The Ireland Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce (ILCC) will be holding an evening seminar on Tuesday, 21 November 2017, from 18:30 at the Hotel Parc Belair (111 Avenue du 10 Septembre, Luxembourg-Belair) on the topic of "Small, Open Economies and Preparing for Brexit - What lessons can we take from Ireland’s and Luxembourg’s track records in dealing with adversity?"

"Ireland has progressed enormously in the less than 10 years since the crash of 2008 when it had both the IMF and the European Commission setting the rules for how it should operate. Much has been achieved in terms of driving growth in the economy and jobs and in restoring financial stability which has come, amongst others, from driving down the cost of labour and achieving public sector reform by bringing costs under control. This was all done without the ability to use the traditional tool of currency devaluation. Just at a point when Ireland should be building on and celebrating these achievements, along comes a new shock in the form of Brexit. Without a doubt, this represents huge threat to Irish prosperity. Arguably, the experience of the past ten years has prepared Ireland, as a small open economy, to address the challenges presented by this discontinuity and its threat to our most important market, the UK.

In a similar manner to Ireland, Luxembourg has managed change and evolved its economy to meet the challenges of the loss of steel-making by being flexible, open and fleet of foot. Luxembourg is also threatened by the UK’s departure, both in other and similar ways to Ireland. Brexit represents a huge challenge for all of Europe both in terms of the financial impact of the loss of a major contributor and also, politically, to those countries such as Ireland and Luxembourg who see open economies as the future."

This event will discuss what has been achieved by Ireland in the past 10 years and what lessons have been learned and how these will apply to small open economies such as Luxembourg and Ireland as they seek to deal with Brexit.

The keynote speaker will be George Lee, economist, journalist, editor, radio and TV presenter and politician who is famous for uncovering major banking scandals, going against the tide in predicting the crash of the Irish banking system at the height of the Celtic Tiger and resigning while a sitting member of the Irish Parliament.

He will address the above and argue that change is the norm and that small economies like Luxembourg and Ireland are best placed to deal with it and that rather than being defensive about the attributes that allow them to be flexible, Ireland and Luxembourg should proactively develop them. He will be joined in a panel discussion by Irish and Luxembourg businessmen and economists including Tom Murphy, President Kerry Luxembourg.

The discussion will be chaired by Joseph Huggard, Chairman, The Ireland Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce.

The event will be followed by a networking cocktail.
Registration: free of charge for members; non-members €20; to register, see