Business This Week: Netflix results and Irish Government quarterly figures

Nova UCD has a briefing session focusing on 5G, which is becoming visible on the horizon

Li Yong of Unido is on a visit to Ireland that will also incorporate a talk at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin

Li Yong of Unido is on a visit to Ireland that will also incorporate a talk at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin

 

MONDAY

Results: Citigroup, Goldman Sachs.

Indicators: Irish trade statistics (Jan).

Meetings: Institute for International and European Affairs (IIEA) event on Intelligence Driven Cyber Defence with Paul Gillen, head of security at Barclays (IIEA, North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1).

TUESDAY

Results: Bank of America, Netflix, Johnson & Johnson.

Indicators: Irish exports and imports (Feb); euro-zone construction output (Feb), economic sentiment index (Apr); UK unemployment (Feb), average earnings (Feb); German economic sentiment index (Apr), current conditions (Apr); US manufacturing and industrial production (Mar).

Meetings: 5G/IoT Accelerator Programme Briefing for businesses interested in network-enabled products and services (Ericsson Software Campus, Athlone, Co Westmeath).

With the future of 5G networks becoming ever more visible on the horizon, NovaUCD, in partnership with Vodafone and Ericsson are hosting a briefing session on their Accelerator Programme on Tuesday.

The 10-week programme is aimed at entrepreneurs who want to launch 5G network-enabled products and services as part of the Gigabit society. It is a technical subject, but an unavoidable one.

A total of 12 entrepreneurial teams will pitch their business cases and get access and support from Vodafone and Ericsson for developing and trialling new commercial products and services they hope to launch on a 5G network.

“The programme will draw upon Vodafone and Ericsson’s deep technical expertise and market knowledge and NovaUCD’s experience in building compelling and investable propositions,” said Tom Flanagan, UCD Director of Enterprise and Commercialisation.

Topics due to be covered at the event include value proposition, pricing strategies, revenue and funding models, data security, marketing and scaling for global markets.

Dr Peter Marshall, portfolio manager 5G at Ericsson, will give an overview of various case studies already demonstrated from across Europe.

WEDNESDAY

Results: Danone, PepsiCo, Morgan Stanley.

Indicators: Euro zone inflation (Mar); UK inflation (Mar), PPI input and output (Mar), retail price index (Mar); US exports and imports (Feb).

Meetings: Institute for International and European Affairs (IIEA) hosts UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) LI Yong (IIEA, North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1).

THURSDAY

Results: American Express.

Indicators: Irish Government quarterly finance statistics (Q4); Euro zone composite, services and manufacturing PMI (Apr); UK retail sales (Mar); German PPI (Mar), composite, services and manufacturing PMI (Apr); US retail sales (Mar).

Meetings: Shannon Chamber of Commerce hosts UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) LI Yong (Centre of Excellence, Ei Electronics, Shannon Industrial Estate).

Almost 40 years after a Chinese government delegation arrived in Ireland to study the mechanics of the Shannon Free Zone, the country’s former vice finance minister will visit to speak about the historic ties and meet local businesses.

In his current role as director general of the UN’s Industrial Development Organisation (Unido), Li Yong is on a visit to Ireland that will also incorporate a talk at the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) in Dublin.

Mr Li Yong would very much like to meet the local business people who have built their businesses at Shannon,” the local chamber of commerce has said ahead of the anticipated visit.

“As former vice minister of finance of China, [Li Yong] has first-hand experience of how the knowledge garnered at Shannon in 1980 influenced the development of the Chinese economy.”

As part of the visit, Kevin Thompstone, former chief executive of Shannon Development, will talk about the Shannon Free Zone’s origin, economic impact and evolution.

According to his UN biography, Mr Li helped establish fiscal, monetary and industrial policy in China and support economic growth. He is also said to have driven financial sector reform and corporate governance.

In his address to the IIEA, he will discuss Unido’s mandate of inclusive and sustainable industrial development in the context of the 2030 Agenda and Ireland’s new Development Policy, A Better World.

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