Chambers Ireland Weekly Digest 18 February 2019
Call for Members – New Chambers Ireland Taskforces
To support our policy work in 2019, Chambers Ireland is planning to establish two new policy taskforces for 2019 and we are currently seeking nominations of members. Taskforces are as follows;
- Low Carbon Economy
Membership of these groups are open to Chamber staff, board members or chamber members (so long as they are nominated by their associated chamber).
Should you be interested in making a nomination, to send the details of your nominee (as outlined below) to Emma.Kerins @ chambers.ie before Wednesday 20 February.
- Job Title/Company
Chamber Governance Training 2019
Chambers Ireland would like to invite you to attend a free one-day training workshop on Chamber Governance at the Red Cow Moran Hotel on 28th March 2019 from 10.30am to 3.30pm
The training will be delivered by Governance Ireland and will cover the following:
- Key roles
- Directors’ Duties
- Performance Oversight
- Risk Oversight
- Legal and Regulatory Compliance
- Succession Planning & Board Development
This workshop is ideally suited to Chamber Board Members wishing to refresh or update their knowledge of good governance and Chamber Executives who wish to gain a better understanding of the principles and practice of good governance in their Chamber.
Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board – Nomination of Candidates
Chambers Ireland has been invited to select at least two persons as candidates for appointment by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine as members of the Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board. We now request potential candidates and a maximum of 2 from any Chamber.
Please see the attached correspondence from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine regarding the nomination of candidates for appointment.
Chambers Ireland does not wish to find itself in the position of having to select between different candidates from the same Chamber. Therefore, if a Chamber proposes 2 candidates the nominations committee reserves the right to request the individual Chamber to decide which candidate they support as their number one nomination should the sub-committee not be able to nominate both. The process for selection will be that the Nominations Sub-Committee of the board of Chambers Ireland will review applications received for suitability, may need to shortlist candidates and may conduct an interview process.
Please enclose the following requirements with any nominations:
- Nominee’s Curriculum Vitae
- Nominee’s consent to be nominated by Chambers Ireland
- Email/letter to Chambers Ireland detailing why the candidate, in the opinion of your Chamber, would be suitable for appointment
Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment – Call for Input for the Draft National Energy and Climate Plan
Ireland’s final version of its National Energy & Climate Plan (NECP) 2021-2030 is to be submitted to the European Commission by 31/12/2019.
The Department has a consultation open for the final version of the NECP until 22 February 2019.
For further info on the consultation, click here.
CSR SMEs Case Studies
We have been asked by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation’s CSR National Stakeholder Forum if we know SMEs who would have corporate social responsibility programmes or some element of CSR in their business.
The Stakeholder Forum would like to use these CSR elements as case studies for the forum. If you have a member who would be interested, then please contact and he will follow up with further information.
Save the Date! Enterprise Ireland – Eurozone Summit
Join Irish business leaders and professionals at the Eurozone Summit, where you can participate in discussions on how Ireland can take advantage of the trade opportunities that the single, shared currency market was designed to create.
The summit will take place Thursday, 21st February 2019 at the National Convention Centre, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 from 8.30am to 2.00pm – click here to register.
Save the Date! Irish Revenue Office – Customs Brexit Info Seminar – Wednesday 20 February 2019 Dublin Castle
The Irish Revenue Office will be holding the next Customs Brexit Information Seminar on the 20th February 2019 in Dublin Castle. This seminar is targeted at the large economic operators and logistic companies / freight forwarders.
Registration can be completed via this link: https://www.revenue.ie/en/customs-traders-and-agents/brexit/brexit-seminars/index.aspx
*UPDATED* Brexit and Certs of Origin- Chamber Update
No Deal Scenario
- We recently received an update from colleagues in the UK regarding a meeting held with HMRC on Wednesday. We are informed that at present UK HMRC do not require Certs of Origin for goods arriving in the UK coming from third countries and are therefore not likely to require Irish goods arriving in the UK post Brexit/no-deal to be accompanied by a Cert of Origin.
- We are informed also that in the event of a no-deal, client companies in the UK may request a Cert depending on their individual needs (re-exporting etc). This applies vice versa. Irish companies whose supply chain contains UK components may also need to apply for a Certs – this will depend on the needs of and requirements in the country of destination. In addition, companies using a Documentary Letter of Credit to finance shipments may be requested by the relevant bank to obtain a Certificate of Origin too. Should your members have questions about whether or not they will need a Cert of Origin, we advise that they examine their supply chain, check the requirements of destination third countries and also speak to their client/importer as to their own requirements.
Withdrawal Agreement Scenario
- The status quo will continue as normal for the duration of the transition agreement
Future Trade Deal
- In the event of a trade agreement between the UK and EU in the future, preferential movement certificates will likely be required but in Ireland, these documents are issued by Revenue, not Chambers.
- I hope this update provides some clarity to both you and your members in the short-term. We’d also like to remind you that we’re frequently updating our website with all the latest news and resources- http://www.chambers.ie/policy/the-brexit-result-information-for-chambers/
Please note that we have updated the Resources page of the Brexit Section on our website to include a Q&A notice from the European Commission regarding Industrial Products in a ‘no-deal’ scenario and we have also developed a Brexit Events page in the Brexit Section, listing forthcoming events related to preparation and information on Brexit.
Brazilian Embassy in Ireland – Opportunities to work with the Embassy for Future Events
The Brazilian Embassy to Ireland and its Consular section plays a dynamic role in engaging with and facilitating Irish businesses hoping to do business in Brazil and to provide support for events and promotional activities, with the Brazilian Ambassador to Ireland due to visit Galway in the first week of March to meet with Galway’s local government and business representatives.
In the 2019 ‘Doing Business’ report from The World Bank, Brazil was recorded as continuing to show notable strides across different areas important for the establishment and growth of businesses in a country, including construction permits, access to credit, cross-border trade and more.
If you would like to do business with Brazil, you may find the recently launched Brazilian Calendar of Exhibitions and Fairs a valuable tool. It promotes a variety of industry events and showcases the diversity and characteristics of the products and services marketed in Brazil. The Brazilian Calendar of Exhibitions and Fairs 2019 can be accessed by clicking this link:
Save the Date! Brazilian Embassy in Ireland – Agribusiness Investor Road Show – 11-12 March 2019
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply of Brazil – MAPA will hold the third edition of the Agribusiness Investor Road Show – Expodireto/Cotrijal, between 11th & 12th March 2019.
This is the perfect chance for potential investors and investment funds to meet, discuss about investment plans and opportunities and making deals with Brazilian agribusiness companies.
This event will be held as part of 20th Expodireto Cotrijal International Agribusiness Fair which takes place in the city of Não-Me-Toque, Rio Grande do Sul, south of Brazil.
Save the Date! Citizen’s Dialogue on “Brexit & Europe – Where Are We Headed?” – 21 February 2019
The European Commission Representation in Ireland, in co-operation with European Movement Ireland, invites you to a Citizens’ Dialogue on “Brexit & Europe – Where Are We Headed?”, featuring speakers Gerry Kiely, the Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland and Dr Mary C. Murphy, University College Cork, Lecturer in Politics.
The event will take place at The Creative Zone, Boole Library, University College Cork, from 12pm to 2pm on Thursday 21 February 2019.
The event is free to attend but registration in advance is essential. To register, click here.
Save the Date! 11th World Chambers Congress – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 12-14 June
Registration is now open for the 11th World Chambers Congress, the largest international gathering for chambers of commerce and their business members, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 12-14 June 2019.
Comprising an influential thought-leadership conference and a world-class competition to showcase chamber innovation, the global forum provides an unrivalled opportunity to share best-practices, exchange real-word ideas.
To register and for further information, click here.
All upcoming Chamber events can be viewed on the Chamber Ireland website at: http://www.chambers.ie/events/events/
Upcoming events include:
- 19 February 2019 – Wexford Chamber: Breakfast Briefing with Daly & Associates
- 21 February 2019 – Ballina Chamber: Annual General Meeting of the Ballina Chamber of Commerce
- 26 February 2019 – Galway Chamber: Breakfast Briefing – Creating and protecting value in third-party relationships with Deloitte
- 27 February 2019 – Cork Chamber: Communication to boost International Business Relationships
- 28 February 2019 – Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber: The Well by the Sea at Cliff House Hotel Chamber Afterhours – to RSVP please email
- 6 March 2019 – Shannon Chamber: The SME & Multinational Company Procurement Process: A Guide for Prospective Suppliers
- 7 March 2019 – Cork Chamber: March Business Breakfast with Niall MacCarthy, Cork Airport
- 7 March 2019 – Dundalk Chamber: Cyber Security Breakfast
- 8 March 2019 – Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber: International Women’ Day Breakfast with Eunice in Powersfield House – to RSVP please email
- 12 March 2019 – Cork Chamber: Networking at Noon at Glandore’s New Office Space
- 13 March 2019 – Cork Chamber: Build the Right International Market Partnerships
- 22 March 2019 – Shannon Chamber: Shannon Chamber Lunch – Keynote Address by Caroline Currid, Performance Psychologist
- 23 March 2019 – Mullingar Chamber: Midlands Career Expo
- 27 March 2019 – Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber: Quick Casual Catch-Up Coffee at McDonald’s – to RSVP please email