Modi arrives in Ireland for historic visit

 

Modi arrives in Ireland for historic visit
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Dublin - Relations between India and Ireland date back to over 60 years and in 2013, the total trade in goods and services was pegged at euro 2.48 billion.

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Published: Wed 23 Sep 2015, 2:42 PM

Last updated: Wed 23 Sep 2015, 5:05 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Wednesday for his maiden day-long visit to Ireland enroute to the US.
He is scheduled for a "tete-a-tete" with Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny at the Government Buildings in Dublin City Centre followed by a working luncheon hosted by Kenny in honour of Modi, the first Indian Premier to visit the country in almost 60 years.
"We hope to further develop strong people-to-people and economic ties with Ireland in the years to come," Modi had said in a Facebook post in reference to the visit.
Relations between India and Ireland date back to independence and in 2013, the total trade in goods and services was pegged at euro 2.48 billion.
The key items of Irish export include computer hardware and software, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, food and machinery.
Indian exports to Ireland cover textiles, garments and clothing accessories, pharmaceuticals, light engineering goods and chemicals.
Major Indian companies with a presence in Ireland include pharma majors like Wockhardt, Sun Pharma and Reliance Genemedix and information technology firms like FirstSource, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), HCL and Wipro.

Modi in Ireland
Following the government-level interactions, the Prime Minister will interact with the Indian community in Ireland at a special event being hosted at Hotel Double Tree Hilton in Dublin.
Ireland is home to around 26,000 persons of Indian origin, of which around 17,000 are Indian citizens. The bulk of the community is in the healthcare sector, working as doctors and nurses, with information technology and engineering among some of the other sectors.
The last Indian prime minister to visit Ireland was Jawaharlal Nehru in 1956.



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