The GAA today hosted a unique conference in Croke Park “New Asia Realities for Irish Business” . This is collaboration between the GAA and the Asia Pacific Ireland Business Forum (APIBF) to help Irish companies and professionals access the dynamic markets in Asia.
The APIBF in 2007 set up the first event of its type in the world focused on building connections between and with the GAA clubs and business groups based in the Asia Pacific and Gulf Regions.
The initiative arose as a result of considerable growth of the GAA network in the Asia-Pacific & Gulf area which has seen the establishment of 27 Clubs with approximately 1,000 members based in the region.
At the conference today, 300 people received expert guidance in the key opportunity sectors in Asia of New Technologies, Financial Services, Pharma & Life Sciences, Education Services as well as Food & Tourism at the conference.
GAA President Christy Cooney and Tánaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore, were joined as speakers at the event by Liam ‘Mr China’ Casey, founder of PCH International.
Speaking at the conference, Mr Cooney said: “This is a fantastic initiative. Business links amongst the Irish business community in Asia are enhanced through the Asia Pacific Ireland Business Forum which ties in with our games. Today, in the home of Gaelic Games, here in Croke Park it is a pleasure to be able to assist in helping companies and individuals to connect and to help our country move forward.”
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore, T.D., stated that: “In this century Asia will be the economic fulcrum of the world” and stressed the importance of getting the message out that “Ireland is still very much open for business.”
The Asia Pacific Irish Business Forum, out of which the idea for today’s conference emanated, is held each year on the eve of the Asian Gaelic Games and brings together Irish professionals based in Asia. It is a joint collaboration between the GAA & the Irish business groups in the region.
This year’s event will be held on Friday, 14 October in Seoul.
The annual Asian Gaelic Games, which will take place for the first time in Korea on October 15-16 this year, is the largest gathering of the Irish Community in the region.
The event is supported by the GAA & sponsored by Ulster Bank, Enterprise Ireland, PCH International and the Green IFSC.