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Our ongoing international outreach saw a delegation from Ibec at the OECD Forum in Paris to promote the voice of Irish business. As part of this we were honoured to join our French colleagues in MEDEF at the Irish Embassy  to discuss multilateralism and global issues.

 

Pictured are Ibec CEO, Danny McCoy; Director General MEDEF, Michel Guilbaud; Ibec President Edel Creely; President MEDEF & incoming President Business Europe, Pierre Gattaz; Irish Ambassador to France, Patricia O'Brien; and Irish Ambassador to the OECD, Dermot Nolan.

Ibec CEO Danny McCoy addressed delegates at the Ministerial Council Meeting of the OECD, outlining the challenges and opportunities posed by the digital transformation and international trade.

 

He is pictured alongside European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, Pierre Moscovici.

Ibec were delighted to host the Petitions Committee of the German Bundestag (German Parliament) earlier this month as part of the group's fact-finding trip to Ireland.

We were delighted to be joined in Ibec recently by Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee to launch our Future of Europe report.

 

As part of the Ibec Podcast series, she joined Ibec Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Fergal O'Brien to discuss how Irish business opportunities in Europe can be strengthened, what is the Government view on potential challenges to Ireland's economic sovereignty and when will business have a clearer picture of the EU post-Brexit?

 

You can listen to the podcast here.

Ibec CEO Danny McCoy addressed the International Labour Organization in Geneva where he outlined how misleading information on the quality of jobs being created in the economy was distorting the debate on labour market regulation, and risked prompting a misguided policy response.

 

Read his full speech here.

 

Ibec is calling on Government to foster more ambitious policies to place Ireland as a global digital leader that delivers jobs and growth. Failure to adapt sufficiently to an increasingly digitalised global economy will erode Ireland’s capacity to compete internationally.

 

Pictured presenting the Ibec Digital Manifesto to Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen T.D are Ibec Head of Digital Economy Erik O'Donovan, and Chairman of Ibec Digital Economy Policy Committee and Accenture Country Managing Director Alastair Blair.

Ahead of attending the Ministerial Council Meeting of the OECD in Paris, Ibec CEO Danny McCoy sat down with Political Editor at POLITICO Europe, Ryan Heath, to discuss the challenges and opportunities posed by the digital transformation and international trade.

The SFA officially launched its campaign for a national Small Business Strategy.

 

In Ireland, we know exactly what it takes to create real, transformational change, as we have successfully built a world-class environment for multinational companies. This know-how must now be harnessed for the benefit of almost a quarter of a million small businesses.

 

Pictured are SFA Chair Sue O'Neill; Leader of Fianna Fáil, Micheál Martin; and Managing Director of Commercial Banking, Ulster Bank, Eddie Cullen. 

Over several generations, Ireland has relentlessly adopted open economy policies, with the financial services sector central to this. This must continue to be the chosen strategy for the industry.

 

We were delighted that Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD joined us to give the keynote address at this years Financial Services Ireland (FSI) Annual Lunch.

The Irish Beverage Council  was a prominent feature at this year’s Bloom in the Park Festival. The Council sponsored a show garden designed by Kevin Dennis via their “Fruit Juice Matters” initiative with his design awarded a gold medal in the large garden category.

 

Pictured at the winning show garden are IBC Director Colm Jordan; An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD; Minister for Food Andrew Doyle TD; and IBC Chair Tim Casey from Innocent Drinks Ireland.

The Ibec Medtech and Engineering group recently held its “New thinking in Enterprise Excellence: Manufacturing Conference”, a special event that showcased how new technologies are driving better innovation and competitiveness.

 

Pictured at the event are IBM Watson Imaging, Steven Tolle; Seabrook Technology, Sean O'Sullivan; Irish Medtech Association Chair and Stryker, David Tallon; and Irish Medtech Association, Adrienne McDonnell

June saw the launch of the inaugural Retail Ireland Lunch. Keynote speaker Hamish Tayor outlined to delegates the challenges and opportunities facing the indigenous sector in light of Brexit uncertainties and the ongoing digital transformation. 

 

He is pictured here with Chairman of Retail Ireland, Willie O'Byrne and Director of Retail Ireland, Thomas Burke.

At Property Industry Ireland's recent annual conference, delegates heard from industry experts how Ireland’s housing problems have now clearly moved beyond being the social issue of our time and have also become a major risk to our future economic prosperity.

 

Pictured at the event are Tom Phillips, MD of Tom Phillips + Associates and Chairman of Property Industry Ireland; Dr. Mary Keeling, Business Development Executive, Long Term Signings, IBM; Marian Finnegan, Chief Economist and Director of Research, Sherry FitzGerald; David Duffy, Director of Property Industry Ireland.

Ibec and Technology Ireland were joined by the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) earlier this month. The engagement provided a great opportunity to outline the ambition of the Irish business community for the completion of the European Digital Single Market.
 

In April, Ibec published the results of a major new Brexit survey with Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney at the All-island Civic Dialogue in Dundalk.

 

The survey revealed that a large majority of companies are now actively engaged in Brexit planning, despite the massive uncertainties that remain.

 

Learn more about the findings here.

 

In May, the Irish Spirits Association hosted a visit to Ireland by Mr. Ulrich Adams, director-general of spiritsEUROPE, the EU representative body for the spirits industry. The Irish Spirits Association (ISA) forms part of ABFI – the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland. During his visit to Ireland Mr. Adams addressed ISA member companies at a meeting in Bushmills Distillery, Co. Antrim and he also met with Ireland’s two largest spirits producers. Mr Adams met with Baileys (who form part of the Diageo group) during a visit to the Guinness Storehouse and he met with Irish Distillers (who form part of the Pernod Ricard group) during a visit to the Jameson Distillery at Bow Street in Dublin.

Mr. Adams also met with Mr. Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Mr. Adams was accompanied by Ms. Patricia Callan, Director of ABFI and Mr. William Lavelle, Head of the Irish Spirits Association. During the meeting with the Minister, Mr. Adams raised European concerns about the impact of the Public Heath (Alcohol) Bill on the functioning of the EU single market, while the current issues of Brexit and international trade were also discussed.

 

We were delighted to be joined in Ibec recently by Neal Suggs, Global Chief Commercial Lawyer at Microsoft, where he provided fascinating insights on recent developments in data privacy and extraterritorial jurisdiction.

Time to get moving!

 

April saw the 4th National Workplace Wellbeing Day take place, with thousands of employers engaging in events aimed at improving employee wellbeing by promoting physical activities and healthy eating in the workplace.

 

Ibec marked the day with a series of activities including walking a lunchtime mile!

June saw the inaugural Ibec KeepWell Summit in Croke Park. Head over to the Digest section of this edition of Agenda to learn more about the event!