Costello leads 37 companies on first Irish trade visit to Nigeria
THE Government is leading 37 companies on the first-ever Irish trade mission to Nigeria this week.
The five-day mission, which begins today, also includes South Africa as the Government aims to increase Irish exports to the region.
The trip, which is being led by junior minister at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Joe Costello, will focus on financial services in Johannesburg, telecom-munications in Cape Town and financial services and education in Lagos.
Mr Costello will also open Enterprise Ireland's new offices in Johannesburg today.
Enterprise Ireland- supported companies exported more than €400m worth of goods and services last year to South Africa – up a fifth on 2010.
Thirty Irish companies are operating there.
Mr Costello said the mission was an example of how critical trade missions were to Ireland's recovery.
"It is estimated that total Irish exports of goods and services reached €2.7bn last year – an increase of 200pc since 2009," he said.
"The trade mission to Nigeria is the first of its kind organised by Enterprise Ireland with the support of my department and our embassy in Nigeria, and is a clear indicator of the level of opportunity that exists for innovative Irish companies."
Mr Costello's schedule includes a series of meetings with Irish companies and their partners and customers, – as well as high-level meetings.