World Trade Centre Launches in Ireland

By The Drew Company, PRNE
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New organisation to facilitate International business relations

DUBLIN, November 24, 2010 - The World Trade Center Association (WTCA), a global organisation that
brings together businesses and government agencies involved in foreign trade,
has announced that it is to open an Irish centre. The World Trade Centre
Dublin (WTCD) is a global trading platform that will provide business and
trade organisations across Ireland with a new gateway to international trade
opportunities, collaboration and education. It will also serve as a resource
for companies around the world seeking trade opportunities in Ireland.

Commenting on the launch, David Pierce, Director of WTCD, said: "In the
current economic climate every business needs to examine all its options and
seek new business opportunities. Through our network of world trade centres,
we will be in a position to offer networking and trading opportunities with
over one million companies throughout the world. In order to ensure that
companies and individuals are prepared for this global platform, we will
support them through developing education programmes and by providing access
to our professional trade services team. This is a unique opportunity for
Irish businesses and we are delighted to be in a position to launch WTC in

Speaking at the launch, Mr Simon Coveney TD, said: "This is an exciting
new initiative for businesses particularly in the export sector. Any new
initiative that opens gateways for Irish business should be strongly
supported. Ireland is a small open economy that relies on contacts and
business connections to expand and grow its economy. The launch of WTCD is a
positive development and a good news story which is much needed in the
current climate."

A breakfast briefing was held by WTCD where it provided details of its
first Irish venture - a joint professional education initiative with
Independent Colleges. This initiative will offer a curriculum of Professional
Diploma Courses, specifically designed to enhance the international trade
competency of individuals and businesses in Ireland.

Commenting on the education initiative, Garret Doyle, Chief Executive of
Independent Colleges, said: "These challenging times are compelling Irish
businesses to learn about new markets and different ways of trading. This
trend has allowed Independent Colleges and World Trade Centre Dublin an
opportunity to partner for a common cause - Incisive international trade
education programmes for Irish business presented by experienced global
business practitioners. Independent College Dublin will be providing
programmes that are truly relevant to a changed domestic business landscape
and our courses are unique to the Irish market in content, delivery and
practical learning outcome."

A World Trade Centre is a forum for businesses, services, organisations
and individuals that are involved in world trade. It aims to facilitate
international trade to offer exporters, importers and service providers a
resource and commerce base. Through its representative association, the World
Trade Centre Association (WTCA), members of WTCD will have immediate access
to over one million companies. WTCD complements and supports the existing
services of private and government agencies.

WTCD was established as an endeavour of the Drew Company and John E.
, founder and President of the Drew Company, and Chairman of WTCD. Mr.
Drew is Vice Chairman of the WTCA, Chairman of the Seaport World Trade Centre
in Boston, and Chairman of Trade Centre Management Associates, which manages
the Ronald Reagan Building and the International Trade Centre in Washington
Mr. Drew has gained national and international recognition for
innovation, excellence and civic leadership, and is a recognised authority on
public-private partnerships and development.

Independent Colleges

Independent Colleges is a goal focused, career orientated college,
supported by Independent News & Media PLC. The objective of the College is to
develop successful and prestigious third level, lifelong and further
education learning programmes which are reverent in today's challenging
workplace and real currency for graduates seeking employment. By focusing on
specific disciplines - business, law, accountancy, journalism, psychotherapy,
and arts, Independent Colleges has created a centre of real educational focus
within an intimate learning environment.

Rie Sugihara of The Drew Company, +1-617-385-5055, or James Dunny, +086-388-3903, for The Drew Company

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