"There is a huge growth potential for Irish exports to India. We feel that the new FTA will open the doors for investments and trade between the two countries. We expect our bilateral trade to increase by 10 per cent by 2015," Ireland Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, Richard Bruton, told PTI here.
In 2009, the bilateral trade between the two countries rose by 7 per cent to Euro 1-billion as compared to 2008.
The Minister, accompanied by a delegation of nine Irish companies and 13 universities and institutes of technology, is on a two-day trade mission to India (April 19-20) to meet key Indian political leaders and corporate decision-makers to endorse and promote Irish companies and products and services.
"The trade mission was organised because of the high growth potential for Irish exports to India and as a direct response to growing interest in the market," he said.
Over 30 Irish companies, ranging from software and IT to construction services to higher education, have their own offices in India, and a further 100 Irish companies are working with Enterprise Ireland in the early stages of selling to this market, Bruton said.