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Informal Networking: Great October Revolution Drinks – Nov 7th

November 2, 2013 Comments off

The Ireland Russia Business Association is hosting an informal drinks and networking session, which will present a perfect opportunity to meet colleagues and market practitioners in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

VENUE: The Alexander Hotel, Merrion Square,

DATE: Thursday, 7th November at 6pm

FEES: Members – Free; Guests – 20 Eur (Payable in advance, for payment options, click here).

REGISTRATION:  If interested in attending, please RSVP by email before COB on Wednesday, 6th November 2013.

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Aviation/Transportation Trade Mission to Russia, 7 – 10 October 2013

July 22, 2013 Comments off

Enterprise Ireland Russia & CIS would like to invite you to participate in the Aviation/Transportation Trade Mission to Russia, which will be based in Moscow and will offer attendees an opportunity to learn first-hand about extensive market potential, to meet the most influential industry players, to network with existing/potential customers/partners, and to generate PR and media opportunities both in Russia and back home.

The trade mission will take place 7-10 October, 2013, to coincide with the ‘Wings of Russia’ International Aviation Forum allowing companies to engage with a large number of influential Russian customers. Read more…

Informal Networking Event – Jul 5th

June 25, 2013 Comments off

The Ireland Russia Business Association is hosting an informal drinks and networking session, which will present a perfect opportunity to meet colleagues and market practitioners in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Non-members are welcome. We would love for you to come along and meet us, and will be happy to tell you about the organisation and discuss possible needs.

VENUE: The Alexander Hotel, Merrion Square,

DATE: Friday, 5th July 2012

TIME: 5.30pm – 8pm

FEES: Members – free; Guests – €20 payable at the doors

REGISTRATION:  Please RSVP in advance using the below button
Eventbrite - Ireland Russia Business Association: Informal Drinks and Networking Session

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PRESS RELEASE: Russian Business Forum

June 6, 2013 Comments off

The Ireland Russia Business Association and Enterprise Ireland will host a Russian Business Forum this Friday, 7th June 2013 at Enterprise Ireland’s Head Office in East Point Business Park, Dublin 3.

Mr. John Perry TD, Minister for Small Business will deliver the keynote address and speakers and panellists will include representatives from CRH, NT-MDT, Moscow Financial University, Bank of Ireland and the Irish Translators and Interpreters’ Association.

H.E. Ambassador of Russia to Ireland Mr. Maxim Peshkov will attend and participate in the discussions along with his colleagues from the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Ireland.

Speaking in advance of the Forum Minister Perry said:

CSO figures are showing that Irish companies are increasing their presence in Russia.  Figures for 2012 show exports increased 19% year on year from 2011 and 61% from 2010.  Nearly half of these exports are created by indigenous companies who are clients of Enterprise Ireland. These figures confirm that doing business in Russia is an important part of the Government’s exports and jobs programme.

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BELARUS: Trade and investment opportunities with common economic space of 170 mln people

April 26, 2013 Comments off

The IRBA in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be hosting a business breakfast seminar and an informal networking session.

BELARUS: Trade and investment opportunities with common economic space of 170 mln peopleBel Embassy Logo

Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan have established and introduced a Customs Union and a common economic space creating a greater market of 170 million people, with $8,500 GDP per capita. This event will provide a chance to learn about possible trade and investment opportunities, and is intended for senior business leaders and sales directors.

DATE: Friday, 17th May 2013

TIME: Breakfast served from 8.30am, with talks from 9am-10.30am.

VENUE: The Alexander Hotel, Merrion Square.


Welcome Address

  • H.E. Mr. Sergei Aleinik, Ambassador of Belarus to the UK and Northern Ireland, former representative to the UN

Country Introduction: Trading with and Investing in Belarus

  • Mr. Dmitry Klevzhits, Head of Belarus National Agency of Investment and Privatization, which is a counterpart of IDA Ireland
  • Mr. James Wilson, Director of the Belarus EU Business Council

Customs Union: What it means and how to trade with a wider market though Belarus

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CRH Acquires Ukraine Business

April 26, 2013 Comments off

CRH plc announced that it reached agreement to acquire Lafarge-owned Mykolaiv Cement. With the addition of Mykolaiv Cement, located in the Lviv region of Western Ukraine, CRH becomes the market leader in Ukraine, allowing it to further leverage the benefits of the new Podilsky factory.

CRH in Ukraine: CRH entered the Ukraine market in 1999 with the acquisition of Podilsky Cement and in 2011 commissioned a state of the art dry process kiln at that facility with an annual clinker capacity of 2.3 million tonnes. Also in 2011, CRH acquired a majority stake in Odessa Cement.

Source: CRH plc.

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Speaker Event: Dmitry Polyanskiy “Eurasian Economic Integration – Perspective” – Apr-16

April 9, 2013 Comments off

The Embassy of the Russian Federation in Ireland would like to invite Ireland Russia Business Association members and friends to attend a speaker event titled: “Eurasian Economic Integration – Perspectives”

Date: Tuesday, 16th April 2013, 12.45pm.
Venue: The Institute of International and European Affairs, 8 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1
Food: Light lunch will be served

Overview: The planned launch of a Eurasian Economic Union in 2015 would be the most ambitious regional integration project in the post-Soviet space since 1991. Economic integration has already occurred in the region in the framework of the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Now, as the three states prepare for a much deeper level of economic union, Dmitry Polyanskiy will discuss the future of Eurasian economic integration and its impact on the member states and wider region. Read more…

Orphan Children Charity “To Russia With Love” Receives Gift of an Icon

March 25, 2013 Comments off

By Debbie Deegan

We have been deeply honoured in To Russia With Love with the wonderful gift of a Russian Icon. It was presented to us in the Russian Embassy in Dublin this week by Ambassador Peshkov. Damien Clancy, and other board members were present for the presentation.

It was gifted to us by the Iconographer, Leonid Kurzenkov, after he heard about our work with the orphaned and abandoned children in many regions of Russia. He was deeply moved by the fact that Irish people have been working with the Russian Administration for the past fifteen years, and changing the lives of thousands of Russian children. Leonid Kurzenkov is a well know painter in Russia, he is a deeply religious and caring man. Leonid invited me to his artist’s studio in Moscow to see the Icon as it was being painted, this was a fantastic and rare opportunity.

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EVENT: Ireland Russia Business Breakfast Hears Of Challenge To Irish Government

March 14, 2013 Comments off

By Limelight Communications

Economist Constantin Gurdgiev criticises current Government thinking; event hears of 19% increase in Irish exports to Russia

A business event co-hosted by Dublin City Council and the Ireland Russia Business Association (IRBA) on Monday, 11th March 2013 heard Enterprise Ireland announce a 19% increase in Irish exports in goods to Russia from 2011 to 2012.  The event heard that the months through November  2012, the export figure from Ireland to Russia was €603million, excluding services.  Peter Finnegan, Director of Economy and International Relations with Dublin City Council commented that a key element of Ireland’s recovery rested with business development into the emerging Russian Market.  Business expansion into and inward investment from Russia had the potential to create significant jobs.  Dublin’s Russian Festival focused on the potential for increasing business with, and attracting investment from, Russia.

Chairman of the IRBA, respected economist and commentator Constantin Gurdgiev provided participants with an insight into the trade dynamics between Ireland and Russia.  He challenged current Irish policy and thinking.  He emphasised the urgent need to establish Ireland’s reputation as a platform for entry by companies from BRIC economies and other emerging and middle income markets into North American and European Markets.  He observed that in his view, too many Russians still think of Ireland as part of England and hold other stereotypes.  He also encouraged Irish business to see Russia as a platform for entry into the Central Asia Marketplace and also into the countries of the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States).

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Perspectives of International Banking and Finance Seminar at DIT

March 1, 2013 Comments off

DIT hosted a Business Breakfast Seminar in association with the IRBA “Perspectives on International Banking and Finance” in the College of Business, Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street, Dublin on Thursday, 7th February 2013.

The event was the held in recognition of the importance of high calibre graduates with advanced financial and economic expertise in the public and private financial services sector with a focus on the Russian Federation. This Seminar explored perspectives of knowledge requirements in the public policy domain. The development of international public service linkages and strategic networks in the area of International Banking and Finance in the current economic environment were also discussed.

The event was attended by over 30 people including academics and banking practitioners. The new MSc in International Banking and Finance as launched by DIT was highlighted. This was of particular interest to the audience because it enables students to study for at least one semester in the Financial University, Moscow.

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