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Irish companies encouraged to look east for business growth and opportunities

As uncertainty over Brexit prevails, conference to highlight the opportunities for Irish businesses in the Arab states

9th August 2018:  Details of one of the leading business events to take place in Ireland for companies looking to grow and expand their businesses into new markets were announced today.  The 2018 Arab-Irish Business Forum will feature speakers from the Arab states in addition to business leaders from Ireland who are already doing business there.  The event will take place in the Mansion House in Dublin on October 3rd with hundreds of delegates expected to attend the third of what is now one of the most important events in the calendar for business leaders in Ireland.

Irish exports to Arab markets were valued at €4.3 billion in 2016 and are set to grow year-on-year across a multitude of industries including food & drink, pharma, fintech, aviation, electronics and many more.  An economic report commissioned by the Arab-Irish Chamber of Commerce forecasts that Irish exports to the Arab markets will reach €9 billion over the next two decades, highlighting the fantastic opportunities available to Irish businesses willing to look east for trade growth.    

Speakers at this year’s Arab-Irish Business Forum will provide expert analysis, insight and advice on looking beyond Europe for extensive business opportunities, particularly in the wake of the uncertainty that prevails around Brexit.   There will be an examination of the latest developments affecting the business environment in the Arab states; a discussion on the countries that offer the greatest advantage to Irish businesses; first-hand advice on how to break into these new markets; a look at new, emerging markets such as Morocco, Egypt and Jordan and practical presentations from Irish companies already doing business in the Arab world.  

Middle East Entrepreneur of the Year, EY Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, serial entrepreneur and Galway man Paul Kenny, who is recognised as one of the most important people in technology in the region has been invited to talk about the many enterprises he has successfully launched, sold and managed. Paul is currently managing director of AYM Commerce, a company specialising in breakthrough digital technologies and online businesses in the MENA region.  

Paul Kenny will be joined by an illustrious line-up of speakers from organisations such as Nexus Group, Neom, Monojo Biotech, the Transguard Group, Dataflow, Nestbox Egg Company together with senior Irish political figures.

Ahmad Younis, CEO of the Arab-Irish Chamber of Commerce said, “This is a must-attend event for any Irish business looking to gain real insight from speakers who have expanded their operations and who have first-hand experience of eastern markets, including how they may have overcome failures or challenges when starting off. The Arab-Irish Business Forum is essential for anyone doing business or looking to do business in the region and is a unique networking opportunity for senior executives from both Ireland and the Arab countries.”

The event is being jointly organised by the Arab-Irish Chamber of Commerce, Bord Bia, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Emirates Airline and Enterprise Ireland.

Registration is now open at   and delegates will have an opportunity to win tickets to Dubai with the award-winning Emirates.

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