British Irish Chamber of Commerce Digest 20/07/2017

British Irish Chamber of Commerce Digest 20/07/2017

The British Irish Chamber of Commerce Weekly Digest keeps you up to date on the most recent activities of the Chamber, recent news from our members and notable media coverage.



The British Irish Chamber of Commerce Infrastructure Committee
 
The Chamber is currently in the process of establishing its 10th Committee
 
The Chamber is seeking members who may be interested in joining our Infrastructure Committee. This Committee is an exclusive professional working group dedicated to formulating policy and advancing a formal advocacy position that influences and shapes the decision making process in Westminster, Dáil Éireann and within the EU Institutions.

The on-going discussion on infrastructure has started to dominate political considerations in both the UK and Ireland. This Committee will look at the vast array of infrastructure that needs to be developed in order to address the impending impact of Brexit. If you are a member of the Chamber and you are interested in participating in the Committee, please send a note of interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Further details on the Committee are available here.
 



The Higher Education and Research Committee – Seeking New Members
 
The Higher Education and Research Committee is seeking new members from the business sector to supplement its membership.
 
This Committee, Chaired by Daire Keogh of DCU, sets out to:

- Be the go-to Committee on the potential impact of Brexit on the British, Irish and Northern Irish Higher Education and Research sectors.
- Build on the recent statement on Brexit priorities by Government to define a clear national strategy for Ireland in EU Education and Research and UK-IRL Education and Research links.
- Outline the implications of Brexit for cross-border and UK & Ireland research collaborations.
- Develop a common approach to leverage the opportunities and challenges of Brexit to increase Government funding in Higher Education and Research.
- Identify key areas where the UK and Irish Higher Education and Research sectors can collaborate for their mutual benefit.
- Provide a common message on higher education funding and Innovation 2020 implementation.

As a Council member of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce you are entitled to a nominee on this Committee. If you are interested in nominating a colleague to this committee, please contact the Head of Sectoral Policy, Paul Lynam at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The Impact of Brexit on the Border Regions
Cavan, 11 July 2017
 
An event to discuss the impact of Brexit on the Border Regions took place at the the Hotel Kilmore in County Cavan. The packed public meeting was organised by Fianna Fail TD Mr Brendan Smith.

Speakers included former Taoiseach Mr Bertie Aherne, Katie Daughen of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, Ruth Tallon of the Centre for Cross-Border Studies, Lorraine Higgins of Retail Excellence Ireland and Paul Kelly of Food/Drink Ireland.

For more details on the meeting see the Irish Times Article of 11 July here.



Brexit Business on Newstalk
 
Our UK Director Paul Slevin will be joining Vincent Wall every fortnight on Newstalk's Breakfast Business programme to discuss British-Irish business and trade. Paul's first appearance was on Tuesday 11 July when he discussed Business, Brexit and Transition Periods. You can catch-up with the first discussion here (Breakfast Business, part 1, approximately 15 minutes into the programme).



The British Irish Chamber of Commerce ICT Committee

Consultative Forum

The ICT Consultative Forum took place on Friday 14 July. The event was hosted by CurrencyFair and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their hospitality.

The sector was represented by participants from a diverse group of companies including Finance & Insurance, Talent Management, Legal, Communications, Funding & Investment and Data Protection. The purpose of the Forum was to ascertain the ICT sector’s views, concerns and expectations following the UK electorate’s decision to leave the European Union and the events that have occurred since. Participants discussed the challenges and opportunities presented to the sector as a consequence of Brexit.

Interesting and informative discussions took place, particularly around talent management and regulation and the feedback we received was highly positive.  We would like to thank Mr Pat Flood who chaired the Forum and all the participants for their contributions.
 
Our Head of Sectoral Policy Paul Lynam will be following up on the outcomes of the Forum. If you have any queries you can contact Paul at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



The harder the Brexit the hotter it gets?

Exploring impacts for climate policy

Joseph Curtin, Institute of International and European Affairs, Dublin, July 2017

The IIEA have published a policy brief that explores the implications of Brexit for climate policy within the UK, at EU level and internationally. The brief, written by Joseph Curtin, is available to download by following the link here to the IIEA website.



The Chamber's Week in Review
Some of last week's highlights for the British Irish Chamber of Commerce team

- Monday 10 July - Financial and Professional Services Committee meeting.
- Tuesday 11 July - a Public Meeting held in Cavan was attended by Katie Daughen of the Chamber.
- Friday 14 July - the ICT Consultative Forum took place.
- Tuesday 18 July - the Director General of the Chamber Mr John McGrane meet with Mr Michael D'Arcy, Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for Financial Services and Insurance.



Upcoming Chamber Committee Meetings:

The Energy Committee and the Culture, Arts, Sports & Tourism Committee will hold meetings in early August.

The SME Committee will be submitting its Policy Paper to the Irish Government in the coming days

If you are a member of the Chamber and wish to be involved in any Chamber Committee, please contact our Head of Sectoral Policy Paul Lynam at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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