Expansion of ICBA

Expansion of the Ireland China Business Association

Given the success of the Ireland China Business Association and the continuing growth opportunities for both export and import investment for Irish and Chinese companies, the Ireland China Business Association (ICBA) is establishing two new regional networks in the Southern and Western Regions to expand its Dublin base. 

The widely-acknowledged acclaim of Cork’s existing relationship with China and in particular its very successful twinning with Shanghai makes Cork the obvious location to propagate our success and launch the Southern Region Branch of the Association.    This launch took place on Monday, 22nd May in Fota Island Resort, Cork.

Susan Barrett, Chairman said:

It is wonderful to be in Fota Island Resort here in Cork to launch the Southern Branch of the Ireland China Business Association.  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 in goods and services has now reached €10 billion per annum. Our aim is to work closely with companies and institutions in the region to enhance the existing bilateral trade, education, cultural and economic ties, to support businesses and to further develop these important links.”

Speakers for the event were Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Des Cahill, Amabssador Dr. Yue Xiaoyong, Mr Jerry Buttimer and two industry speakers who shared their experiences of successfully breaking into the Chinese market, Mr John Reilly of Kerry Group and Mr Pat Ryan of PM Group.      Mr Eoin O’Leary, Irish Ambassador designate to China, kindly attended also.

We would like to thank all our members and guests, some of whom travelled all the way from Dublin, for making the event the success it was.   Thank you also to Cork County Council, in particular Mr Pat Ledwidge, for all his help and support.

Mr Pat Ryan (PM Group), Mr John Reilly (Kerry Group), Ms Susan Barrett (ICBA Chairperson), Mr Hugh Cooney (ICBA Vice Chair)
Mr Hugh Cooney (ICBA Vice Chair), Cllr Des Cahill (Lord Mayor of Cork), Ms Susan Barrett (ICBA Chairperson)

 Mr Paschal McCarthy (President of Irish Exporters Association), Ms Susan Barrett (ICBA Chairperson) and Mr Eoin O’Leary (Irish Ambassador designate to Ireland)
 Ambassador Dr. Yue Xiaoyong (Chinese Ambassador to Ireland), Cllr Des Cahill Lord Mayor of Cork), Mr Eoin O’Leary (Irish Ambassador designate to Ireland) and Ms Susan Barrett (ICBA Chairperson)



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