On the 20th September 2017 at the Intercontinental hotel the AICC gathered 150 business associates, ambassadors and government representatives to reflect on a productive 30 years in existence as well as look to the promising future for trade between Ireland and the Arab world.
Ahmad Younis AICC Secretary General and CEO welcomed the invited guests including guest of honour His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. Prince Turki whose long and distinguished career saw him serve as Director General of the General Intelligence Directorate and as Ambassador to England and to the USA addressed the guests giving his unique perspective on the region. Minister Pat Breen TD Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection also addressed the gathering and stressed the importance of export growth to the Irish economy.
There are over 400 Irish companies doing business in the region today and this number should double over the next ten years. The region has the advantage of being only a few hours flying time away and has a growing population and a need to import many products and services which Ireland can supply competitively.
The AICC’s primary role is the facilitation of trade through the provision of essential certification documentation and services to exporters from Ireland to the Arab markets it represents. As it celebrates a significant milestone, the Chamber is also expanding its role to promote opportunities for key Arab and Irish business interests to meet and develop trade and investment potential.
We can expect a sharp increase in focus on the Arab region as Irish businesses seek to diversify in response to the impact of Brexit on their UK business and in response to the anticipated trends in international trade and the growing attractiveness of the Arab markets.