Tánaiste announces holding of Second Global Irish Economic Forum in Dublin Castle on 7-8 Oct, 201103 May 2011
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Eamon Gilmore, T.D., announced today that the Government will host a second Global Irish Economic Forum in Dublin Castle on 7-8 October, 2011. The Tánaiste decided to proceed with holding the Forum this year given the important contribution it can make towards building Ireland’s reputation among the international Irish business community.
The primary purposes of the 2011 Forum will be to:
· Engage fully with the Irish Diaspora in developing Ireland’s global business and trade relations;
· Discuss face-to-face the Government’s priorities for economic renewal with key members of the international business community;
· Strengthen ties with the Irish Diaspora as a key part of the Government’s efforts to restore Ireland’s international reputation abroad.
Speaking after today’s Government meeting during which the initiative was approved, Mr Gilmore said:
“The Government recognises the valuable role the global Irish can play in Ireland’s economic recovery. This Forum will provide an opportunity for us to meet with key members of the Diaspora and to discuss our priorities for economic renewal, job creation and the restoration of Ireland’s reputation abroad.”
Invitations will issue shortly to members of the Global Irish Network, which was established after the first Global Irish Economic Forum held at Farmleigh House in September, 2009. The Network now consists of over 300 of the most influential Irish and Irish-connected individuals abroad, all of whom have demonstrated a strong affiliation with Ireland and have a record of high achievement in international business or in assisting in the promotion of Ireland.
In addition to the Network members, a small number of senior Irish based individuals from the business and cultural worlds will be invited. The Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Cabinet Ministers and senior representatives from Government Departments and State Agencies will also attend.
Referring to the important role played by the Global Irish Network, the Tánaiste noted:
“Based across 37 countries, Network members provide Ireland with an invaluable resource of international expertise from which we can draw as we work towards economic recovery. In the year since its inception, members have worked closely with the Government and State Agencies in promoting Ireland’s economic, cultural and tourism messages in key markets. The Network is an important partner in our ongoing efforts to restore our international reputation”.
“This Forum will be the first time the entire Network has come together and the Taoiseach and I are looking forward to welcoming them all to Dublin for a frank and intensive exchange of ideas”.
Note for Editors
The Global Irish Economic Forum
The first Global Irish Economic Forum (GIEF) was held at Farmleigh in September 2009 and was attended by some 130 leading Irish connected individuals living abroad from the business and cultural sectors. They were joined by leading domestic business and cultural figures, members of Government and Opposition, and representatives of Government Departments and State Agencies.
The Forum was widely considered to be successful in developing a greater level of strategic engagement between Ireland and its Diaspora. It gave enhanced recognition to the value of the Diaspora and the advantages to be gained in harnessing the economic and strategic value of the global Irish relationship. Since the initial conference, the importance of utilising this valuable asset has gained widespread acceptance and support among the domestic business sector and across Government Departments and State Agencies and in generating a wide range of proposals in a number of economic and cultural areas.
The increased number of participants means Farmleigh is no longer feasible and the October Forum will be held in Dublin Castle. The first Forum cost €320,000. As with previous meetings, those attending will be expected to travel to Ireland at their own expense.
The Department of Foreign Affairs published a report of the Forum in October, 2009. Two subsequent progress reports were published in March and October, 2010.
The Global Irish Network
The establishment of a permanent global network of those invited to the Global Irish Economic Forum at Farmleigh and other influential members of the Diaspora was identified as an important objective by Forum participants. Over 300 people from 37 countries accepted an invitation to join the Network which provides an important framework through which they could contribute to delivering renewed economic growth in Ireland.
The Network includes some of the most influential Irish and Irish-connected individuals abroad and provides Ireland with an invaluable resource of international expertise from which we can draw as we work towards economic recovery. Those invited have demonstrated a strong connection to Ireland and have a record of high achievement in international business or in assisting in the promotion of Ireland. The Network provides an additional resource for the Government and State Agencies in promoting Ireland’s economic, cultural and tourism messages in key markets.
The Network was launched in February 2010 and regional meetings of the Network were hosted by Ministers in Britain, France, Germany, the US, China and Australia. In its first year of operations three broad areas or functions characterised the work of the Network: an advisory and facilitation function; a mechanism for disseminating information about the Irish economy and other significant developments; and its use as a means of delivering, or assisting with the delivery, of specific initiatives.