Following an extremely successful Global Irish Economic Forum, local Minister Alan Kelly has outlined the positive and enthusiastic response the diaspora have for the Irish and their ideas.
“The response from the forum was fantastic in its support for the schemes and initiatives that we are proposing. The message from the participants was that Ireland is not perceived as the world’s laughing stock as previously believed. Rather, the belief is that we have faced our economic crisis with efficiency and expertise that ensures that we remain a positive economic force.
Speaking on Tipp FM, the Minister outlined that the conference wasn’t just an exercise in rhetoric or a mere talking-shop; workshops that dealt with real issues yielded practical measures that can be applied in areas like tourism initiatives, business connections across the sectors and mentoring.
“The offer made by Bill Clinton of another conference in New York to drum up investment in Ireland is a reminder that meetings like this can lead to real change, change for the better. Looking at the Asian market is one way in which Ireland can exploit the shift in the global economy and the proposed year long event ‘The Gathering’ has the potential to attract over a quarter of a million visitors.”
“When I met with former President Bill Clinton I was keen to impress upon him the exciting initiatives that Irish business people are capable of. In these times it is important not just to do things better, but to do them smarter and more efficiently. Events such as this forum serve to illustrate the huge international goodwill that exists for Ireland” stated the Minister.