The two themes of the hashtag Africa hashtag#Ireland Economic Forum — hashtag agribusiness and hashtag women in business — resonated with the wide range of African and Irish businesses which gathered in the Convention Centre in hashtag#Dublin last week.
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, delivered the opening address, stating: “Since 2014, Ireland’s trade with Africa has increased by 13%. Irish food and drink companies have been particularly successful, with Bord Bia estimating that exports to the hashtag continent have gone up by 28% over the past two years.”
The Tánaiste urged more Irish companies to deepen their engagement with the world’s fastest-growing continent. To help with increased engagement, he announced the expansion of the Africa Agri-Food Development Programme (AADP), which assists Irish companies to partner with local enterprises in African countries.
The programme offers funding up to a maximum of €250,000 per company for a full project or €100,000 for a feasibility study.
He emphasised female hashtag#entrepreneurs, who have not used the fund to date, and encouraged them to apply. The Lady Agri–Development fund came in for special mention