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  • Michael Garvey, Director of Asia and the Middle East for Enterprise Ireland spoke at a recent IBF lunch. The lunch was well attended with many members keen to welcome Michael back to Hong Kong after a long absence.

    Enterprise Ireland is the state agency tasked with helping the development of Irish companies so they can compete and grow in world markets. In Asia and the Middle East, Enterprise Ireland has 9 offices, 6 of which are in Asia Pacific. The main types of companies working with Michael and his team are high performance start-ups, fast-growth companies, mature companies building their exports and Irish MNCs. Recently, Enterprise Ireland has set up some incubators in this part of Asia with the intention of giving Irish exporters a head start with their local office set up. This has proved tremendously popular with more companies expected over the coming months.

    Michael also spoke of the visit of the LE Niamh to this region, noting that, "over 8000 people visited the ship in 6 Asian ports and, of these, the key government and business decision makers accounted for 2000". There were 44 separate business events and it is believed that at least 2 deals resulted directly from this highly successful trip. The attraction of the ship and its navy were undoubtedly a big draw and in conclusion, Michael noted that " the visit was a tremendous success in generating goodwill for Ireland, Irish business and the Irish Navy".

    Michael concluded his talk by describing the structure of Enterprise Ireland and how it works with seasoned businesspeople in mentoring Irish companies as they seek to navigate their way to world markets.

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