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Taoiseach to promote Ireland as an excellent place to invest at World Economic Forum

Pro-business, world-class R&D environment and well-educated workforce set Ireland apart

Taoiseach Enda Kenny travels to Davos, Switzerland tomorrow (Wednesday, January 22nd) to attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will also attend the Forum.

This will be the Taoiseach’s third visit to the Forum and first since Ireland successfully exited the programme of external support. In a busy schedule of meetings, panel discussions and workshop events, the Taoiseach will focus on the continued promotion of Ireland as a top-class destination for international business and investment.

As Ireland continues on the road to recovery, the Taoiseach will meet individually with leaders of several major multinational firms. In these meetings the Taoiseach will outline Ireland’s pro-business and world-class R&D environment as well as our young and well-educated flexible workforce as key elements that make Ireland an excellent place to invest.

The Taoiseach will also participate in a number of Forum events in Davos, one of which will include President Jose Manuel Barroso as well as the Prime Minister of Sweden, Italy’s Minister of Economy and Finance and the President and CEO of Siemens.

On Thursday evening, the Taoiseach and Minister Noonan will participate in an IDA-hosted event for senior executives of major international companies.



The Taoiseach will participate in a number of interviews with international and travelling Irish media. He will also meet with US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew as well as leading representatives from multinational companies including James Cowles, CEO Europe, Middle East and Africa of Citi Group, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Adobe’s Senior Vice President of Technology and Corporate Development Bryan Lamkin, and Burke Norton, Executive Vice President of Salesforce.