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Monday, 12th August 2019

Belgian trade mission visits Drogheda

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Pictured during the Belgian trade delegation visit to Drogheda Port are (from left): Paul Fleming CEO Drogheda Port, Jacques Vanhoucke Belgian Head of Economic and Commercial Trade, Belgian Ambassador  Pierre-Emmanuel De Bauw, Joseph Hiney Chairman Drogheda Port.

The Belgian Ambassador, His Excellency Mr. Pierre-Emmanuel De Bauw, made an extensive visit to Drogheda last week accompanied by Trade Commissioner, Mr. Jacques Vanhoucke and held meetings with the management of the Boyne Valley Group and the Drogheda Port Company.  

Later, they travelled to the offices of Drogheda and District Chamber where they were welcomed by a delegation led by Mayor Paul Bell; Louth Co.Council CEO, Joan Martin and Shona McManus, President of Drogheda and District Chamber. Also present were Chamber Vice President Robert Murray; Brian Hanratty and Irene McKeown. 

“We made a detailed presentation to our Belgian guests on the attractiveness of Drogheda as a centre for investment and I believe that the Ambassador and the Trade Commissioner were very impressed with their visit and what Drogheda can offer” said Shona McManus.  

“We will be maintaining contact with them as part of the Chamber’s programme of engaging with key embassies in the run up to Brexit,” she added “any local businesses planning to commence trade with Belgium should contact the Chamber who will be happy to provide assistance.”

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The Ambassador’s visit was most informative and discussions with their Trade Commissioner covered their interest in seeking local markets for Belgian products and services.  Also discussed was Drogheda’s strategic location and excellent infrastructure for Belgian companies considering setting up in Ireland.

The visit to Drogheda Port involved positive discussions about the ports development plans with their key strategic partner Fast Shipping of Antwerp.

“Our visit to Drogheda was very informative, and we had a very substantial and productive exchange of views on our visit to Drogheda and District Chamber with many business synergies in sight and the possibility of a follow-up familiarization visit,” concluded Ambassador De Bauw.

Pictured during the Belgian Ambassador's visit to Drogheda Chamber are (from left): Robert Murray, Irene McKeown, Brian Hanratty, Belgian Ambassador  Pierre-Emmanuel De Bauw, Chamber President Shona McManus, Mayor  of Drogheda Paul Bell, Council CEO Joan Martin and Jacques Vanhoucke Belgian Head of Economic and Commercial Trade.
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