THE MINISTER FOR enterprise and innovation Richard Bruton has begun a trade and education mission to India and Saudi Arabia today.
In conjunction with Enterprise Ireland, Bruton will begin in India with a mission of 22 Irish companies and will follow this with a visit to Saudi Arabia where he will support an education mission of 13 Irish universities and institutes of technologies (IT).
According to Enterprise Ireland, over 30 Irish companies are operating offices in India with a further 100 companies in the early stages of selling in the Indian market.
Over 100 Irish companies are exporting to India, according to the development agency.
Bruton is keen to expand this, saying: “The continued steady growth of Irish exports to India represents an excellent performance and there are significant further opportunities for increased trade and partnership between Irish and Indian organisations.”
The trip to Saudi Arabia along with 13 Irish universities and ITs is aimed at promoting Irish higher education institutions to prospective students from the country.
Bruton said Saudi Arabia was Ireland’s “most important trading partner in the Middle East”, and said he was keen to develop opportunities for Saudi students to study in Ireland.