Founded in 1783, Dublin Chamber is the largest and most influential Business-to-Business networking and lobbying organization in Dublin, the capital of Ireland. Its diverse membership base spans a spectrum of start-ups, small and medium businesses to large multinationals in the Dublin city region. Dublin Chamber members are united in the vision that Dublin will be globally renowned for its economic competitiveness, sustainability, and quality of life.
Dublin Chamber delivers a wide range of activities centered on its core strengths of influencing, connectivity, and knowledge, such as lobbying for business, networking events, international business assistance and export services, alongside sponsorship and business promotion opportunities.
This year to date, meetings have taken place with several senior government officials and elected representatives to lobby on pertinent business issues. Over ten policy papers have been submitted to an assortment of consultations since the beginning of the year.
For the remainder of 2022, Dublin Chamber will continue to advocate for the delivery of positive change on a wide range of issues for Dublin businesses, focusing particularly on any matters impacting the success of Dublin’s labor market, sustainability, and infrastructure. Dublin Chamber will continue to advocate for the conditions needed to advance and grow the scale of Ireland’s international connectivity. Dublin Chamber recognizes the critical importance of international relationships and the role they play in supporting the success of Dublin businesses and Ireland’s island economy.
Founded in 1783, Dublin Chamber is the largest and most influential Business-to-Business networking and lobbying organisation in Dublin, the capital of Ireland.
One such international relationship of immeasurable value is that between Japan and Ireland. Dublin Chamber celebrates the longstanding relationship between Japan and Ireland, observing 65 years of diplomatic relations this year. The Japanese embassy in Ireland was established in 1964 and Ireland opened its embassy in Tokyo in 1973. Japan was the first East-Asian country with which Ireland found diplomatic links.
Over the last 65 years, there has been a wide range of high-level visits between the two countries, including visits from Irish Presidents and Taoisigh and members of the Imperial Family of Japan, including Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.
Japan is Ireland’s 11th largest trading partner and the largest source of foreign direct investment into Ireland from Asia. In 2016, Ireland exported over €7.7 billion worth of goods and services to Japan, principally from the agri-food, pharma/medical, ICT and financial services sectors, while importing over €2.4 billion worth of goods and services meaning that Ireland maintains a trade surplus with Japan.1
The EU and Japan Economic Partnership Agreement entered into force on the 1st February 2019. This Trade Agreement opened a new marketplace of 635 million people and almost a third of the world’s GDP. It is estimated it will save European businesses €1bn in duties annually.2
According to the last CSO figures for Jan-April 2022, Irish exports to Japan are up 15% from the same period the previous year, from 964m to 1.1b. Irish imports from Japan for the same period are up 150% on 2021 from 441m to 1.1b.3
Dublin Chamber delivers a wide range of activities centred on its core strengths of influencing, connectivity, and knowledge, such as lobbying for business, networking events, international business assistance and export services, alongside sponsorship and business promotion opportunities.
The main products exported from Japan to Ireland were motor cars, other motor vehicles, and machinery and mechanical appliances. The main products exported from Ireland to Japan were human blood, immunological processes, vaccines, toxins, and cultures of micro-organisms4.
The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation has been a member of the Enterprise Europe Network since 2012 with its offices in Tokyo.
Dublin Chamber welcomes any opportunity to continue expanding the relationship between Japan and Ireland. If you are a business interested in the work of Dublin Chamber, we would be delighted to hear from you and encourage you to get in touch with Dublin Chamber’s International Department.