Tánaiste backs new trade-based partnership with Africa
DUBLIN, Ireland, October 3, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D., today highlighted the growth potential for Irish companies doing business in Africa.
Speaking at the Africa-Ireland Economic Forum in UCD’s Smurfit Business School, the Tánaiste insisted it was time to move away from the donor-recipient relationship with Africa towards one of partnership and collaboration:
“Africa is generating remarkable economic growth and, according to the IMF, will have the fastest-growing economy of any continent over the next five years. This opens up new opportunities for Africa and for Ireland.”
According to the Irish Exporters’ Association (IEA), exports of Irish goods and services to Africa reached €2.7 billion last year – an increase of 200 percent since 2009. The IEA expects Irish exports to Africa to hit €24 billion by…
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