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Tánaiste to visit Russia 6 7 November 2011

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade will visit Russia on 6-7 November 2011.  He will have discussions with the Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sergey Lavrov.  He will also chair the Joint Economic Commission between Ireland and Russia. In addition, the Tánaiste will host a business breakfast and will launch the ‘Education in Ireland’ brand in Moscow. He will meet members of the Irish community and the Global Irish Network and a range of other contacts. 

Speaking in advance of his visit, the Tánaiste said:

“I am looking forward to my meeting with Minister Lavrov, and in particular, discussing the synergies for Irish and Russian cooperation in international fora.  My intensive schedule attests to the emphasis we place on deepening and broadening further our political and economic relations with Russia.”

The Tánaiste will chair our JEC (Joint Economic Commission) with the Russian Federation on Monday 7 November and said he was delighted to have the opportunity to lead a strong delegation at the meeting in Moscow. 

“I look forward to having a fruitful round of discussions with our Russian colleagues lead by Minister Valery Okulov. We will cover a range of issues in the areas of education, agriculture, transport, energy, ICT and technology - areas in which there is already significant co-operation and where we believe there is strong potential to strengthen our partnership to our mutual benefit. “  

The Tánaiste acknowledged that  the real challenge will be in relation to the implementation of any outcomes from the meeting    “…that is why I am glad that next Monday we will be setting up an institutional mechanism to ensure follow-up to any commitments or initiatives coming out of our discussions. We will now have a number of sectoral networks in both administrations which will facilitate Government efforts to support Irish companies doing business in Russia.”   

“I believe that this session of the JEC has the potential to deliver a real momentum to our already strong trade and economic relationship with the Russian Federation.”

The Tánaiste will meet members of the Global Irish Network during his visit. He commented that:

“When I gave the closing remarks at the Global Irish Forum in October, I emphasised the importance of what happens next. Meeting with member of the Global Irish Network takes the ideas of the Forum and turns them into concrete actions to grow Ireland’s opportunities abroad.”

While in Moscow, the Tánaiste will also launch the ‘Education in Ireland’ brand and meet members of the Irish Community and a range of other contacts in Russian society.

Note to editors:

A Joint Economic Commission or JEC is a formal bilateral Intergovernmental forum managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade which provides a forum for discussing trade and economic issues between the two countries involved; currently Ireland has  JECs with  China, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and  the Russian Federation.  Our JEC is with Libya is currently in abeyance.