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Five-day joint Enterprise Ireland / IDA Ireland trade mission to Singapore and Japan

Pictured  L to R:
Dr Orlaigh Quinn (Secretary General Department of Business), Ronald Low (Abrel Rep Singapore), Declan Brosnan (Abrel), Frances Fitzgerald (An Tánaiste), Julie Sinnamon (CEO Enterprise Ireland), Eileen Sharpe (Global Head IDA)

An Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, recently completed a five-day joint Enterprise Ireland / IDA Ireland trade mission to Singapore and Japan.

Abrel were among a number of key Irish Exporters invited by Enterpirse Ireland to participate at this event, the highlight of which was a business dinner at the the Fullerton Hotel hosted by An Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald T.D. Among the invited guests were representatives from Enterprise Ireland, the IDA, the Irish Embassy, members of the business community in Singapore and a number of established Irish exporters to Singapore.

The objectives of the trade mission included; supporting participating Irish companies to further their relationships with new and existing customers in Singapore and Japan, deepening relationships with existing IDA clients to secure further investments for Ireland, positioning Ireland as a post-Brexit solution for Asian companies, and promoting the potential of EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, particularly from a ‘new opportunities for Irish companies’ perspective.

Speaking prior to her departure, An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD said: “I am delighted to be leading this trade and investment mission to Singapore and Japan. Trade Missions are vital in helping us expand into new and emerging markets across the world. Following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, I am working closely with the agencies in my Department who have intensified their efforts on increasing the export market penetration and diversification of Irish companies into alternative markets.”

“This visit will strengthen our existing economic ties with Singapore and Japan and raise awareness of what Ireland can offer, both as a potential location for companies from the Asia-Pacific region and as a source of high-quality, innovative products and services. I look forward to engaging with key decision makers at the highest levels in Government and industry to promote Ireland as a source of world-class products and services across the healthcare, engineering, education, aerospace and digital sectors.”

Exports from Irish companies to Singapore are increasing and now many of these wish to push further into Asia.