Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Questions (331)

Terence Flanagan

Question:

331. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if he will provide details of all official foreign trips he and Ministers of State in his Department intend to take between now and the end of 2014; if he will detail whom they will be meeting with on these trips; the purpose of the trip; the duration of the trip; if there are plans to use all of these trips to promote Ireland as a good place for doing business and as a destination for foreign direct investment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21861/14]

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Written answers (Question to Jobs)

Each year my Department coordinates the organisation of a considerable number of Ministerial-led overseas Trade and Investment Missions, which also incorporate high-level meetings with Ministers and officials in the other country. These Missions involve an extensive range of meetings for participant Irish companies with the aim of developing contacts and/or finalising contracts/joint ventures with partner companies in those countries, developing an awareness of Ireland as a supplier of world-class goods and services, and promoting Ireland as an attractive location for Foreign Direct Investment opportunities in the highly competitive marketplace for global mobile investment. Schedules for the second half of this year have not yet been fully finalised, however details of known trips are set out below in tabular format, together with other official foreign trips which are to be conducted in connection with the work of the Competitiveness Council and the EU SME Envoy Group and involve exchanges of information by senior officials and Ministers on a range of topics relating to the work of my Department.

Minister

Date

Location

June

Trade Mission – China

June

Trade Mission – South Korea

September

Trade Mission – Australia

October

Trade Mission – USA East Coast

Richard Bruton, TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation

November

Trade Mission - USA

May

Competitiveness Council – Brussels

June

Trade Mission – Switzerland

Seán Sherlock, TD, Minister for Research & Innovation

October

Science and Technology Ministers' Roundtable Meeting - Kyoto, Japan

May

Competitiveness Council and Research Council – Brussels, Belgium

June

EU SME Envoy Group – Madrid, Spain

October

Trade Mission – Turkey

October

EU SME Envoy Group – Naples, Italy

John Perry, TD, Minister for Small Business

Towards year end

EU SME Envoy Group - Brussels, Belgium