A celebration of immigrant enterprises

by Gazette Reporter
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THE Irish Fujian Business Association (IFBA) – an organisation providing a hub for people from the Fujian province in China who are operating businesses in Ireland – celebrated their 10-year anniversary with a magnificent gala dinner and cultural display in the Clontarf Castle Hotel.
More than 300 delegates attended the event, including Dr Yue Xiaoyong, the current Chinese ambassador to Ireland; Xiaojie Wen, vicepresident, Fujian Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese; Brenden Foster, president, Dublin Chamber of Commerce, along as speaker on the night, former Fianna Fail TD Conor Lenihan.
Highlighting the growing economy in Ireland, digital marketing was the central topic of the evening, highlighting this as a key characteristic of companies surviving in the business sector.
The incoming president of the IFBA, Simon Lam, said: “The IFBA is integral to both Irish and Chinese companies prospering, growing, and finding new and exciting business opportunities in respective countries.
“This event celebrates the strong links between Ireland and China, not only in business, but also in the strong cultural diversity and community we share.”
The gala dinner, which also hosted the fourth council inauguration ceremony with the introduction of the new IFBA committee, featured performances from Chinese and Irish culture such as harpists, Irish dancing and a Chinese dragon dance.
The IFBA is fully recognised by the Chinese Embassy in Ireland and, to date, has hosted and coordinated more than 10 investment opportunity events between China and Ireland.

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