British Irish Chamber of Commerce hosts discussion with Scottish minister on strengthening business and cultural co-operation

Breakfast event with Minister Fiona Hyslop focuses on reinforcing economic co-operation and cultural ties between Scotland and Ireland.

05 July 2017 – The Scottish Minister for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP was in Dublin today to meet with business and cultural leaders to discuss building links and increasing cooperation between Ireland and Scotland.

At a breakfast event organised by the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Eversheds Sutherland, Minister Hyslop said: “Scotland and Ireland have a strong and long-standing relationship and we want to strengthen the economic, diplomatic and cultural links we have with our neighbour. In particular we want to make more of the relationship between Scotland, its cities and regions, and those of Ireland ensuring our connections are about more than just Edinburgh and Dublin.”

“While our academic and culture sectors are already collaborating well together, there is potential in the agricultural sector and Ireland’s growing financial services sector. It’s important that we build on this potential and deepen economic ties between the two nations.”

Representatives of the Chamber’s nine policy committees were in attendance at the breakfast and discussions focused on reinforcing and strengthening cooperation between Ireland and Scotland in sectors as diverse as life sciences, food and agriculture, tourism and financial and professional services.

President of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, Eoin O’Neill said: “The Chamber is delighted to be hosting Minister Hyslop at this morning’s breakfast in Eversheds Sutherland. As the only organisation exclusively focused on the trade between the UK and Ireland, we see events like this morning’s as being vital for building the necessary relationships to ensure this trade is sustained beyond the uncertain period ahead of us as we negotiate Brexit.”

“Ireland and Scotland are cousins in culture and history and it is only right that we build on these strong cultural links to explore new areas of cooperation for the benefit of both our economies. As small, open nations, we both understand the importance of cooperation and strong business links to building strong and resilient economies.”

Speaking at the event, Alan Murphy, Managing Partner of Eversheds Sutherland Ireland said: “With the Brexit process unfolding, businesses and organisations on both sides of the Irish Sea are beginning to rethink how they trade internationally. As open and diverse economies, Ireland and Scotland share a common interest in unlocking the untapped potential of our common economic links.”
“This morning’s discussion with Minister Hyslop has provided a unique opportunity to identify the areas of mutual interest between Ireland and Scotland in the life sciences, tourism and financial services sectors and to reinforce the interconnectedness of our two islands.”

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