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Asia Matters Private Briefing with Lorraine Benson, Director Trade Policy, DJEI

Lorraine Benson briefed Asia Matters Corporate Members and Key Invited Stakeholders on Ireland’s Trade Policy with Asia, Market Access & the EU Context

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation is a Corporate Member of Asia Matters.

Focus of Briefing:

Role of Irish Government : Outline of how the Irish government works with the EU on Asia trade policy 

Ensuring Market Access : Overcoming regulatory and legal obstacles for Irish companies

EU Asia FTAs :  Update on EU - Asia Free Trade Agreements and the tangible benefits to Irish companies trading in Asia

The briefing was followed by a Q and A where topics of peer discussion included the practical implications of business structures in market, WFOE in China, JV and representative offices.

Following the briefing The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation requested that Asia Matters engage with our members and corporate network on the EU MES China public consultation. Details below:

The Commission is carrying out an Impact Assessment to examine the possible effects of changing the methodology for calculating dumping in cases concerning China on the EU industry and employment. 

In the framework of this Impact Assessment, the Commission launched, on 10 February 2016, an online public consultation, available until the 20 April. 
The objective of the consultation is to ensure that all relevant stakeholders have an opportunity to comment on the economic and social impacts of the options under consideration. 

Companies may wish to engage in this public consultation, link attached here:  http://trade.ec.europa.eu/consultations/index.cfm?consul_id=191

Lorraine Benson
Lorraine is a career civil servant and is Head of Trade Policy in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.  Her responsibilities include bilateral trade, export licensing, EU and multilateral trade.  She is Ireland’s representative on the Trade Policy Committee of the European Commission. From 2010-2014, Lorraine was Ireland’s Trade Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU in Brussels. Lorraine holds a Ph.D from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy and an M Sc. from University College Dublin, Ireland.

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