Enterprise Ireland is starting a three day trade mission to develop business links between Ireland and Switzerland and to increase Irish exports to the Swiss market.

The trade mission involves 65 Irish companies across a wide range of sectors, with a key focus on pharmaceuticals, medical devices, engineering, construction, ICT and financial services. 

The mission will visit the country's main business cities of Zurich, Geneva and Basel.

The minister leading the mission, Sean Sherlock, will hold a series of business meetings supporting Irish companies' aims to increase exports to Switzerland.

Over 200 Irish owned businesses already operate in Switzerland and are involved in the pharmaceutical and medical devices, ICT, construction, engineering and NGO sectors.

Exports to the Swiss market by Irish indigenous companies have risen by 50% over the past three years.

The Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock, said that Switzerland is a very important export market for Irish companies. He noted that the country has experienced consistently strong economic growth and is home to many Fortune 500 companies. 

"I am confident that this week’s mission will further increase business for Irish companies and ultimately help grow their employment at home", the Minister added.