AS Ireland’s economy continues to exceed expectations as the fastest growing economy in the EU, and with strong growth levels forecast for 2016, a unique conference recognising the contribution of Exports-Imports to the recovery of the economy will be held in Dublin this November.
The EXIM Summit, which was launched in Dublin Port, will feature a series of Irish and international business experts and thought leaders who will discuss the current growth in the export-import sector, sharing knowledge about emerging markets, pitfalls to avoid and what the future holds for Irish exporters and importers.
Pictured (l-r) at Dublin Port at the launch of EXIM Summit were Thomas Smith, CEO, eBSI Export Academy, Joanna Murphy, CEO, ConnectIreland, Thomas Hunter McGowan, CEO, Intertrade Ireland, Elaine Carroll and Kapil Khanna EXIM Summit, Ian Talbot, CEO Chambers Ireland and Tony McGuinness, FedEx Express Europe. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.
The conference takes place on Wednesday, November 18 and will also feature an expo, issue and sector-specific workshops; meet the buyer sessions and networking opportunities.
Elaine Carroll, Programme Director of EXIM, said the timing was perfect to hold such a conference in Dublin.
“Given the stratospheric increase in Irish exports over the last 12 months and the steady march of imports, which have been widely attributed as the driving force behind Ireland’s economic recovery , now is the time to acknowledge the contribution of Irish exporters and importers, “ said Ms Carroll.
“EXIM Summit will give those progressive individuals and companies an opportunity to connect and network, to learn from leading experts and to capitalise on new opportunities,” she said.
FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company, is the headline sponsor of the EXIM Summit – Ireland’s only Export-Import conference. Enabling businesses to reach their international potential, FedEx Express provides businesses with transportation guidance, enhanced shipping solutions and the confidence needed to explore further opportunities overseas.
“Small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) are a driving force in improving the economy and it is encouraging to see increasing numbers of SMEs recognising the value of exports and as a result more are going global,” says David Canavan, Senior Vice President Operations Europe, FedEx Express. “There is a real sense of positivity and they understand there’s a whole world of customers out there to tap into. We’re delighted to sponsor the EXIM Summit and want to help harness this enthusiasm and provide Irish entrepreneurs with increased confidence and guidance to succeed internationally.”
The EXIM Summit is also supported by ConnectIreland, Chambers Ireland, InterTrade Ireland, Revenue, ISME, The Export Co-op, and eBSI Export Academy.
“Ireland is forecast to be the EU’s fastest growing economy again this year and Ireland’s export market is crucial to our continued economic success,” said Joanna Murphy, CEO of ConnectIreland, who is also speaking at the event.
“Support for companies focused on growth through international sales is a priority for ConnectIreland. We are delighted to be involved with EXIM Summit, Ireland’s innovative new conference,” she added.
The EXIM Summit is targeted at Irish exporters and importers, globally recognised export-import companies and brands, support organisations, government bodies, entrepreneurs and investors and industry association representatives.
Confirmed speakers to date include: Kingsley Aikins of Diaspora Matters; Joanna Murphy, CEO ConnectIreland; Dr Stephen Brennan, Chief Digital Advisor to the Irish Government and Ireland’s representative on the European Commission member states’ board on digital entrepreneurship; Dr Briga Hynes, Director of International Entrepreneurship Management at University of Limerick, plus more to be announced. EXIM Summit will be officially opened by An Tanaiste Joan Burton.
Kapil Khanna, Programme Director of EXIM described the event as “unmissable” for both those in the export-import sector and for those who are starting out.
“The event will provide export-import practitioners with a forum for education, connections and thought leadership. It is an unmissable day for businesses seeking to grow internationally in 2016, and beyond,” he stated.
Early bird tickets for EXIM Summit are now available via EXIM ticket partner Eventbrite.
For more information on the EXIM Summit click here.