Ireland-Mexico Chamber of Commerce Trade Mission
The Department of Foreign Affairs was delighted to host a delegation from the Ireland-Mexico Chamber of Commerce (IMC) to Iveagh House on 22 February as part of their trade mission to Ireland. The delegation, which was comprised of over 50 individuals representing over 20 companies, visited Ireland from 20-24 February, participating in a varied range of engagements in Dublin and Limerick. The Trade Mission was supported by the IDA in close collaboration with the Embassies of Ireland and Mexico.
Latin America & Caribbean Director, Ciara O'Floinn, hosted a fruitful panel discussion with Director General of Ireland, United Kingdom and Americas Unit, Ruairí de Búrca; Economic Director, Sarah Callanan; Michael Flanagan from the Department of Finance; and Brendan Kilpatrick from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, on the Irish Economy and the opportunities in the bilateral trade and economic relationship
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin TD delivered remarks to the delegation, reflecting on the strong cultural, economic, and historic relationship that our two countries share, and the potential for increased economic growth in the future.
Ambassador of Mexico to Ireland, H.E. Carolina Zaragoza, and Ambassador of Ireland to Mexico, Maeve von Heynitz, also spoke to welcome the IMC's Trade Mission, highlighting the recent increase in engagement between our two countries and the strengthening of bilateral links, which has intensified since the launch of Ireland's first-ever Strategy for Latin America and the Caribbean in 2022.
The IMC was launched in 2016 and aims to promote strong business links between Ireland and Mexico. The Department of Foreign Affairs has been delighted to support and work closely with the IMC in recent years, particularly through collaboration with our Embassy in Mexico. Members of the IMC in attendance included President of the Chamber, Blaine Doyle, and Board Members Orla Branigan and Desmond Mullarkey, amongst many other distinguished guests.
Mexico is Ireland's largest trading partner in Latin America, with overall goods trade in 2021 between Ireland and Mexico worth €2.47 billion. Services trade with Mexico has also seen significant growth over the last 10 years, with exports growing from just over €200m in 2012 to over €1.8bn in 2020, putting Mexico in the top 30 destinations for exports of Irish services.