Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (148)

Colm Keaveney


148. Deputy Colm Keaveney asked the Taoiseach if he will provide details of all bilateral meetings held between himself and any other individual or group at the recent annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, including the identity of all such groups or individuals and the purpose of each meeting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9576/13]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is attended by political and business leaders and heads of international organisations and provides a unique forum for debate and discussion on a wide range of topics of global economic and political interest. I attended the 2013 annual meeting in Davos from 23-25 January. Details of my programme are set out below. The primary purpose of my engagements at the WEF was to promote Ireland as a location for international business and investment.

WEF Davos, 2013 – Taoiseach’s Programme

Wednesday 23 January

Working dinner for Heads of State or Government attending World Economic Forum, hosted by Professor and Mrs. Schwab.

Thursday 24 January

Meeting with New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Euronext

Media event – CNBC Europe

Meeting with Ms. Christine Lagarde M.D. of the IMF to discuss progress in implementing Ireland’s EU/IMF Programme

WEF interactive plenary session on “Eurozone Crises –the way forward” with;

PM Monti of Italy

PM Rutte of Netherlands and

PM Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark

WEF working lunch on “Europe Growth and Employment”

Meeting with Diageo

IDA event for client companies and prospects (approximately 45 attendees) also meetings with




Cantor Fitzgerald

Friday 25 January

Media event - Reuters

Meetings with

Bank of America

Western Union

McGraw Hill

WEF Private High-Level working lunch to discuss the prevailing global themes for 2013

Address at Transatlantic Business Dialogue on strengthening the EU-US trade and investment relationship.