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Minister Bruton departs on 5-day 4-city trade and investment mission to China with 36 Irish companies

Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland mission includes a total of 53 meetings and events aimed at supporting jobs in Ireland

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD today (Saturday) departs on a 5-day, 4-city trade and investment mission to China, aimed at supporting more jobs in Ireland by delivering more exports for Irish companies, as well as extra multinational investment into Ireland.

This is Minister Bruton’s 28th major trade/investment mission since taking office 4 ½ years ago, and his 4th to China. As part of its strategy to support increased exports and jobs, this Government more than doubled the number of trade missions since taking office.

The mission, organised by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, involves a total of 36 Irish companies, and comprises 44 meetings and events. 4 cities will be covered – Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzen and Hong Kong. Minister Bruton will be accompanied on this trade and investment mission by Julie Sinnamon CEO Enterprise Ireland and Martin Shanahan CEO IDA. Among the programme is included:

  • 21 meetings and events aimed at supporting increased exports by Irish companies to China
  • 6 one-on-one meetings with multinational companies considering investments in Ireland
  • 7 engagements with media, aimed at communicating Ireland’s economic story in the countries involved

Speaking before departing, Minister Bruton said:

“At the heart of our jobs plan since taking office has been growing employment in the exporting parts of the economy. Key to this has been growing the performance of companies supported by my Department through Enterprise Ireland and IDA, and in particular targeting high-growth markets like China and India. In order to achieve this we have put in place a range of new measures including doubling the number of Ministerial led trade missions, extra staff for Enterprise Ireland and IDA in overseas markets, and tax incentives to make it easier for exporting Irish companies to grow their sales overseas

”This will be my fourth trade mission to China in just over four years in office, reflecting the importance of this market for Ireland, both as a source of foreign direct investment and as a destination for our own Irish exporting companies.

“I look forward to a productive week helping Irish companies to develop relationships with the Chinese State Agencies and companies who might buy their goods and services, and meeting Chinese companies considering investing in Ireland. I am confident that out of this week we can deliver concrete results in the form of additional jobs in Ireland”.

Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland who is accompanying Minister Bruton on the trade mission said: “China is the largest and fastest growing market in Asia for Irish companies. Over 300 Enterprise Ireland clients are currently exporting to China. In the last 12 months alone we have seen over 50 new Irish exporters to China. This trade mission will put a spotlight firmly on the range of great products and services coming out of Ireland. It will also highlight the significant opportunity that exists within the Chinese market for innovative Irish companies. Enterprise Ireland is focused on working with our client companies to help drive their export sales – ultimately creating and sustaining jobs in Ireland”.


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For more details contact:

Paula Chase, Press Officer, Enterprise Ireland Direct: 01 7272842

Press Office, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, (01) 631 2200 or 


  • China has the      world’s largest population - over 1.4 billion people & world’s third      largest country. It has 8 cities with population of >10 million, 93      cities with population of >5 million, 263 cities with population of      over 1 million. Its growing middle class is forecasted to expand to 700      million by 2020
  • Irish goods exports      in 2014 to China were €1.491billion, representing 5% growth on the previous      year’s figure.
  • Irish services      exports in 2013 to China (the latest year for which complete figures are      available) were €2.307billion, representing 4% growth on the previous      year’s figure
  • China is Ireland’s 12th largest export destination for goods, and 10th largest for services
  • The sectors accounting for the largest volumes of our goods exports to China include medical and pharmaceutical products (28%), infant foods and other miscellaneous food products (16%), organic chemicals (mainly for pharma sector) (12%), medical devices (7%) and electronic components (5%)
  • China is critical to Enterprise Ireland’s strategic objective of supporting client companies to deliver 40,000 new jobs and €22bn exports by 2016. In 2014, exports by Irish companies to Greater China surged 45% to reach €631.4m
  • Under IDA’s current strategy “Winning: Foreign Direct Investment 2015-2019” China will continue to be the key growth market for IDA Ireland. Chinese companies currently employ well over 2000 people in Ireland and IDA is targeting significant growth from Chinese companies as part of hitting the targets laid out in “Winning”.

Saturday 12th September 2015 (Dublin)


14:30-15:00     Meeting with Chinese State Agency, Dublin airport 

17:00               Flight to Beijing 

Sunday 13th September 2015 (Beijing) 

15:20               Arrive at Beijing Airport, 

18:00               Mission Briefing 

19:00               Informal meeting with trade mission participants 

Monday 14th September 2015 (Beijing) 

07:20               Convene in hotel lobby and depart. 

08:00               Meeting with State Agency and Investment Group, energy sector 

09:30               Ministry of Commerce Meeting 

10:55               Meeting with multinational company, financial services sector 

12:30               Lunch meeting with State Agency, financial services sector 

13:45               Meeting with State Agency 

14:00               Ireland-China Partnership for Technology and Globalisation Conference 

15:35               Meeting with Irish company and Chinese State body 

16:00               Media interview 

16:30               Media interview 

17:00               Business alumni meeting 

19:00               Private dinner with senior executives from Chinese companies 

Tuesday 15th September 2015 (Beijing) 

08:00               Convene in hotel lobby and depart 

09:00               Meeting with Chinese State Agency, food sector 

11:00               Meeting with multinational company 

12:30               Aviation lunch 

13:30               Media interview 

17:00               Train to Shanghai 

22:24               Arrive at Shanghai train station 

Wednesday 16th September 2015 (Shanghai) 

07:00               Meeting with Irish company, food sector and Chinese partner 

07:20               Meeting with Irish company, food sector and Chinese partner 

07:40               Meeting with Irish company, tech sector and Chinese partner 

08:00               Business Breakfast                       

09:00               Depart for next meeting 

10:30               Meeting with multinational company, manufacturing sector 

12:30               Media interview with lunch                       

14:00               EI Technology Seminar with Chinaccelerator 

16:10               Access China via eCommerce webinar launch event                       

16:45               Depart for airport 

18:05               Arrive at Shanghai Hongqiao airport.

                        Briefing at airport


19:05               Depart for Shenzhen 

21:35               Arrive at Shenzhen Bao’an airport 

Thursday 17th September 2015 (Shenzhen) 

08:30               Business Breakfast 

09:45               Meeting with multinational company, tech sector 

12:00               Meeting with multinational company, tech sector 

13:30               Media interview 

15:30               Office opening event for Irish exporting company in Shenzen 

17:00               PCH Accelerator 

18:00               Depart Shenzhen for Hong Kong by car 

19:30               Arrive Hong Kong 

20:00               Briefing session 

20:30               Depart for dinner 

Friday 18 September (Hong Kong) 

07:30               Depart hotel 

07:40               Media interview 

08:30               Business breakfast 

10:00               Fintech Event 

11:15               Media interview 

12:30               Lunch with senior executives and professionals from Hong Kong area 

15:00               Venture Capital Meeting 

16:30               Official opening of Irish Consulate General in Hong Kong 

19:00               Dinner with senior executives from Chinese and Irish companies 

22:55               Depart for Dublin