Mexico-Dublin Business Conference to Promote Dublin As Gateway To Europe For Trade

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Mexico-Dublin Business Conference to Promote Dublin As Gateway To Europe For Trade

Conference Aims To Double Trade Between Ireland and Mexico

1st May 2014: The First Mexico-Dublin Business Conference opens in Dublin today. Over 90 business and political leaders from Mexico are travelling to meet with some 70 Dublin Business leaders. Organised by Dublin City Council, the two-day conference promotes Dublin as the gateway to Europe for Mexican and South American businesses. The conference is being hosted by Oisín Quinn, Lord Mayor of Dublin. To see programme, times and location see #MexDub  #VengaDublín.

The conference follows the visit of the Lord Mayor to Mexico earlier this year, where Mexico’s Federal Secretary for Economy, Mr Ildefonso Guajardo, agreed to lead a high level delegation of Mexican business leaders to Dublin to explore opportunities to expand into Europe using Dublin as a base.

Around 150 delegates are expected to attend the conference, including some of Ireland’s and Mexico’s leading businesses and trade organisations. Officially opening the conference, the Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisín Quinn said “This event is about promoting Dublin as a natural gateway to Europe for Mexican business and investment. Dublin, a Euro-Zone capital and home to 9 of the world’s top 10 ICT companies and many of its leading financial institutions, enjoys many advantages. Trade between Ireland and Mexico is now worth about €1 billion and year and has the capacity to double in the next five years.”

Mexican Ambassador to Ireland His Excellency Carlos García de Alba, speaking at the Conference, said “The fact that nearly 90 leading Mexican businesses are travelling to Dublin shows how important we regard the Irish market and its potential as a gateway to Europe. Mexico is now the world’s 14th largest economy with manufacturing exports playing a vital role. I have no doubt that this conference will play a very significant role in developing economic relations between our two countries.”

Senior political and business figures from Ireland and Mexico will address the conference including Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore TD, Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Joe Costello TD, Minister of State for Trade and Development. Mexico’s Federal Secretary for Economy, Minister Ildelfonso Guajardo is leading the Mexican delegation of business and education leaders and will also speak at the event as will Francisco Gonzalo Diaz, CEO of ProMéxico (Mexico’s equivalent of the IDA and Enterprise Ireland).

The Mexico-Dublin Business Conference follows the Dublin City Council led Mission to Mexico and San Jose in March. Dublin’s twinning with San Jose plays a key role in attracting investment from Silicon Valley to Dublin. The development of a similar relationship to enhance trade and investment links with Guadalajara in Mexico began two years ago. This City Led trade mission in March 2014 was extended with the assistance of the Irish Embassy in Mexico to promote this business event.

Dublin and Guadalajara signed a digital twinning agreement in 2013. The Mayor of Guadalajara  Ramiro Herandez is leading a delegation of four City Councillors from Dublin’s Digital Twin city. Currently around 2,500 Mexicans live, work and study in Ireland.  The event will also encourage education establishments in Mexico to consider sending more Mexican students and researchers to  Irish Universities. In addition a specific focus of one session is to promote significant tourist traffic between Mexico and Dublin.

The event will focus specifically on investment and trade opportunities in sectors such as Technology, Tourism, Food, Aviation, Financial Services, Property and Education. ProMéxico provide information on the supports available for Irish companies looking to expand into Mexico. A significant element of the Mexican participation is the 22 businesses accompanying the CEO of ProMéxico and Mexico’s Federal Secretary for Economy Mr Ildelfonso Guajardo. The decision by this senior member of the Mexican Government to travel to Ireland for this City organised event demonstrates the value placed by Mexico in building closer business links with Ireland.  The development of Mexican –Irish business , education and political relationships has accelerated since the recent State visit to Mexico of President Higgins.

The sessions will be streamed live and recordings will be available on


To see programme and times and location see  


For further information contact:

Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. (087) 740 0277              

or Ciara Kennedy, Wilson Hartnell T. (01) 6690114 M. (087) 2202850  

Editor’s Notes

Many other prestigious speakers will address the conference including;

  • Gary McGann, Group Chief Executive, Smurfit-Kappa
  • Martin Curley, Vice President, Intel Labs and Director, Intel Labs Europe
  • Declan Ryan, Managing Partner, Irelandia Aviation
  • Dermot Clohessy, Executive Director,  IDA Ireland
  • Roberto Alcántara, CEO of IAMSA Group and Chair of Viva-Aerobus
  • Jaime Reyes Secretary for Science in the State Government of Jalisco State
  • Prof Brian Mc Craith President DCU
  • Brendan Mc Donagh CEO NAMA
  • Maurizio Pastore VP  International Primary Markets Irish Stock Exchange
  • Furio Pietribiasi Chairman Irish Investment Managers

The conference will feature a number of presentations and workshops which have been devised to maximise networking opportunities amongst like-minded business leaders.  These include;

Site visits to the Digital Hub and Guinness Storehouse to give delegates the opportunity to understand why Dublin is such a good place for investment and the supports and opportunities available for locating a business in Ireland

Plenary sessions to enable dialogue between participants on innovation as a key to creating business opportunities, highlighting Ireland as a location of choice and the financial services and property sectors in Ireland

Networking Tracks, a key feature of Friday’s conference programme, will focus on specific sectors such as aviation, education, food / agribusiness, tourism, finance and technology.

The conference is funded by Dublin City Council,  ProMéxico, Mexican Embassy in Ireland, KPMG, Arthur Cox, PitchBull, Diageo, Smurfit-Kappa, Dept of Foreign Affairs and Irelandia Aviation.

The conference partners are Dublin City University, Enterprise Ireland, , Latin America Trade Forum, IDA Ireland, Irish Exporters Association, The Sunday Business Post and the Irish Embassy in Mexico.

Programme updates will be posted on the conference website at For more information visit the conference website at and follow the conference on Twitter @eurgate #MexDub  #VengaDublín.