Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach this week welcomed the Ambassador of Taiwan, Simon Tu to Dundalk as part of a presentation the Ambassador gave to The Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and representatives from the local business community.
“There are enormous opportunities for export to Taiwan from Ireland. Taiwan is approximately half the size of Ireland and has a population of 23.5 million.
“The Ambassador mentioned opportunities in agri-food, Irish Whiskey, powdered milk, baby formula in addition to manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.”
“A presentation was given to the Ambassador pointing out all of the advantages that the Dundalk Region offers Taiwan – the Pharma-ready plant at Mullaharlin in addition to numerous other business and manufacturing sites in the region, the proximity to two international airports, great motorway, road and rail transport, the proximity to DKIT among others.”
“Opportunities for learning through student exchange were discussed, and I hope to see this progressed through creating a link with DKIT who had representatives at the presentation also.”
“The Ambassador said that it was regrettable that the IDA closed its office in Taipei in 2011. He stressed the importance of having a presence on the ground there to assist and focus on the extensive trading links that could exist for Ireland and Taiwan.”
“I will be communicating with the Minister to see if a trade office in Taipei can be re-opened. There are strong commercial reasons to reopen it.”