Language skills crucial to success in China Market

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Sino-Irish Business Seminar

Ireland’s hopes of enjoying continued export success to China will be hampered unless we take language training in Cantonese and Mandarin seriously. This is one of a number of  recommendations that will be presented at the Sino-Irish Business Seminar on Thursday 10th February at Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, from 8.30am till 2.00pm.

Dublin City Council hosts the seminar as part of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival.

According to Lord Mayor Gerry Breen who will address the seminar,

“China will play an important part in Ireland’s future economic growth. Today’s seminar is about discovering the opportunities for businesses in both Ireland and China.  Topics such as exporting to China, tourism between our two countries and China’s property market will be discussed.”


John Whelan, CEO of the Irish Exporters Association says that “Irish exports to China grew by 800 per cent in the past decade, rising to €2.6 billion in 2010. However our competitors are also targeting the China market and most of them, including the USA, are introducing language training in  Cantonese and Mandarin to their education systems. Very little is being done in Ireland in this regard and the Irish Exports Association is calling for the immediate introduction of Chinese languages at secondary level.”

The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival Sino-Irish Business Seminar is presented by Dublin City Council in partnership with the Smurfit Business School UCD, Irish Exporters Association, Ireland China Association and Treasury Holdings.

2011 marks the Year of the Rabbit and the seminar will be of interest to all would-be economic magicians who believe Ireland can pull an economic miracle out of a Chinese hat.


Notes to The Editor

Speakers on the day include:

  • John F. Whelan, CEO Irish Exporters Association who will speak on ‘Ireland’s rising exports and China’s emerging markets’
  • Pauline Byrne of Treasury Holdings on ‘Treasury China Trust, Property Market Update’
  • Kevin Lynch, Chair of the Ireland China Association on ‘celebrating Ten Years of the ICA’

Irish Exports to China:

Irish exports to China were approx €2.6 billion in 2010. Of these:

  • 61% of exports were in computer equipment exports
  • 15% were in baby foods
  • 4.7% were in dairy products
  • 4.6% were in pharmaceutical products
  • 3% were in medical devices

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