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Minister Brendan Howlin travels to World Economic Forum, Dalian, China

Minister Brendan Howlin is travelling to Dalian, China to attend the World Economic Forum ‘Annual Meeting of the New Champions’.

The meeting will be attended by political and business leaders and is the foremost global business gathering in Asia.

The Minister will use his time in Dalian to build on the work he has previously undertaken in the ASEAN region during visits to Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines.

Speaking before his departure, the Minister said, “During this trip to Dalian, I will continue to take every opportunity to promote trade, investment and tourism in Ireland and tell the story of our recovery.”

Minister Howlin is participating in a number of events on the programme on prevailing global economic matters. These include sessions entitled “Creating the Next Frontiers of Growth” and “Innovation to Bridge the Knowledge Gap and Share Competitiveness”

A wide range of meetings and networking opportunities have been organized so as to fully utilize the visit.

These include:

Meeting with the Chairman of China Construction Bank Leasing

Meeting with the Board of Saongroup

Meeting with the Chairman of Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) University Council YANG Xueyi and witnessing the signing of an MoU to launch Irish Studies Network

Full intinerary:

Minister Brendan Howlin Visit to China, 8-15 September 2013

Sunday, 8 September

Meeting with Beijing GAA and Irish community

Monday, 9 September

Meeting with Vice President of Academy for Macroeconomic Research under National Development and Reform Commission, Professor WANG Yiming.

Meeting with Chairman of China Construction Bank Leasing GU Jingpu, China Construction Bank HQ

Meet with Board of Saongroup, Saongroup China HQ

Interview with Economic Observer

Interviewer: Susan Wu (interview in Chinese with interpretation)

China World Hotel

Tuesday, 10 September

Meet Chairman of Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) University Council, YANG Xueyi

Witness signing of MoU to launch Irish Studies Network

Speech to students.

Depart for Dalian

Wednesday, 11 September

World Economic Forum

Participant: Industry Partners Session: Partnership for Cyber Resilience

Meeting with WEF Europe Director

WEF opening ceremony

Tianjin Night reception, Hilton Hotel

Huawei reception, Shangri La Hotel

Thursday, 12 September

World Economic Forum

Contributor: Private Session: Informal Gathering of World Economic Leaders: Creating the Next Frontiers of Growth

China Business News media interview

21st Century Business Herald media interview

Participant: Workshop: Competitiveness Lab: Innovation to Bridge the Knowledge Gap and Share Competitiveness

Friday, 13 September

Return Beijing

Closing ceremony of World Tourism Cities Federation event

Visit to Dublin stand at WTCF Expo

Dinner with Lord Mayor of Dublin, Dublin City Council and Dublin Airport Authority