29 April 2012
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, will depart on Sunday 29th April to lead a five-day, five-city investment mission to the East, South and Mid-West of the USA, to meet companies considering investing and creating jobs in Ireland.
The IDA mission to Boston, Raleigh, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Chicago will focus particularly on companies in the technology, health/life sciences and financial services sectors, and the Minister will meet 19 companies ranging from start-ups to multi-billion dollar world-leading companies.
During the five full days of the trip, the Minister, who will be accompanied by Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland, as well as other officials, will meet 19 companies, including:
- 9 technology companies, including 4 in
- 4 health/life-sciences companies
- Companies also in the food, business services, aviation
and financial services sectors
- Companies with combined annual revenues of over
$300billion and combined workforces of over 800,000 worldwide
- Companies with operations already in Ireland as well as
companies who may be considering investing here for the first time
- Members of the US media
Before departing, Minister Bruton said:
“Foreign direct investment forms a key part of this Government’s strategy for growth and jobs. Multinational companies are responsible for 250,000 jobs and over €19billion of direct spend in our economy, and a string of announcements over recent weeks from world-leading companies including Apple and Mylan shows that these companies increasingly see Ireland as a location where they can invest and create jobs. Through the Action Plan for Jobs we are determined to build on this, and develop deeper relationships with more multinational companies to create more jobs”.
“During this busy week I will be meeting 19 companies from a wide range of sectors who are considering creating new jobs in Ireland. When I meet senior executives from multinationals like these, they are increasingly impressed by what Ireland has to offer as a gateway to the European market. They are interested to hear about all aspects of what Ireland has to offer, including our skilled workforce, our pro-business environment, our tax offering, our base of multinationals already here, and our relationship with Europe. I look forward to hearing their concerns and telling them that Ireland is open for business, open for investment, and my hope is that this will lead to more jobs created in Ireland in the near future”.