Big Pharma, baby food and Brexit: What is driving a 50% jump in trade with France?
As trade routes between Ireland and the continent are redrawn to avoid Britain, France has never felt closer – and its modernising economy is attracting a growing volume of business to and from this island. Thomas Hubert reports from Paris.
Brexit was the trigger and Covid the enabler. Now, Kwayga is plotting a funding round and global growth
Since launching in 2021, Kwayga's subscription service that matches buyers and sellers in the food sector has listed 50,000 suppliers on its platform and reached 50 countries. Co-founder Mike McGrath talks about the business model, supply chain disruption and the future.
At the source of the Northern Ireland Protocol: an Irish reading of Barnier’s “secret Brexit diary”
The UK and the EU remain at loggerheads over how to manage trade around Northern Ireland after Brexit, yet current issues were first raised four years ago and solutions agreed in 2019. In his book, the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier explains how we came to this, but also reveals his personal outlook on Ireland, partition and why peace was his top priority.
At the coalface of a Brexit border: “We have 150 trucks stopped on the British side and this hasn’t even started yet”
The trade agreement between the EU and the UK is just days old, and supply chains are already facing disruption even as freight traffic remains low following holidays and pre-Brexit stockpiling. And this is just the start.
Whatever the Brexit deal, we’re about to start implementing it – and it’s going to be messy
Some of the experts most directly involved in building a UK external trade administration from the ground up took questions from Irish businesses on Monday, detailing the progress they have made with two months to go – and the gaping holes remaining to be filled for exporters and importers trading between Ireland and the UK.
“Trade with New Zealand is out of step with the closeness of our overall relationship”
As Ireland haggles about greenhouse gas targets, New Zealand implements new climate legislation accommodating its livestock industry – one of many common interests with Ireland. Brad Burgess, the first Kiwi ambassador to Dublin, discusses growing business links and hopes of a trade deal.
Beijing Briefing: Living through the Black Swan event of China’s coronavirus moment
Now confined to his apartment complex in Beijing, Ian Lahiffe observes the lasting impact of the Covid-19 epidemic on China's social, political and economic structures – and the ramifications for trade and investment in Ireland and elsewhere.