The launch of the Irish Chamber of Commerce in Sweden in 2018 sent a strong signal of the strength and potential of our economic relationship with Sweden. The Chamber has an important role to play in building commercial links between the two countries and also in fostering personal relationships including within the Irish business community here. The Embassy of Ireland in Stockholm together with Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia were closely involved in setting up the Chamber and will continue to support its activities in future.
I am delighted to be Patron of the Irish Chamber of Commerce in Sweden and I look forward to working closely with the Chair and the Board in the years ahead in promoting its objectives. The importance attached to this work is underpinned by the participation of our Minister for Foreign Affairs and Sweden’s Minister for the European Union and Trade in previous events and the role will no doubt grow with the need to re-focus our trade and investment effort across the Nordic-Baltic region in the challenging new environment we all face. The links that the Chamber can make to similar organisations in the region will also be important in harnessing potential for Ireland.
The ambition would not be possible without the voluntary efforts and personal time of Chamber board members reflecting the great Irish spirit of community. I would like to express heartfelt appreciation for your assistance in building the strong partnerships and friendship with Sweden.
Ní neart go cur le Chéile.
- Austin Gormley, Ambassador of Ireland, Stockholm, October 2020