The value of Irish exports to Africa has trebled since 2009, it was revealed.
Goods and services worth €2.7bn were sent to the continent last year.
Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello is leading 37 companies in a major drive to increase business links with South Africa and Nigeria.
The five-day mission will focus on financial services and telecommunications.
Mr Costello said: “It is estimated that total exports of Irish goods and services to Africa reached 2.7 billion euro last year – an increase of 200% since 2009 – and I am confident we can increase this further.”
His schedule includes a series of meetings with Irish companies and their partners and customers; high level talks with key industry players and officials; and a series of networking events to promote Irish companies.
The Minister will also visit the Africa Com expo where Enterprise Ireland will host an Ireland Pavilion of six companies for the second consecutive year.