Chambers Ireland launched A Vision for 2021 – A Manifesto for Ireland’s Future from the Irish Chamber Network. Vision 2021 sets out long term strategic goals for investment and economic development to make Ireland a more attractive place to live and work by 2021.
Speaking at the launch of the Manifesto, Ian Talbot, Chief Executive Chambers Ireland said, “Ireland has come through one of the most difficult periods of its history. In just a few short years we have emerged from an international bailout programme to become one of the strongest performing economies in Europe. We cannot overstate how crucial this General Election will be for Ireland’s development. It is a pivotal moment in Ireland’s history and will determine how our economy and society evolves in the future.
“Our economic recovery has been as remarkable as it is precarious. Much of our growth has been as a result of factors completely outside our control or influence; historically low oil prices, high levels of demand for our exports and currency movements that went in our favour. These can turn against us very rapidly, and our economy needs to be prepared for it. The next Government, whatever its complexion, must be resolute in their commitment to secure and sustain our economic future. We must focus on the development of capacity to grow, including a comprehensive capital investment strategy drawn up in line with the National Planning Framework, while at the same time continuing to manage current expenditure carefully within an ongoing program of reform and evolution.
“We believe it is incumbent on candidates to consider the long term sustainability of our economy when developing their economic positions in advance of the election. Our manifesto sets out what we believe to be the strategic priorities needed to deliver our vision for a thriving Irish economy and society in 2021. These priorities are set out within five categories which range from issues relevant to small business owners to issues important to international trade, all with a long term view on how to achieve our Vision for 2021. The five categories: Supporting Irish Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Supporting our People, Planning for Growth, Investing for our Future and Ireland in the Global Economy, outline the necessary steps to bring the Irish economy to a mature phase of growth and stability.”