What we do
Ibec supports the current dialogue by the EU in relation to bilateral Free Trade Agreements with Singapore, India, Canada, Japan and the United States.
Ibec supports the successful conclusion of the WTO Doha Round which has the potential to bring substantial benefits to Irish business by boosting international trade and economic growth and ensuring that the WTO continues to play a key role in managing globalisation and economic cooperation on a political level. However, any WTO agreement must be fair and balanced in respect of what the EU is being asked to concede and what it is receiving in return. The multilateral trading system must be complemented but not replaced by Free Trade Agreements.
Large emerging economies and new markets in the EU offer substantial trade opportunities. It is vital therefore that the Government, state agencies and the EU Commission continue to work together to open up these important new markets to Irish exports.
How we develop trade policy
Trade and international relations policy is formulated through the IBEC Trade Council. The Council comprises a range of stakeholders including Ibec members, government departments and state agencies. Ibec member companies represent a range of sectors of the economy as well as organisations of varying size both large and small.