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Ambassador Yue meets NTMA Chief Executive Mr. O'Kelly

(From Chinese Embassy in Ireland)

2017/11/04

On Thursday, 2nd November 2017, H.E. Dr. Yue Xiaoyong, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, met with Mr. Conor O'Kelly, Chief Executive of National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA). They had a discussion about China-Ireland relations as well as the economic trends in both countries.

The Ambassador took the opportunity to brief Mr. O'Kelly and his NTMA colleagues about the recently-concluded 19th CPC National Congress, sharing his perspectives on the key points of General Secretary Xi Jinping's report to the Congress.

Welcoming China's continued robust development and its staunch support for further liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment, Mr. O'Kelly said he shared Ambassador Yue's confidence in the future of Ireland's relations with China. He also highlighted the fact that all major credit rating agencies have Ireland firmly in "A" grade, with its debt ratio dropping to around 70%, stressing that the Irish economy is on the right track toward long-term prosperity.

Also present at the meeting were Mr. Pan Xiongwen, Chief of Political and Press Section, Ms. Xiao Qi, Second Secretary of Economic and Commercial Section of the Embassy, Mr. Frank O'Conor, Director of Funding and Debt Management of NTMA, Mr Eugene O'Callaghan, Director of Irish Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), Mr. Rossa White, NTMA's Chief Economist, and Mr. James Brennan, Head of NTMA's Venture Fund Investment.

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