Written Answers. - Ministerial Travel.

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

117 Mr. Kehoe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of times since her appointment to the Government she has been out of the country on official business; the locations she travelled to, the dates and the reason therefor; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18980/03]

I have been out of the country 24 times on official business since my appointment to Government outlined as follows :

Dates

Location

Reason

30/05/02

Belfast

InterTrade Ireland All Island Trade Awards

14/06/02

Jersey

British-Irish Council Meeting

26/06/02

Belfast

North South Ministerial Council Sectoral Meeting

28/06/02

Armagh

North South Ministerial Council Plenary Meeting

03/09/02-07/09/02

Washington, USA

US – Ireland Business Summit

15/09/02-17/09/02

Salzburg, Austria

Second European Economic Summit of the WorldEconomic Forum

24/09/02-27/09/02

Russia

Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission

01/10/02

Belfast

Address at Inaugural Lecture of the Federation of Small Businesses

11/10/02-12/10/02

Copenhagen, Denmark

1st Informal Ministerial Meeting of the EU Competitiveness Council

03/11/02-09/11/02

USA

Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission

14/11/02-16/11/02

Brussels/Berlin

Attend Informal EU Competitiveness Council Meeting/ Address the 8th European Forum

06/12/02

Derry

Opening the British Junior Chamber of Commerce Award Ceremony

23/01/03-26/01/03

Davos, Switzerland

Attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

09/02/03-11/02/03

North Carolina, USA

Keynote Address at the 2003 Emerging Issues Forum on “Jump-Starting Innovation: Government, Universities and Entrepreneurs”

13/02/03-15/02/03

Thessaloniki, Greece

Attend the Ministerial Conference on the European Charter for Small Enterprises and Entrepreneurship

28/02/03-03/03/03

Rome/Brussels

Attend the Twelfth Aspen European Dialogue International Conference. Attend EU Competitiveness Council Meeting

07/03/03-11/03/03

San Francisco, USA

Receive the 2003 Spirit of Ireland Award and meet with IDA client companies

28/03/03-31/03/03

Hungary

Official Visit to Hungary including Attendance at UNIDO Conference “Technology Foresight Summit 2003”

22/04/03-28/04/03

Boston/Chicago, USA

Meeting with various IDA Client Companies

02/05/03

Derry

Meeting with Chamber of Commerce

12/05/03-13/05/03

Brussels

Attend EU Competitiveness Council Meeting

19/05/03-20/05/03

Brussels

Attend EU Competitiveness Council Meeting and receive the European Taxpayers Award

10/06/03-13/06/03

Slovenia/Czech Republic

Official bilateral meetings with Trade, Industry and other relevant Ministers

27/06/03-01/07/03

Morocco

Ministerial Roundtable Meeting of Women Government Ministers/Meetings with Moroccan Ministers for Employment and Foreign Trade