Irish healthcare companies on four-day Enterprise Ireland trade mission to UAE

Over 20 Irish healthcare companies have travelled to the United Arab Emirates for a four-day Enterprise Ireland trade mission led by Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash.

The mission has been organised to coincide with healthcare conference and trade show Arab Health, which is attended by healthcare industry representatives from the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the US.  

The trip includes visits to Abu Dhabi and Dubai where Minister Nash will have a series of political and business engagements and will also meet with representatives of the Irish business community.  The schedule also includes a business event with UKTI and Invest NI.

Enterprise Ireland said Irish companies have been hugely successful in growing exports to the region and the opportunities for continued growth are very strong.  In 2011, healthcare companies represented 10pc of Enterprise Ireland’s total exporters in the Middle East/North Africa region, a figure that is expected to increase dramatically to around 30pc by 2016. The number of Irish companies exhibiting at Arab Health with Enterprise Ireland has doubled over the last three years.

This year’s delegation includes a number of high tech products and solutions providers within the healthcare industry, including disciplines such as vaccination, infection control, precision engineering, diagnostics, probiotics and pharmabiotics, wound care, surgical equipment and management of hospital data and records.

‘’Ireland is well established as a global centre of excellence in the area of medical technology,” said Minister Nash.  “The sector brings together multinational companies and Irish owned companies, employing over 50,000 people, and we are bringing representatives of both to Dubai to participate in Arab Health.  

“This sector is of enormous importance to Ireland but we are not resting on our achievements.  The Government and the medical technology sector together continue to support research-led innovation, to ensure that we remain at the forefront of this industry.

“I fully appreciate the support of the Irish diaspora in the UAE and across the region, who give generously of their time in assisting Irish companies trying to break new ground.”

“A key element of Enterprise Ireland’s strategy is the determination to support our client companies to grow their export sales in global markets and create jobs at home,” said Enterprise Ireland CEO, Julie Sinnamon.  “Ireland has over 250 highly innovative life sciences companies that have been active in European and US markets for some time, and are more recently breaking new ground in the Middle East. 

“We feel there is a strong match between their products and services and the areas of demand in this region and will continue to support their ambitious growth plans for expanding their global business.’’

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