Pat Breen, Ireland’s Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, will commence one of the largest trade missions to the region covering UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain, accompanied by 34 leading Irish companies.
The five-day trade mission organised by Enterprise Ireland, the Irish Government agency that promotes Irish enterprises and international trade, will be focused on enhancing the existing trade links with the region and promoting Ireland as a world class provider of goods and services, including across the engineering sector.
The trade mission signifies the importance of the region to Ireland which has experienced a year on year increase in exports from Irish companies.
In total, Irish trade with the three countries being visited by Breen has increased by 23% for the period January to August 2019 compared to the same period last year.
Marking the start of the trade mission, Breen said: “I am delighted to be back in the Middle East leading such a diverse range of companies that demonstrate the strength of Irish expertise, goods and services.
"We value the strong relationships we have in the region and look forward to emphasising our 'Irish Advantage' and so that the exports between our countries can continue to grow.”