Trinity Participates in Largest Trade Mission to West Africa for Two Decades
Posted on 14 December 2015
The Office of the Vice-President for Global Relations represented Trinity as part of a recent trade mission to West Africa, led by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr. Simon Coveney TD. The Trade Mission covered three major cities in two countries in five days with over forty key engagements and involved more than 40 Irish companies, as well as senior delegates from Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia. The mission took in visits to Abuja and Lagos in Nigeria, and Accra in Ghana.
Vice President for Global Relations Juliette Hussey travelled to Nigeria and Ghana, along with Regional Officer Antonio de Linares, on behalf of Trinity in early December. Speaking about the visit, Mr. de Linares commented, “Ireland’s education system has been of historic importance in both Nigeria and Ghana thanks to the work of the Irish missionaries. Our recent visit gave us an opportunity to engage with top high schools, education consultants and Trinity alumni”.
Since the independence of Nigeria, Trinity has had the honour to host prominent Nigerian students such as Kayode Eso, Justice of the Supreme Court; Egbert Udo Udoma, Justice of the Supreme Court and Founding father of Nigeria; Jaja Wachuku, First Nigerian Minister of Foreign affairs and Moses A. Majekodunmi, Minister of Health of the First Nigerian Republic.
Trinity engagement with Africa is furthered by the work of the Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI). TIDI was established by researchers at Trinity in 2007, to maximise the university’s contribution to understanding and addressing the major global development challenges of our time through research, teaching and outreach activities. TIDI’s vibrant outreach programme raises awareness among the wider community of development issues and of Trinity’s role in addressing these global development challenges. TIDI is now regarded as the hub of international development in Trinity.
As part of the trade mission, Minister Coveney met with World Food Programme Officials in Ghana, and visited a number of aid projects funded by that organisation, which receives approximately €8 million aid from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine as part of Ireland’s overseas development effort.
Pictured above with Minister Simon Coveney (centre) are delegates of the trade mission, including Trinity’s Regional Officer Antonio de Linares (far right) at a Networking Breakfast in Abuja.