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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (110)

Brendan Smith

Question:

110. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he will report on Ireland’s Competitiveness Challenge 2021. [61365/21]

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Written answers (Question to Enterprise)

The National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC) reports to the Taoiseach and the Government, through myself as Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment on key competitiveness and productivity issues facing the Irish economy and offers recommendations on policy actions required to enhance Ireland’s competitive position.

On 21 September 2021, the NCPC published Ireland’s Competitiveness Challenge 2021, which identified four broad medium- and long-term strategic challenges aimed at enhancing Ireland’s competitiveness and productivity performance. The report made 20 targeted and actionable recommendations to Government in order to secure an improvement in the standard of living for all of society.

A formal response to the Competitiveness Challenge report was coordinated by the Department of An Taoiseach and published on 30 November 2021. Through this mechanism, the Government has officially responded to the Council on all 20 of the recommendations included in its Report, indicating the range of actions and reforms currently or soon to be in train in response to the recommendations. These actions will support Ireland’s competitive position in the coming years.

From my perspective as Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment, I welcome the Council’s analysis and recommendations. The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment will play its part in delivering the reforms outlined by the Council in the seven recommendations where it is listed as the primary actor.

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