Following on from the initial conference back in September 2009, the second Global Irish Economic Forum is fast approaching and looks set to be quite a major event. Scheduled for 7-8 October in Dublin Castle, almost 280 invitees from the Global Irish Network have confirmed their attendance and, as recently announced, they will also be joined by President Bill Clinton.
Government Ministers, the State Agencies, members of the Opposition and leading Irish based business figures will also be participating, and President McAleese will be the guest of honour at a formal dinner for participants on Friday, 7 October.
The key objectives:
- Engage fully with the Irish Diaspora in developing Ireland’s global business and trade relations
- Discuss face-to-face the Government’s priorities for economic renewal with key members of the international business community
- Strengthen ties with the Irish Diaspora as a key part of the Government’s efforts to restore Ireland’s international reputation abroad
Live internet screening of the key discussions is promised, and hopefully we’ll also get visibility of Bill Clinton’s speech. The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Eamon Gilmore, has indicated that there will be a strong follow-up mechanism, and it will be interesting to see if the initiative gains further momentum as a result.