For the fourth annual Irish Logistics Networking Luncheon, the event returned to Dublin having being held in Newcastle, County Down last year. On behalf of the organisers, the All-Ireland Warehousing Association (which is affiliated to the United Kingdom Warehousing Association) Roger Williams, CEO welcomed the attendees and introduced the Guest of Honour, Ms. Lucinda Creighton, Minister for EU Affairs. Mr. Williams, who is also the Secretary General of the International Federation of Warehousing Logistics Association (IFWLA) highlighted that the latter organisation comprises of 20 countries, including 6 of the G8 and that it is an important global networking structure for logistics companies. “We hope that the AIWA will be in a position to join us,” he said. Why? “Because on a macro level the FWLA’s objectives are the same as AIWAs. It is there to facilitate dialogue between logistics operators; to exchange views; to develop best practice; and most importantly to generate business.”
“But after the various figures have be digested, and the latest measures absorbed and the latest forecasts noted (in a hopeful way), all of us here today know that out collective economy will improve, (and I am talking here about the European economy as a whole) – through successful businesses.
“Of course the Government has to play its part, by unshackling you from needless bureaucracy, by encouraging you to be more innovative and more collaborative; by finding ways of investing in future infrastructure; and by helping you to develop the skills of your workforce, but you are the people who are going to do it in the end. You are the ones, who have the power to increase GDP through successful business, no one else has.
“That is why events like this are so important, so I hope you will make the most of today by developing new contacts, exchanging ideas and by seeking ways of doing things smarter,” he added.
Roger then introduced Minister Creighton. “It is my pleasure to introduce our principal guest, the Minister for State with special responsibility for European Affairs. Lucinda Creighton, T.D., was elected to the Dail in 2007, and appointed spokesperson on European Affairs very soon afterwards. In March 2011 she was promoted to Minister for State. She came to office well versed in European Affairs, which Europe appears to be recurring them through out her impressive CV. She will certainly be well equipped to advise on how to steer the Irish ship through European waters when the time comes again for Ireland to take the European Presidency during 2013. We are delighted you have found time in your busy schedule to share some thoughts with us today.”
(Excerpts from Minister Creighton’s addresses are posted on this AIWA website
1. Roger Williams, CEO UKWA/AIWA welcoming the attendees to the 4th Annual Irish Logistics Networking Lunch at the Carlton Hotel, Dublin Airport, held in an association with the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport and Fleet Transport magazine.
2. Lucinda Creighton T.D., Minister for State for European Affairs in addressing the audience called for a ‘Yes’ vote in the forthcoming EU Fiscal Treaty Referendum.
3. Ronan Kelly, Close Asset Finance was the winner of the one night bed and breakfast stay at the Carlton Hotel.
5. Saffron Stoney, Proteus Software Ltd won the two bottles of wine in the prize draw sponsored by Fleet Transport. Both prizes were presented by Deirdre Sinnott from the Health & Safety Authority accompanied by Roger Williams.
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