Ireland to open embassies in Chile & Colombia
Dublin, Republic of Ireland: Ireland has today announced Irish Embassies for Chile & Colombia, in a move which is set to transform Irish relations with Latin America.
Minister Simon Coveney announced the news today, as the Irish Government outlaid its budget for 2018. This new diplomatic presence in Bogotá (Colombia) and Santiago (Chile) will add to Ireland's existing embassies in Argentina (Buenos Aires), Brazil (Brasilia) and Mexico (Mexico City). At the same time, the government also declared its intentions to open an Irish embassy in Jordan and Irish Consulates in Vancouver & Mumbai.
Previously, Ireland has only been represented in Chile by an honorary consul in Santiago, which closed in 2016, and the Irish Embassy in Buenos Aires. The Irish in Colombia, meanwhile, have been represented by an Irish Honorary Consulate in Bogotá and the Irish Embassy in Mexico City.
Minister Coveney said: "The announcement of these new Irish Embassies and Consulates are important first steps in expanding our Global footprint and diversifying our trade portfolio as we prepare for Brexit
The new Embassies in Santiago, Chile and in Bogotá, Colombia will assist in promoting trade and investment with both countries. Chile is a high-income country, the most competitive economy in Latin America, and enjoys the region’s highest investment rating. Like Ireland, it is an open, trading economy with a broad network of trade agreements, including with the European Union. It is a promising emerging market for Irish companies in a number of sectors including technology, higher education, telecoms equipment and renewable energy.
With almost 50 million people, Colombia has doubled its per capita income over the past decade. Ireland’s trade with Colombia has tripled since 2012 and a number of Irish companies are already active there. A Free Trade Agreement with the European Union ensures ease of access for Irish exporters and investors. Our new Embassy will also underpin Ireland’s support for the peace process in Colombia, which in 2016 brought to an end fifty years of conflict".
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