Membership of Ireland-Asia business group increases by 70 per cent
Irish interest in doing business in region is growing, according to Asia Matters director
Gerry Cross of the Central Bank of Ireland with Alan Dukes at a roundtable discussion on Brexit earlier this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne
Irish interest in doing business in Asia is growing, according to a leading organisation focused on developing links between the region and this country.
Membership of local think tank Asia Matters, which is chaired by former government minister Alan Dukes, has increased by 70 per cent over the past 18 months.
Executive director Martin Murray said that its focus on building business links and aiding organisations in developing an understanding of Asian markets has “struck a chord” with many companies.
About 125,000 people have read its publications, while policymakers and the media have frequently consulted the organisation on various issues relating to Asia.
Launched by Mr Dukes, academic Thomas P Hardiman and Mr Murray five years ago, Asia Matters focuses on developing business ties between Ireland and Asia to aid economic growth.
Mr Murray said roundtable talks, conferences and networking events have increased membership.
The group will host its first Global Asia Matters Summit in Dublin next November.
Some of the speakers lined up include Mauro Petriccione, deputy director general of the European Commission’s trade directorate, Jim Barry, managing director of Blackrock Infrastructure Investment Group, and John Brandon, senior director, Asia Foundation USA.