Today, Minister Heather Humphreys TD and Minister Pat Breen TD commenced a two-day Trade and Investment Mission to Dublin and Cork. Organised by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, the annual mission is a key element of the agencies’ joint ‘Global Sourcing’ programme which aims to create business opportunities for Irish-owned companies with Multinationals (MNCs) based in Ireland.
Over the course of the two days, more than 400 pre-arranged one-to-one meetings are scheduled to take place between 188 Irish suppliers and 96 MNCs based in Ireland. The scheduled meetings offer an opportunity to Irish companies seeking credible access to procurement teams in global MNCs. Open networking sessions will also take place to allow for further informal meeting opportunities.
Providing MNCs with direct access to potential local suppliers, the organisers hope the mission is an important platform for raising awareness of the capabilities of innovative Irish SMEs across a range of sectors.
Commenting on the mission, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD said, "This trade mission is about showcasing the products and services of innovative Irish companies to multinationals based in Ireland. There are hundreds of Irish companies already working with multinationals here and strong partnerships have built up over time."
She added, "This is a ‘win win’ for everyone involved – Irish companies can scale and go global more quickly, and multinationals can get the cutting-edge solutions they need from their base in Ireland. All in all, it makes good business sense and I am delighted that the Government is supporting such a worthwhile initiative in line with our Future Jobs Ireland strategy."