World Trade Centre group to open office in Dublin
THE World Trade Centre Association, a global organisation that brings together businesses and government agencies involved in foreign trade, plans to open an Irish centre.
The centre will provide Irish business and trade organisations with information about international trade opportunities, collaboration and education.
It will also help foreign companies looking for trade opportunities in Ireland.
"In the current economic climate every business needs to examine all its options and seek new business opportunities," said World Trade Center Dublin boss David Pierce.
"Through our network of world trade centres, we will be in a position to offer networking and trading opportunities with over one million companies throughout the world."
The organisation announced its first project yesterday -- a joint professional education initiative with Independent Colleges, a third-level teaching organisation supported by the publisher of this newspaper.
The two partners will now sell trade education programmes for Irish businesses presented by foreign business experts designed to enhance the international trade competency of individuals and businesses in Ireland.
"This is an exciting new initiative for businesses, particularly in the export sector," said Fine Gael TD Simon Coveney who spoke at the announcement. "Any new initiative that opens gateways for Irish business should be strongly supported.
"Ireland is a small open economy that relies on contacts and business connections to expand and grow its economy. The launch of World Trade Centre Dublin is a positive development and a good news story which is much needed in the current climate."