The Ireland China Business Association (ICBA) is a not-for profit organisation, established in 2000 to explore opportunities and identify keys areas of potential cooperation between Irish and Chinese companies in the emerging Chinese market.
Today, exceptional business opportunities abound in China for Irish companies and equally strong investment opportunities abound for Chinese individual, corporate and institutional investors in Ireland. Two-way trade between Ireland and China is estimated to have exceeded €14bn in 2017.
The ICBA strives to optimise these opportunities and is recognised today as the leading and only Irish Association focused solely on all aspects of the Chinese market.
We work very closely with the Chinese Embassy, Team Ireland in China, led by Ambassador Ann Derwin in Beijing, Consul General Therese Healy in Shanghai and Consul General David Costello in Hong Kong the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Justice and Equality, Department of Enterprise, Innovation and Jobs, Department of Education and Skills, Enterprise Ireland, IDA and leading Irish and Chinese businesses and financial institutions.
To enable the development of profitable business co-operation and partnerships
To promote trade, build business, educational and cultural links
To provide a lobbyist function for Ireland China businesses with key policy makers and stakeholders
To support member businesses, in particular from the SME sector, who are considering market entry and who are looking to learn what is needed to succeed in this market
To provide a significant programme of networking events for Members in the form of regular Breakfast and lunches, seminars and evening briefings with guest speakers
To produce regular communications via newsletter/email/enzine containing trade information and news of Irish and Chinese events
To co-operate with both Irish and Chinese state bodies in meeting a significant number of trade groups from China
To assist in delegations visiting China
To organise business/cultural and language training courses for interested parties