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Why is the Mexican flag flying over the Mansion House?*

*No, we haven’t been invaded.

LORD MAYOR OISÍN Quinn is today hosting the first Mexico-Dublin Business Conference in the Mansion House.

What’s it all about, we hear you cry?

Well, the Lord Mayor and the Government think that Irish trade with Mexico could double in size to around €2 billion over the next five years.

Mexico is the second largest economy in Latin America, and following on the heels of President Higgins visit there earlier this year, the Mexican Secretary for Economy is leading a high level delegation of Mexican business leaders to Dublin.

There’s going to be 90 business leaders from Mexico in attendance, and they’ll be hob-nobbing with 70 of their Irish counterparts.

Ireland exported €690 million worth of goods to Mexico in 2013, almost three times the level exports were at in 2000.

Why is the Mexican flag flying over the Mansion House?*
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The Government is putting on a strong show for our visitors, with Eamonn Gilmore, Richard Bruton and Joe Costello all expected to turn up over the course of the two day event.

They’ll be pitching Ireland as a gateway to Europe for Mexican companies.

Mexican Ambassador to Ireland Carlos García de Alba said:

Mexico is now the worl’d 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.

Here’s how much we’re making from overseas trade>

The government liked* Mexico so much they’re sending someone there again>

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