GLOBAL IRISH ECONOMIC FORUM

Ireland faces great challenges in building back its economy. However, both in Ireland and abroad, a clear commitment exists to working proactively and collaboratively to find solutions that will not only enable economic recovery, but will also, in the words of Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore “build a better society.”

In keeping with this focus and commitment, the Irish Government brought together business people of Irish descent from around the globe. The Forum brought together 270 Irish Diaspora from 37 different countries to work towards Ireland’s economic recovery. The Forum not only provided a number of significant initiatives focussed on the restoration of Ireland’s international reputation, but also, further cemented the relationship between Ireland and the Diaspora.

The President of the Ireland-Canada Centre for Commerce, Calgary, Laureen Regan, was invited as one of a handful of Canadian business owners to attend the Global Irish Economic Forum in Dublin, October 7-8, 2011 www.globalirishforum.ie

Laureen participated in the first panel of the forum – “Ireland’s Image Abroad: Communicating the Message” – moderated by CNN anchor, Fionnuala Sweeney. Other participants included Eamon Gilmore, TD, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland; Noel Curran, Director General, RTE; James Hogan, CEO, Etihad Airlines, UAE; Adrian Jones, Managing Director, Principal Investment Area, Goldman Sachs & Co, USA; and John McColgan, Producer and Director, River Productions Ltd., Ireland. Click here to visit the forum webpage and watch the video of the panel.

In addition, Laureen was also interviewed by RTE – click here . The Irish abroad have many opportunities to work with Ireland to build the economy and their businesses both here and in Ireland. The ICCC is focussed on finding those opportunities to bring our membership together in a way that will facilitate these relationships.

DOING BUSINESS IN IRELAND

With our strong ties to Ireland, from cultural, two-way tourism, bilateral trade and EU trade agreement negotiations, there are many reasons for doing business with Ireland.

Ireland is a key global centre for international business:

1st for FDI and corporate tax regime
1st in Eurozone ranking of best countries for business
1st in Europe for R&D investment competitiveness
1st for most highly employable graduates & investment incentives
5th largest destination for Canadian FDI
Canadian investment in Ireland almost 1.5 time that of Canada’s total investment in BRIC
For your interest, PwC has provided us with information on ‘Irish opportunities for Canadian MNCs’. Please click here for additional information..

OUR PURPOSE

Collaboration guarantees success. This principle guides the philosophy and practice of the Ireland-Canada Centre for Commerce, Calgary, which reflects the Irish dimension of the Calgary business community.

Established in 2009, the Ireland-Canada Centre for Commerce, Calgary works to strengthen relationships between Canadian and Irish businesses, opening up opportunities for entrepreneurs and small to large business enterprises across sectors.

The Ireland-Canada Centre for Commerce, Calgary enjoys many local, regional and international connections and has close ties to the Canadian and Irish embassies as well as to government agencies and business associations in Canada and abroad.

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