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IRBA Event: Breakfast Breifing “Agri-food Exports to Russia” – 20 Nov

November 12, 2012 Comments off

VENUE: Mason Hayes & Curran, South Bank House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4

DATE: Tuesday, 20th November 2012, 8am to 11am (registration from 7.30am)

SPEAKERS: Representatives from the Irish Exporters Association, Ireland Russia Business Association, Mason Hayes & Curran, Lakeland Dairies and The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association will present on the day with additional speakers to be confirmed

Ireland-Russia Agri Overview by IRBA Chairman Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev:

The Russian economy’s continued growth since the 2008-2009 crisis has been underpinned by rapid expansion in consumer spending and a fragile, but growing long-term capital investment programme aimed at modernising and diversifying economic acidity. Coupled with a prolonged recession and stagnation in the Euro area, these developments have made the Russian market an increasingly important and attractive trade and investment partner for Ireland. Russian goods imports from Ireland have increased from €245 million in 2009 to €620 million in 2011 and are set to rise by 6-8% in 2012. With Russia’s GDP growth expected to average roughly 3.8-4.0% up to 2017, primarily fuelled by a strong recovery in consumer consumption and declining inflation, Russian markets offer tremendous potential for Irish exports. We expect 2013-2017 goods exports to Russia from Ireland to rise to well over €1 billion annually with overall, longer-term potential for trade volumes close to €3-€4 billion annually. Read more…

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Improved Visa System and Direct Flights Would Open up More Business

August 30, 2012 1 comment

Improved visa system and direct flights to Moscow would open up more business opportunities, stated Mr Maxim Peshkov – the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Ireland, at the IEA’s Ireland Russia Business Association (IRBA) lunch on 29th August 2012.

At the Ireland Russia Business Association lunch the Ambassador from the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Ireland stated:

  • There were many opportunities for the expansion of bi-lateral trade between Ireland and Russia and that the establishment of the Joint Economic Commission in November  last year  was a very positive step along the way.
  • The Irish government was in a strong position to promote further trade with Russia through the World Customs Organisation, where Josephine Feehily – The Revenue  Commissioners Chairman – was also the Chairman of the WCO.
  • Equally there was a strong opportunity for the Irish Government to build further trade expansion with Russia during the Irish Presidency of the EU next year.

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Video – IMF answering questions from Moskovites about the economy

August 12, 2012 Comments off

IMF asked Moscovites for their toughest questions on Russia’s economy. In response, the IMF’s Antonio Spilimbergo tackles challenges such as oil, funding pensions, growth and transparency for investors. Read more…


Latest Euromoney Country Risk Survey results

August 6, 2012 Comments off

Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev

Recent Country Risk survey by Euromoney shows some interesting trends relating to the Russian economy. Here are the headlines:
“The five economies of the Brics have seen an aggregate ECR score loss of 6.4 points this year, lowering the average score by 3.1 points to 56.8. South Africa (-2 points), Brazil (-1.9) and India (-1.6) have endured the worst declines in sentiment, resulting from concerns about export market conditions, amid waning demand for commodities and increased domestic security risks. However, all five have seen large declines in their economic assessment scores, as contributors have reassessed their expectations for global growth and have acknowledged the slowdown in China’s breakneck pace of expansion.”  Read more…

Career: Enterprise Ireland International Graduate Programme 2012 – Russia

July 30, 2012 Comments off

Enterprise Ireland is looking for candidates for their International Graduate Programme 2012 – 2014 with placement in Moscow: download details (PDF, 100K).

Culture: Monica Loughman Ballet presents “Masterpieces of World Opera and Ballet” at the National Concert Hall, Dublin in September

July 25, 2012 Comments off

Unique new format combines opera and ballet performances, debuting Belfast’s own Melissa Hamilton, principal ballerina of the Royal Ballet and an excerpt from Monica Loughman’s new production in classical ballet, Children of Lir

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IEA: Exports Expected to get boost from up-coming Trade mission to Russia

June 12, 2012 Comments off

Minister of State Joe Costello will lead a five strand Trade Mission to Russia from the 18th – 22nd June, 2012, to help Irish exporters take advantage of the expansion in demand for Education and Training, Agri-food and support technologies, Software and ICT, Nanotechnology, and Financial Services.

John Whelan, chief executive of the Irish Exporters Association( IEA) urged exporters to take advantage of the Trade Mission which is being organised by  Enterprise Ireland, stating: ‘’The  Russian market continues to grow strongly, with  Irish exports in the first quarter of the  year growing by 32%‘’. Read more…