Minister for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen will lead an Enterprise Ireland trade visit to Antwerp in Belgium today.
The aim of the trade visit is to promote Ireland’s extensive experience and capability within the high-tech construction and engineering sectors. The programme provides four key networking opportunities for the 25 participating Irish companies to make new high-level business contacts in the Belgian pharmaceutical, engineering and construction sectors.
During the visit, Minister Breen will address a ‘prepare for Brexit’ seminar, and an Enterprise Ireland seminar designed to develop partnerships between Irish and Belgian companies who supply or manufacture products within the European pharmaceutical industry.
He will also meet Enterprise Ireland clients during a lunch-time forum on the topic ‘Building scale in a changing economic climate’. The main trade dinner will be attended by 80 participants from representatives of the Irish and Belgian business communities and the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering.
Commenting on the trip, International Sales & Partnering Manager at Enterprise Ireland, Leo McAdams said, "This trade visit to Belgium is one of over 40 international trade visits planned by Enterprise Ireland this year to further increase exports from client companies. Exports from the Irish construction and engineering sector account for €57m."
He added, "This visit aims to build on this success by demonstrating how Irish high-tech construction companies can meet the needs of the Belgian pharmaceutical industry. It is part of Enterprise Ireland’s drive to increase the export market penetration and diversification of Irish companies post Brexit."