These are very busy times in Ireland for determining key strategies for the future economic development of the country. Next week we have the Silicon Valley Comes to Ireland event organised by the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG). Key business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists will be coming to these shores to provide advice, mentoring, investment and a vision of what could be — the possibility, in these dark economic times that, that through innovation and endeavour we may well emerge stronger than before.
Following hard on the heels of that event is the Global Irish Economic Forum at Dublin Castle on the 7th and 8th of October which has three main purposes:
- Engage fully with the Irish Diaspora in developing Ireland’s global business and trade relations.
- Discuss face-to-face the Government’s priorities for economic renewal with key members of the international business community.
- Strengthen ties with the Irish Diaspora as a key part of the Government’s efforts to restore Ireland’s international reputation abroad.
Kicking off this mini-season of reaching out was the launch of the Global Diaspora Strategies Toolkit at the Shelbourne Hotel last Wednesday.
Over 350 people gathered to hear the endorsement of the project by the Taoiseach of Ireland, Enda Kenny, in a keynote speech.
Kingsley Aikins of Diaspora Matters, a consultancy company established to advise individuals, companies and governments on strategic methods for engaging with diaspora communities, viewed the launch as a “national call to arms in this space. That is to say: every institution, corporation, organisation; every town, village and every individual actually has a role to play.”
While we at Technology Voice are primarily concerned about covering innovation and technology, there is no doubt that there is an inextricable link between the growth of the tech sector and the economic health of the country as a whole.
With the largest dispersed population of any nation it can only make sense to utilize the experience and knowledge that has been acquired by our compatriots and those of Irish descent so successfully over many years across the globe.
This is especially important when capable and deeply networked organisations such as the ITLG and Diaspora Matters are devoting themselves to making vital and productive connections within as well as beyond our geographic border.
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