CANCELED — Breakfast with Irish Ambassador | IBC Event | Mar 20

 You are invited.

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce International Business Council in Partnership with Baker Donelson, the Belmont University Center for International Business

and the Tennessee World Affairs Council

invite you to an International Business Council (IBC) Breakfast with

Ambassador of Ireland to the United States

Daniel Mulhall

A Conversation on US-Ireland Relations

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

8-9:30 am

Baker Donelson Special Events Center
211 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37201

8-8:30 am                       Registration, breakfast and networking

11:30 – 12:30pm            Program


U.S. Relations with Ireland 

Economic and trade ties are an important facet of overall U.S.- Irish relations. The United States is a major goods exporter to Ireland, ranking second only to the United Kingdom. U.S. goods exports to Ireland include pharmaceutical products, electrical components and equipment, computers and peripherals, aircraft, and optical/medical instruments. The United States is Ireland’s top export destination; about 27 percent of all Irish goods exports go to the United States. Irish goods exports to the United States include pharmaceutical products, organic chemicals, optical/medical instruments, and beverages. U.S.-Irish trade in services is growing as well. U.S. services exports to Ireland include intellectual property licenses, research and development, and management consulting services. Major Irish services exports to the United States include insurance and information services.

Two-way investment between the United States and Ireland continues to grow. Ireland’s membership of the EU attracts U.S. companies that use Ireland as a base to sell into Europe and other markets. There are approximately 700 U.S.-owned firms operating in Ireland that employ about 155,000 people in jobs that span from the manufacturing of high-tech electronics, computer products, medical supplies, and pharmaceuticals to retailing, banking, finance, and other services. Many high-tech firms, such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter, base their European operations in Ireland. Since 2015, Ireland also has become an important research and development center for U.S. firms in Europe. Irish firms are significant investors in the United States, especially in agri-business and building materials. About 450 Irish companies operate in the United States, having invested approximately $147.8 billion and employing some 100,000 workers as of 2017. The Embassy recently opened an office of Select USA to encourage and assist Irish companies seeking to invest and create jobs in the United States.

Source: U.S. State Department

About Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the U.S.

Daniel Mulhall took up duty as Ireland’s 18th Ambassador to the United States in August 2017. He was born and brought up in Waterford and undertook his undergraduate and post-graduate studies at University College Cork where he specialized in modern Irish history.

Ambassador Mulhall joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1978 and had his early diplomatic assignments in New Delhi, Vienna (OSCE), Brussels (European Union) and Edinburgh where he was Ireland’s first Consul General, 1998-2001. He served as Ireland’s Ambassador to Malaysia (2001-05), where he was also accredited to Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. In 2005, he was conferred with an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland for his work in connection with the Asian tsunami. From 2009 to 2013, he was Ireland’s Ambassador to Germany. Before coming to Washington, he served as Ireland’s Ambassador in London (2013-17).

For Ambassador Mulhall’s full bio, click here.

Supporting partners for the event include Baker Donelson, the Center for International Business at Belmont University and the Tennessee World Affairs Council.


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