Message from Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
‘Ireland’s commitment to low corporation tax and pro-business policies makes the country an ideal partner for Chinese businesses.
Ireland’s economy continues to grow. Exports are doing well and employment is expanding – driven by the ingenuity of companies and the support of Government.
In international financial services, Ireland hosts more than 80 leading Global Banks, 8 of the top 10 Global Fund Administrators and 9 of the Top 20 Global Financial Technology Companies.
A number of very successful Ministerial led trade missions have been organised to China. During his visit to China in 2012, Prime Minister Enda Kenny concluded a Strategic Partnership Agreement with China which set out a framework for closer engagement and cooperation between Ireland and China.
The most recent trade mission in June 2014 built on Ireland’s existing economic links with China and a total of over €40million in trade and investment announcements. The announcements made by Irish companies during this trade mission clearly demonstrate the opportunities that exist for highly innovative and ambitious Irish companies in China.
Ireland provides a particularly strong offering for Chinese companies in the information and communication technology (ICT) and the international financial services (IFS) sectors. In ICT, Ireland is a regional hub for the top 10 global internet companies and 9 of the top 10 global software companies.
Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
The future of the Ireland-China relationship in terms of business exchange and collaboration is set to continue in the positive tone seen in recent years’.