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Economic & Promotional Work of our Embassy Network in 2013

The Tánaiste met Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at the start of the Trade Mission to Turkey

136 high-level visits with a significant economic or promotional dimension across 52 countries

In 2013, our Embassy network continued to play a crucial role in supporting the Government’s work to increase trade, tourism and investment in Ireland.

Our Embassy network supported 136 visits with a significant economic or promotional dimension by Ministers or Oireachtas delegations to 52 countries. These high-level visits were designed to increase trade and investment in Ireland and support Ireland’s economic recovery.

In close coordination with the State agencies, including Enterprise Ireland, the IDA, Bord Bia and Tourism Ireland, in 2013, our embassy network: 

Secured Market Access for Irish products to 9 international markets, including China, Japan, Australia and the Gulf region with a combined population of 1.5 billion


We are placing an increasing focus on the world’s emerging economies. Our Embassy network supported six high level visits to China, as well as, the largest ever tourism sales mission to the country. This included a four day political and trade mission led by the Tánaiste in July during which full market access for Irish salmon exports was announced.

In close coordination with the State agencies, our network also supported:

- an investment-focussed trade mission to India

- a major push to attract international scholarship students from Brazil, resulting in ten times more Brazilian students coming to Ireland in 2013 than in 2010

- a major trade mission to Turkey led by the Tánaiste during which deals were secured expected to reach well over €30m in value

- a Presidential visit to Mexico, supported by our Embassy in Mexico, during which the President addressed 700 leading business and political leaders at the Cumbre de Negocios in Guadalajara, the foremost annual business and economic summit in Latin America.

- a major trade mission to South Africa and Nigeria led by Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello

- senior Ministerial visits to the Philippines and Indonesia as part of the St Patrick’s Day programme for the first time