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Global economic forum taking place in Dublin this weekend

Dublin Castle from the side

The 2015 Global Irish Economic Forum has been opened this morning by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan in Dublin Castle.

The forum, which is organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will focus on growing Irish exports, job creation and entrepreneurship along with other issues related to trade.

This is the fourth time the forum has taken place since its launch in 2009. The idea for the gathering was born out of the disastrous state of the economy at the time. As the country stood on the brink of financial meltdown the forum was an attempt to harness the experience and ideas of “influential members of the global Irish community” in an effort to inject some life into the economy.

Among those speaking today will be European Digital Girl of the Year Lauren Boyle, Connor Murphy, founder of Datahug and Foodcloud CEO Iseult Ward. In total there will be 300 key influencers from 29 countries in attendance for the two day event. The entire membership of the Global Irish Network has also been invited to participate and contribute.

Minister Flanagan said: “The focus is firmly on sustaining and strengthening our robust economic growth, complementing the range of Government initiatives in place to support entrepreneurs and assist businesses to set up and to scale up”.

Some of the recommendations from previous Economic Forums have fed into Action Plans for Jobs and other Government strategies. Some of the most notable initiatives from previous Forums include Irish Design 2015, The Gathering 2013, Connect Ireland and the Global Irish Contacts Programme.