Foreign Affairs Committee to meet American Chamber of Commerce to discuss trade promotion issues

April 30th, 2013 - Pat Breen

Trade promotion and the role of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in economic recovery will be the focus of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade when it meets with the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland tomorrow, Wednesday, 1st May 2013.

30 April 2013

Committee Chairman Pat Breen: “This is the latest in a series of meetings the Joint Committee is holding with Departmental officers, representatives of State Agencies, business networks and private sector organisations to gather information on how trade promotion is being coordinated, the Department’s role in that work and how effective that coordination is. We are also reviewing the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s high-level strategies in the economic/trade promotion area.

The American Chamber of Commerce Ireland is the representative body for US companies based in Ireland. Given that US foreign direct investment continues to play a vital role in Ireland, we are keen to hear from representatives of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland on the role they see the Department and Irish embassies playing in managing, organising and promoting international trade and how they may coordinate their efforts with business representative organisations. It is also a chance to discuss with the chamber representatives the measures and initiatives they feel would strengthen that relationship and bolster Ireland’s reputation and attraction as an investment location and international business centre.”

The Committee will also resume its discussions on a motion on the case of Sergei Magnitsky.