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Minister Flanagan Welcomes Delegates from Six Fellow "Small Advanced Economies" to Dublin


Minister Flanagan Welcomes Delegates from Six Fellow "Small Advanced Economies" to Dublin  

- Government officials will discuss globalization, climate change, R&D, economic competitiveness, diaspora & relations with large states

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan T.D., this evening (Monday) hosted a reception at Iveagh House to welcome delegates and guests to the 2016 Meeting of the Small Advanced Economies Initiative (SAEI).  The meeting of the SAEI will be held at Dublin Castle from 6th to 8th September.

Jointly organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Science Foundation Ireland, the meeting will provide an opportunity for key senior officials and policymakers from Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore and Switzerland to share insights and knowledge in the areas of science and innovation, economic policy, and foreign affairs.

The agenda for the upcoming meeting is wide-ranging, covering, among others, topics such as relations with large states and entities, civil society discontent with globalization, climate change, research and development, economic competitiveness, and the role of the diaspora.

Minister Flanagan said:  

“Given the breadth of challenges and opportunities that we currently face as a small nation, it is an opportune time to welcome policymakers from fellow small advanced economies here to Dublin to confer on our experiences, share knowledge, and identify common concerns.”

The Minister continued:

“In these uncertain and turbulent times, coming together in a spirit of dialogue and cooperation is not a luxury, it is a necessity.  It allows us to reflect on how best to steer a safe course for our citizens. I am certain that these discussions will prove valuable in forging relationships and pooling ideas, and be of great benefit to all concerned.”


Press Office

05 September 2016