Asia Pacific Ireland Business Forum 2017

Asia Pacific Ireland Business Forum
Friday, 17 November 2017 | Bangkok, Thailand

This years APIBF was held in Bangkok for the first time since 2009. The Forum is the only major gathering of Irish corporates, entrepreneurs and diplomats and takes place once a year. The event is driven by the regional chambers of commerce in Asia. This year Irish chamber representatives from Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and the host chamber Thailand all contributed to the organization of the event, the aim of which is to increase trade and investment between Ireland and Asia.

Former Irish Minister of Finance and Education, Mr Ruairi Quinn spoke on the issue of Brexit and highlighted the close relationship that Ireland enjoys with both Britain and our European colleagues. He was followed by Ciaran Corkery, CFO at Kerry Group who educated the almost 200 attendees on the prospects for the Food industry. The morning session was completed by DFDL lawyers who collectively outlined the prospects for cryptocurrenies in the global business environment.

The afternoon session offered options for three breakout sessions on Food, Technology and Education, all areas where Ireland excels and where there is plenty of scope for development across Asia.

Paul Scales, President of the Irish Thai Chamber commented, ” The APIBF is not only an event but is also the entity by which Irish business can grow in the region. The Irish Diaspora is a powerful group, not just globally but also within Asia. The regional chambers of commerce are well positioned to offer their members opportunities to grow their businesses throughout Asia.”

The Ambassador to Thailand, HE Brendan Rogers lead the support of the Irish government and commented , ” In the last three years we have seen new diplomatic missions opened in Jakarta, Bangkok and Hong Kong.
New missions in New Zealand and New Delhi are in train. Our State Agencies are delivering on the ground. Supporting our exporting companies, attracting FDI, promoting our food and beverages, attracting tourists, building cultural bridges and supporting science and research linkages.”

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Irish Thai Chamber of Commerce /
E P Murphy (eoin@artfotoglobal)