An Tánaiste Mr Eamon Gilmore T.D. Minister of Foreign Affairs will host the first ever Africa-Ireland Economic Forum on Tuesday 13th September 2011. The Forum will be co-hosted by the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.
The objective of the Africa-Ireland Economic Forum is to provide an opportunity for African Government representatives and Irish business to openly discuss trade and investment opportunities. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will launch the new Africa Strategy at the Forum .The Strategy seeks to identify opportunities to build on forty years of development experience, to adopt a more coherent approach to our relations with African countries and to build on our positive relationship to expand engagement in areas of mutual interest including enhanced political and trade relations.
All African countries with which Ireland shares diplomatic relations have been invited to participate. The Forum will be introduced by the Minister of State for Trade and Development, Ms. Jan O’Sullivan. There will be a number of guest speakers before a keynote address by the Tánaiste. The first speaker McKinsey Global Institute has agreed to present their excellent report “Lions on the Move – The Progress and Potential of African Economies”. This report will outline the overall business potential of Africa. The second speaker will be nominated by the resident African Ambassadors in Dublin.
The proposed agenda and further information is attached.