PwC Ireland has launched its China practice in
Dublin in response to increased demand among Irish companies for
doing business in China.

The team consists of 30 Mandarin speaking
staff and is lead by partner Andrew O’Callaghan.

“Over the last year or so we have seen an
increased interest in Irish companies looking to do business in
China as well as Chinese operations looking for opportunities to
invest in Ireland,” O’Callaghan said.

“With a projected growth rate for China in
2012 of some 7.5% and a market of over 1.3 billion people, we see
significant opportunities for Irish companies to expand into China
particularly in the food, technology, pharmaceuticals and financial
services areas.”

In line with the launch of its China practice,
PwC Ireland is running Mandarin classes for staff.