Message from ICBA Chairman

I would like to begin by wishing all our members a very Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year. We can certainly look forward to 2019 with great hope after what has been an extremely productive year for the Ireland China Business Association. The profile of the Association is continually growing and the connections that have been made and the links forged are invaluable for future progression.

Susan Barrett stepped down as Chair of the Ireland China Business Association at last week’s Annual General Meeting, after her term came to a close. Over the last three years, Susan’s chairmanship of the ICBA has been characterised by innovative ideas, strategic thinking and, most valuable, her tireless efforts to increase the visibility and promote the aims of the ICBA. Her commitment and hard work have helped build and shape the Association to what it is today. On a personal note I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Susan for her excellent work for the ICBA.

I am very honoured to now have the opportunity to chair the ICBA along with my esteemed colleague, Alan Dixon, who will serve as Vice Chair. Alan and myself are looking forward along with the ICBA council to continue to promote Sino Irish business and to working hard for the ICBA.

Finally, a note of sincere thanks to our members whose contributions and support is vital to the Association and crucial to our ongoing success. Our extensive events programme would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors, your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Look forward to meeting many of you at our events in 2019.

Caroline Devlin

Annual Dinner!

On 28th November, we held our Annual Dinner at the Westbury Hotel, Dublin, sponsored by the Arthur Cox and OpenJaw Technologies. 

This event was the highlight of what has been a busy and productive year for the ICBA, and eagerly anticipated with the attendance of An Tánasite, Mr Simon Coveney, Mr Michael D’Arcy, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and H.E. Dr Yue Xiaoyong, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, as well as over 160 members, colleagues and friends.  

As H.E. Eoin O’Leary, Irish Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China could not attend in person, he very kindly addressed our guests via video link. 

The evening was a terrific success and would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors Arthur Cox and OpenJaw Technologies and of course, our MC Terence O’Rourke, Chairman of Enterprise Ireland.  

Thank you also to all the staff at The Westbury who were exemplary as always.

Further photos can be viewed here