Breen attending Global Economic Forum

October 7th, 2011 - Pat Breen

Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs & Trade Pat Breen will join members of the Cabinet today at the Global Irish Economic Forum which is taking place at Dublin Castle on Friday and Saturday, 7th/8th October 2011.

The Gobal Irish Network now comprises of over 300 of the most influential Irish and Irish- connected individuals abroad. Members come from a diversity of fields and are based in the almost 40 countries, providing Ireland with an invaluable resource of international expertise from which the Irish Government can draw towards economic recovery. The Network works closely with the Government and State Agencies to promote Ireland’s economic, cultural and tourism messages in key markets.

“I am delighted to accept the Tanaiste’s invitation to attend the Global Irish Economic Forum in Dublin Castle which gets underway in the morning. I am looking forward to actively participating in the forum with the Taoiseach and the Cabinet in what is another opportunity for our Government to maintain and develop our ongoing work in rebuilding Ireland’s international reputation by enabling us to outline our economic objects and achievements to date and by developing a serious of Network led initiatives in support of these goals.”

“There have been a number of recent positive signs for our Economy mainly led by the performance of our exporting sectors. GDP expanded by 1.6 per cent in the second quarter which is encouraging, the Central bank have forecast 1% growth forecast this year and we are making real progress in getting our Country’s finances back in order

“While we are returning to growth is recognised that we face several more difficult years of fiscal consolidation. The Global economic forum will afford us the opportunity to strengthen our ties with leading business figures from our Diaspora and from among our friends abroad.”

“The forum will focus on a number of issues and I will be very much involved in the discussions centring on Improving our tourism produce and promotion abroad; making Ireland more competitive in new and emerging marks; promoting Irish Culture and the practical steps which Ireland can take to expand Irish Food Sector exports abroad.”

“The Taoiseach Enda Kenny will open proceedings tomorrow morning followed by a presentation by the Tanaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade Eamon Gilmore. T.D. President Mary McAleese will be the guest of honour tomorrow night at the dinner and on Saturday morning everybody will be looking forward to the address by former US President William Jefferson Clinton on Saturday.”

“Our Government is working hard to get this economy moving and restore confidence. This Forum has a role to play in developing initiatives to support the protection and creation of jobs and over the course of the next two days, we will be working with Forum participants in ensuring that the ideas generated at the Forum are given details consideration and appropriately implemented.”