Fine Gael Senator for Galway West, Fidelma Healy Eames, has announced the inaugural China – Ireland Relations conference in NUI Galway on Friday 23rd March. The theme of the conference is, “Can Ireland Offer What China needs?” 

“The China-Ireland Relations conference aims to respond to the need to work at a Government to Government level to advance trade and investment activity between Ireland and China. The keynote presentation from Mr Leo Corcoran, a special advisor on China strategy for EEA Fund management, will set out a vision for what Ireland can offer China.

“I have organised this conference because I firmly believe that Ireland has the potential to meet some of China’s needs, especially in the areas of medical devices, ICT, cloud computing, clean-tech potential, agriculture, marine and food and importantly education and culture.

“The conference is an opportunity for entrepreneurs, business people and state agencies from Ireland and China to discuss trade opportunities and to explore how the two countries can work together for their mutual benefit.

“China is open, willing and ready to trade with Ireland. The potential for Irish business to capitalise on this opportunity is huge. China has foreign reserves in excess of $3.2 trillion that it wants to invest in currencies such as the Euro. The conference will be opened by Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs, Jimmy Deenihan, and Ms Zhang Shujing, Economic and Commercial Counsellor from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China.

“The conference will feature contributions from the IDA, Enterprise Ireland, Galway Chamber of Commerce, and NUIG as well as from Irish businesses already trading in China. The importance of understanding Chinese culture, habits, formalities and language in developing a business relationship with China will be explored. We are honoured to have Professors Fan Hong and Deirdre Hunt from the School of Asian Studies in UCC and Madam Dongxia Zhang from NUI, Galway present on this topic.

“John Killeen, President of ‘Let’s Do It Global’ will close the event by recalling the joint Sino-Irish sponsorship of the Green Dragon boat in the now legendary Volvo Ocean Race.
“At a time when we need hope and opportunity, this highly positive event will give delegates a unique chance to network and develop contacts with Chinese and Irish business people. I am grateful for all the help in bringing it together.”

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