An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Mr Leo Varadkar TD addresses Irish Exporters Association webinar series on charting a way forward for exporters

As part of the Irish Exporters Association’s (IEA) Export Series of webinars, An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Mr Leo Varadkar TD addressed IEA members on the topic, Business Robustness: A Way Forward. The Tánaiste discussed a number of issues with members including the economic and societal impact of the pandemic, the roll out of a potential COVID-19 vaccine, EU and Irish efforts to address climate change, the impact of the US election and Brexit readiness planning. The Tánaiste highlighted the resilience of Irish exporters and that exports will drive the economic recovery.

The webinar was timely and an opportunity for IEA members to get the Tánaiste’s views on charting a way forward for the business community, in particular exporters, in these unprecedented and challenging times.

Irish Exporters Association Chief Executive, Simon McKeever added: “I would like to thank An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar TD for addressing IEA members at such a crucial time for businesses. With less than a month to go until Brexit, businesses can and should prepare for the inevitable changes to customs, SPS and other regulatory requirements that will be in play from 1st January, regardless of whether a trade deal is agreed between the EU and the UK. I would like to thank the Tánaiste and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment for their ongoing efforts in relaying this important readiness message to businesses.

 The Tánaiste gave us a great insight into a number of key issues facing businesses including Brexit and COVID-19. We were particularly interested in the Tánaiste’s comments on sustainability and climate change and we called on the Government to reposition Ireland as a hugely attractive place for sustainable foreign direct investment. I have no doubt that today’s webinar will serve as an important reference point for our members in charting a way forward.”