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Irish PM arrives in India on six-day visit

The PM hopes on building relationships through joint ventures which can be nurtured in due course of time.

india Updated: Jan 16, 2006 16:36 IST

Irish Prime Minister, Bertie Ahern, accompanied by a major trade mission, arrived on Monday on a six-day trip.

The visit is mainly targeted at enhancing cooperation between the two countries in the IT and education sector.

He said that Ireland has had a long and friendly diplomatic relationship with India and this trip would improve the relationship further.

"Hopefully, over this week, myself, my colleagues and a very large delegation from Ireland will be able to develop these relationships. We very much look forward to the visit", Ahern said.

He is accompanied by the Ministers for Enterprise, Education, Arts, Sports and Tourism besides business representatives.

Ahern is to visit the corporate headquarters Infosys Technologies, Wipro and Biocon duringhis stay in the city.

The visiting Premier said that his country had, over the last 15 years or so, developed a very strong Information and Communication Technologies industry, and has been a leading global software supplier.

"Now, we can build and develop these relationships with our colleagues here. It opens up possibilities of joint ventures and new trade relations, which we can build over time", he added.

Meanwhile, the Federation of Indian Export Organisations will sign a 'Charter of Best Practice' in credit risk management, debt recovery and terms of trade with Irish Exporters Association, FIEO officials said.

First Published: Jan 16, 2006 16:36 IST