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Asia Matters Private Briefing with Eamonn McKee, Director Trade Policy, Department of Foreign Affairs

Eamonn McKee briefed Asia Matters Corporate Members and Key Invited Stakeholders on The Importance of Asia in Irish Trade Policy

The Briefing covered:

The Scale of Opportunity: The importance of Asian Markets for driving national economic growth in Ireland

Strategic Support:  The critical role of Irish government in opening up Asia Markets for Irish Companies

Business Models: An illustration of how Irish companies can succeed in Asia  and Asian companies present in Ireland

Eamonn McKee is a native of Dublin and was educated at University College Dublin, earning a Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland on modern Irish economic history. He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1986, assigned to Anglo-Irish Division.  He served as political officer in the Embassy Washington between 1990 and 1996.  While in Washington he met and married his wife Mary McGillis-McKee.  Two of their three children were born there. On return to Anglo-Irish Division, he worked on a range of justice and security issues, including Bloody Sunday, confidence in the administration of justice, policing and parades.  He was a member of the talks team involved in the negotiation of the Good Friday Agreement. Between 1999 and 2001 he served as Press Officer assigned to the Consulate General New York.  He returned to work in Anglo-Irish Division as director of the Justice and Security Division, working on the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.  In 2005 he joined Development Cooperation Division as Director of Emergency Assistance under the Irish Aid programme.  In 2006 he was appointed UN Director and was assigned to establish the Conflict Resolution Unit which he headed as Director from 2007 to 2009. He served as Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2009 to 2013 and Israel from 2013 to 2015 before returning to headquarters as Director General Trade Division.  

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