Seán Canney, Minister for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, is in China, as part of the St. Patrick’s Day ‘Promote Ireland’ programme for 2017
St. Patrick’s Day offers an opportunity for the Irish Government to reach out to other countries, and to our diaspora, in a way that is unique to us. It allows trade and diplomatic relations to be strengthened and shines a light on Ireland and all we have to offer through our world-renowned greening of iconic sites.
Minister Canney said “I am delighted to be representing Ireland in China for the St. Patrick’s Day “Promote Ireland” Programme. St. Patrick’s Day provides Ireland with both an international platform to deliver our strategic messages as well as access to key political and business contacts in leading markets around the world. China is now the world’s second largest economy.”
During his visit, the Minister is engaging in a full and focused programme to promote our trade, tourism, and investment in China. He is attending business events and high-level political meetings in Hong Kong, Macau, Beijing and Shanghai. A key element of the programme is the “Greening” of a section of the Great Wall of China near Beijing, today.
Minister Canney said, “China is a developing market and St. Patrick’s day is a unique opportunity for Ireland to reach out to business and communities in China in promoting our key messages and strengthening our close economic, trade, educational and tourism ties with China. I am delighted to be meeting with political leaders, businesses as well as members of the thriving Irish community and our many Chinese friends who have extended a very warm and friendly welcome to me.”