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Pat Breen TD Minister for Employment and Small Business leads Trade Mission to India

Three-city visit supports Enterprise Ireland client companies to grow exports to India to €100M by 2020 as part of post-Brexit strategy

The Minister for Employment and Small Business, Mr Pat Breen TD, begins a five-day Enterprise Ireland trade mission today (15th November 2016) to further develop trade, political, economic & commercial links between Ireland and India.

The Enterprise Ireland led mission will promote Ireland as a source of innovative technology to support increased exports by Irish companies to India and promote foreign direct investment into Ireland by Indian companies. It is part of the intensified programme of Ministerial-led missions and events to support Irish exporters to diversify into new markets in response to the challenges posed by Brexit.

The official programme of 14 high-level meetings and events will commence with the Minister ringing the official bell at the start of trading on the Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai tomorrow (Wednesday 16th November).

13 Irish companies from the aviation, financial services, pharmaceuticals and health, ICT and education sectors are participating in the mission which takes in three cities - Mumbai, Bengaluru and New Delhi.

Speaking on his arrival in India, Minister Breen said; “India-Ireland bilateral ties are important to both countries and it’s an honour to be part of this shared ambition and future. India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and there is huge potential for innovative Irish companies in the Indian market, particularly in key sectors such as aviation, ICT and education”.

The Minister continued: “Brexit will likely pose a number of challenges for our exporters. That is why, through Enterprise Ireland, we are working to find new customers for Irish companies overseas. The Indian economy is the seventh-largest economy in the world in terms of GDP and has a growing population. We see opportunities to grow Irish exports to India, to position Ireland as an ideal location for FDI and for Indian students to come to Ireland to study English”.

Minister Breen’s last day will include travel to New Delhi where the focus will be on the exchange of information and growing trade in the aviation sector. Meetings with senior aviation industry executives including the CEO of Air India as well as India’s Civil Aviation Minister will be on the agenda.

Brendan Flood, Enterprise Ireland’s Director of Sales and Partnering who is accompanying Minister Breen on the trade mission said;

“Trade Missions like this multi-sectoral one to India, play a vital role in promoting Ireland’s world-class goods and services in international markets and enable the global ambition of Irish companies. Minister Breen’s visit to India is a welcome boost to achieving Enterprise Ireland’s strategic goal of increasing exports by our client companies to India from €50 million in 2014 to €100 million in 2020”.

“This trade mission is part of Enterprise Ireland’s drive to increase the export market penetration and diversification of Irish companies post-Brexit. The aim is to deliver increased export sales to the region, in this case India, which support job creation in Ireland”, said Mr. Flood.

The Minister will end his India trip by visiting the Irish education student fair in New Delhi where 14 Irish Institutes will present their offer to Indian students considering international study options. The Education in Ireland fair will travel to four cities in India namely New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai. It will give potential students and their parents an opportunity to meet the Irish institutes face to face and get valuable information about courses and admission procedures.