Minister Donohoe represents Ireland at the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting of Foreign Ministers (ASEM FMM 11) in New Delhi
Minister for European Affairs, Paschal Donohoe T.D., is in New
Delhi today and tomorrow (11th and 12th
November) representing Ireland at the 11th Asia-Europe
Meeting of Foreign Ministers (ASEM FMM 11).
This Meeting is taking place with all Ministers keenly aware of,
and deeply saddened by, the tragic loss of life in the Philippines
in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
In expressing sympathy and solidarity at the Meeting, Minister
Donohoe welcomed discussion today between the Philippines and ASEM
Ministers regarding the coordination of relief efforts, noting
Ireland’s contribution of €1m euro. The Minister will also meet
with the delegation from the Philippines to discuss the response to
the disaster and to express Ireland’s support.
ASEM is unique in that it is the only inter-regional forum which
brings together Asian and European countries.
Developing closer links with Asia remains a priority for the Irish
Government and the attendance by Minister Donohoe at the Meeting
underlines this commitment. Together, the 51 ASEM countries
represent half of the world’s GDP, two thirds of the world’s
population and almost two thirds of global trade.
Speaking at the Meeting, Minister Donohoe said:
“Ireland and Irish companies have a long history of success in
the Asian market but there is significant potential remaining. With
growth rates in Asia out-performing much of the rest of the world,
developing our trade, and political, links with Asia remains a
priority for the Government.”
In his address to the Meeting, Minister Donohoe underlined the
importance of strengthening cooperation to revive global growth,
“Actions to promote further market opening need to be
accompanied by appropriate complementary policies in order to
maximise the potential economic benefits of greater trade
liberalisation and more open markets.
We in Ireland have made significant efforts to improve
competitiveness and to enhance innovation in our economy…actively
creating new trade and investment links with countries worldwide is
Over the course of the two days, the Ministers will discuss a
wide-range of issues with a focus on the challenges and
opportunities of economic growth and sustainable development.
Minister Donohoe will also meet separately with the Ministers from
India, Singapore, Vietnam and Myanmar to discuss their relationship
with Ireland and ways in which political, economic and
people-to-people links can be further developed.