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Ireland announces plans to double impact in Asia Pacific region

It will include a new communications strategy to increase Ireland’s visibility.

Tanaiste Simon Coveney, left, and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (Niall Carson/PA)
Tanaiste Simon Coveney, left, and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (Niall Carson/PA)

The Government has announced plans to double Ireland’s footprint in the Asia Pacific region as part of the next phase of its Global Ireland 2025 initiative.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tanaiste Simon Coveney said a new strategy for the region would be launched during the Rugby World Cup in Japan to promote Ireland as a great place to invest, study, trade with, and visit.

It will include a new communications strategy to increase Ireland’s visibility.

The plans were announced at a special summit at Dublin Castle on Monday to mark one year since the launch of the Global Ireland initiative.

The government strategy aims to double the scope and impact of Ireland’s global footprint by 2025 by opening new embassies and consulates.

Mr Varadkar told attendees that good progress had been made in the past 12 months with eight new embassies and consulates having opened.

“We are opening new embassies and consulates because we know that by expanding and enhancing Ireland’s presence overseas we can grow our economy here at home and increase our influence internationally,” he said.

“As a small open economy, I believe it is vital that Ireland is open to opportunities on a global scale.

“Global Ireland is not a response to Brexit, but it will certainly help us to deal with the consequences of the UK leaving the EU.

“While some of our allies and neighbours may be turning inwards, we are sending out a clear message that Ireland believes in multilateralism and international co-operation on tackling some of the biggest challenges facing the globe, including climate change and the rise of populism.”

He also said Ireland should see itself as a country that’s at the centre of the world.

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said: “The new embassies and diplomatic offices that we have opened are a clear signal of intent and are already providing practical assistance to Irish citizens, Irish businesses and Irish cultural voices.

“This is where we are seeing the real value of Global Ireland. We have to keep the momentum up and build on this investment to enhance our global presence.”

Business Minister Heather Humphreys said: “There is no doubt that Ireland has made great progress economically in the last few years.

“In 2018, Enterprise Ireland clients had record exports of 23.8 billion euro, IDA supported companies made a total of 265 investments, and a record number of 11.2 million visitors came to our shores spending 6 billion euro. All of this supports jobs for people here in Ireland. However, we have to do more.

“Under Global Ireland, we have expanded the presence of our State Agencies and Department staff internationally to increase our trade impact, and I am keen for this to continue.”



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