"Brexit has the potential to reshape Ireland’s enterprise and export strategy for decades to come"
The Government has launched a new plan to boost our export and tourism sectors today.
'Ireland Connected' aims strengthen our economic resilience in the face of global uncertainty.
It follows up on a similar plan for 2010 to 2015 and has been unveiled by the Taoiseach at an event in Dublin this morning.
The plan is designed to "deepen Ireland’s economic resilience and responsiveness in the face of highly changeable global conditions by intensifying our business development activity in existing markets and diversifying into new regions."
Its key focuses include:
Launching the strategy, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said:
"Ireland is one of the world’s most open, export-based economies and our new trade strategy 'Ireland Connected' sets out our strategic plan for the years ahead. While we are determined to preserve the gains that we have made so painstakingly over recent years, Brexit has the potential to reshape Ireland’s enterprise and export strategy for decades to come. Ireland's immediate priority will be to further diversify and intensify our engagement with non-UK markets, with a particular emphasis on the Eurozone.
"By working together we are confident that with the right policies and cross-Government commitment we will continue to attract FDI, overseas visitors and international students, and to help Irish businesses reach into new markets," he continued.
Its key targets include:
Under the previous strategy, the value of total exports from Ireland increased by a third from €175bn in 2011 to €234bn in 2015. Total exports are estimated to reach €240bn in 2016.