Belfast Telegraph

Economic forum set for new meeting

Bosses of small businesses will be mentored by renowned entrepreneurs when the Global Irish Economic Forum gets together again next week.

The biennial event will see well connected figures like Coca-Cola executive vice-president Irial Finan, Glen Dimplex chief executive Sean O'Driscoll, American Ireland Fund chairman Loretta Brennan Glucksman, comedian Dara O Briain and author Colum McCann meet in Dublin Castle over two days.

A key plank of this year's events, some of which are being held in Cork, Galway and Belfast, will be to bring in 100 small and medium sized companies to advise them how to expand.

The aim is to help them grow their businesses internationally by explaining access to markets, online skills, exports and digital technology.

Other areas being explored at the think-in will be the success of the Gathering and how to build on it, relations with the US and UK and how sport can be used to promote Ireland.

Eamon Gilmore, Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, made the announcement at an event for Irish and US financial services technology companies in New York.

"Next week, 260 leading Irish and Irish-connected figures from across the globe will come together in Dublin to play their part in building on Ireland's recovery. This year's Forum will be very much focused on opportunities for job creation," he said.

"Over the two days, 18 working groups and six panel discussions will focus on opportunities for Ireland in high-potential sectors including financial services, food and agri-tech, higher education, smart-ageing technologies, social innovation and the digitisation of the global economy."

More than 300 influential Irish and Irish-connected individuals in almost 40 countries are part of the forum.

Any members travelling to Dublin for the event will do so on their own time and at their own expense, the Tanaiste said.

"The Global Irish Economic Forum is a success story. Since the first one was held in 2009, it has helped to transform the way the Government does business with leading international figures who are connected to Ireland," he said.


From Belfast Telegraph