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Irish Chamber

Historic announcement for international business links

Saturday, May 21, 2016

In a major development for Irish Australian business links, we look forward to the opportunities that this groundbreaking agreement presents.



Chambers Ireland and the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce (IACC) have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen the links between the two organisations and the Irish and Australian business communities.

Through collaboration Chambers Ireland and the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce will offer access and support to members hoping to increase the trade and investment between Ireland and Australia. Ireland and Australia have strong historic and cultural links and strengthening the links between these two organisations will help build new trade relationships between the members of the Irish Chamber Network and members of the Irish Australian Chamber and will promote future economic and social objectives of mutual interest. 

Speaking on the importance of the new relationship between the two organisations, Ian Talbot, Chief Executive, Chambers Ireland said, “The Irish-Australian relationship has long been defined by migration, particularly over recent years, where many thousands of people left Ireland for new opportunities abroad. As the economy is now recovering, we see huge potential to develop economic links through our Diaspora in Australia. With the EU opening negotiations for a trade deal with Australia, we see countless opportunities for Irish businesses and investors to capitalise on our already strong relationship. Building better and stronger links with our Diaspora all over the world is amongst our top priorities in the coming years as Ireland looks to build new trading relationships. This partnership with the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce is one of the first such steps”.

Also commenting on the relationship, President of the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce Rob Clifford said, “We are pleased to have this agreement in place to engage with Chambers Ireland and their member Chambers, and we look forward to the new possibilities that this relationship represents. We welcome the growing interest from Irish companies looking at Australia as their preferred base in the Asia Pacific region. Additionally, through our membership of the European Australia Business Council, we share Chambers Ireland's desire to see an Australia / EU FTA which we believe will encourage even more Australian businesses to consider Ireland, both as a destination market in its own right, and as a gateway to Europe. We look forward to the official launch of our Irish Chapter in Dublin on 1st June and the positive engagement that will come from that.”

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