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Asia Trip January 2017

Posted January 20th, 2017

In January I undertook a four-day trip to Beijing and Hong Kong to promote Ireland’s financial services (IFS) sector, during which I met officials in the Chinese Ministry of Finance, the People’s Bank of China and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, amongst others.

I spoke at the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong on the subject of cyber-security and payment technologies and outlined the role and strength of indigenous Irish FinTech companies, which are playing a vital role as our IFS2020 Strategy continues its progress towards the creation of 10,000 new financial services jobs in the five years to the end of 2019. Take a look at some photos here, here and here.

The China visit was the latest in a series of overseas engagements at which I and my team have been promoting ‘IFS Ireland’, a task that has assumed even greater importance for our country in view of Britain’s forthcoming departure from the EU.

You can watch an interview with CNBC here and read a report with Bloomberg here.

There are some more photos on Twitter, like this one of me closing the Honk Kong Stock Exchange, here, or speaking at an investor’s lunch here.

Read more on my trip to Beijing and Hong Kong here.