Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development Ciarán Cannon, TD, will visit Vietnam and Thailand from November 11 to 16 for a wide-ranging programme of political, economic and community engagements.
During the visit, the Minister will have bilateral political meetings to discuss Ireland’s strong and growing economic links with Vietnam and to mark the establishment an Irish aid-funded education partnership in the field of agriculture.
The visit also affords the opportunity for the Minister to visit Irish Aid-funded development projects and to see their impact on the ground. Minister Cannon will participate in the Irish Aid sponsored Hanoi Pride festival on November 11 before travelling to Hoa Binh province the following day for a field visit to Government of Vietnam and civil society programmes. The programmes funded by Irish Aid include infrastructure and tourism projects to provide sustainable livelihoods for marginalised ethnic minorities.
The Minster will also meet members of Ireland’s diaspora in Hanoi and friends of Ireland, including Vietnamese alumni of Irish universities.
In Bangkok on November 15, the Minister will meet with the heads of diplomatic missions from the region to discuss Ireland’s growing presence in Asia and how best to maximise Ireland’s economic and political engagement in the context of the Government’s commitment to doubling our global footprint by 2025.
In addition to a series of bilateral political engagements and a briefing on the Kerry Group’s operations in Thailand, Minister Cannon will attend a working dinner organised jointly by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland for key business contacts.
In Bangkok, Minister Cannon will make the keynote address to the Asia Pacific Irish Business Forum (APIBF). The Minister will also address the opening event of the twenty-third Annual Asian Gaelic Games and will meet some of the hundreds of players and supporters attending the games from countries in the region.
Speaking ahead of the visit, Minister Cannon said: “While Ireland is a small country, we have links to people all around the world thanks to our vibrant diaspora communities. This has contributed to the strong friendships Ireland enjoys with Vietnam and Thailand and I am looking forward to a week of comprehensive and engaging meetings with various partners and communities across region.”