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Friday 22 August 2014

Switzerland trade mission aims to increase exports

Sarah Stack

Published 12/06/2014 | 02:30

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A national flag of Switzerland flies in front of the headquarters of Swiss bank Credit Suisse in Zurich
A national flag of Switzerland flies in front of the headquarters of Swiss bank Credit Suisse in Zurich

UP TO 65 Irish companies have started a three-day trade mission to Switzerland in a bid to develop business links and increase Irish exports.

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The Alpine nation is Ireland's sixth largest merchandise and services trading partner, with a total bilateral trade worth approximately €10bn recorded in 2011.

Junior enterprise minister Sean Sherlock is leading the Enterprise Ireland event, which will visit the main business cities of Geneva, Basel and Zurich.

"This trade mission is about creating new Irish jobs and supporting existing ones by increasing Ireland's exports," he said.

"Switzerland is a very important market for Irish companies. The country has experienced consistently strong economic growth and is home to many Fortune 500 companies."

More than 200 Irish-owned companies are already successfully doing business in Switzerland, offering a wealth of innovative products and services to the pharmaceutical and medical devices sector, ICT, construction, engineering and NGOs.

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