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Minister Flanagan to meet Swiss Foreign Minister and address Swiss Fund & Asset Managers


The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, today (Wednesday) begins a two day official visit to Switzerland.

Minister Flanagan will meet Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter and also address Swiss fund and asset managers in Zurich to highlight the Government’s commitment to supporting the growth of the International Financial Services Sector in Ireland.
Speaking ahead of the visit, Minister Flanagan said:

“As Ireland’s fifth largest export market, Switzerland is extremely important destination for Irish products including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, dairy and food ingredients, and in financial services.

“Ireland is recognised as one of the leading global hubs of expertise for the establishment and servicing of internationally-distributed, collective investment funds, with the value of assets domiciled or administered in Ireland exceeded €3.2 trillion.

“Exports continue to play a central role in securing our economic recovery and I have put Ireland’s economic renewal at the centre of my work, by promoting Ireland internationally as a destination for business, investment, tourism and education.”

The Minister is visiting Switzerland at the invitation of Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter. Minister Flanagan stated:

“I am delighted to accept Minister Burkhalter’s invitation to visit Switzerland and I look forward to discussions with him on the range of key issues that our countries partner on, particularly nuclear disarmament, the OSCE and sustainable development.

“Both the Irish and Swiss Governments are committed to the creation of a business-friendly environment and to working in partnership with industry to drive investment, entrepreneurship, jobs and innovation.

“I look forward to building stronger bilateral relations between Switzerland and Ireland and continuing to work closely with Minister Burkhalter on all of these issues.”

Press Office
6 May 2015