Sino-European Enterprises Summit Held in Ireland

On 14th June, 10th Sino-European Entrepreneurs Summit held in County Kildare, Ireland. Ceann Comhairle Sean O'Fearghail, Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Co-chairman of Sino-International Entrepreneurs Federation (SIEF) Long Yongtu addressed the conference. Chinese Ambassador to Ireland He Xiangdong also attended and addressed on the summit.

Ambassador He said in his speech that it takes a decade for the SEES summit to be held here in Ireland since its founding in 2008, and it's a testimony that the Sino-Irish relations has stepped into a new stage. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between China and Ireland, and Ireland is playing a more and more important role in Sino-European relations. China and Europe share a wide ranging of consensus in such major issues as the Belt and Road Initiative. As an important member of the EU, Ireland has expressed in many occasions its support to the BRI, its willingness to be a sincere partner of China in the EU as well as a bridge for the collaboration between China and Europe. China is engaged in the docking of the BRI with Ireland and other EU countries, in the spirit of mutual learning, peaceful cooperation, open and inclusivity, to achieve our common goal of peace, stability and prosperity.

Ambassador He pointed out that Sino European mutually-beneficial cooperation and win-win development cannot be achieved without the backdrop of globalization, multilateralism and free trade mechanism, and it cannot be realized without an open and inclusive mindset. The Chinese and Irish peoples have firsthand experience in this regard. It is by virtue of adapting to the trend of globalization, merging into the multilateral free trade mechanism, and forging an open and inclusive economy, China has grown into the second largest economy in the world and Ireland has leaped into a 'tiger of Celtic'.

Ambassador He emphasized that nowadays anti-globalism is surging, unilateralism, protectionism, trade hegemony and bullying is flaring up. Multilateralism and free trade system are confronting considerable challenges. The 'beggar-thy-neighbor' trade policy will not make any country great again, but could only take it into another Great Depression again. China stands ready to make concerted efforts with all European countries, to uphold globalization, sustainable development, multilateralism and free trade, to improve global governance, so as to promote long-lasting peace of the world and create a more prosperous world. There is much potential for China and Ireland in this regard and we must succeed.

In his speech, former Irish prime minister Enda Kenny said, Ireland can offer to Chinese investors stable investment environment, young population as well as commitment and understanding to the nature of Chinese culture. The "Belt and Road Initiative" offers enormous opportunities for Ireland and Sino-Irish cooperation in various fields.

Co-chairman Long Yongtu said that SIEF has made the right decision to hold its 10th Sino-European Entrepreneurs Summit in Ireland as he himself and the delegates from China both see a lot of business opportunities in the country, particularly in the fields of science and technology, food industry and tourism among others. China is due to further deepen reform and opening up, and uphold the stability of the mechanism of international trade and multilateralism together with countries all over the world.

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl said in his closing remarks that the relationship between Ireland and China is "very good" and is improving all the time. China has an interest in Ireland and it is determined to exploit that interest, he said, adding that Chinese investment in Ireland last year increased by 200 percent.

During the summit, delegates from both sides explored the cooperation opportunities mainly in the fields of trade and investment, finance and banking, education and agriculture in the forms of panel discussions and speeches.

Sino-European Entrepreneurs Summit was founded by Sino-International Entrepreneurs Federation in 2008 and has been held 9 times in various countries including UK, France and Switzerland.

(Photos from Xinhua News Agency)