PRESS RELEASE | MARCH 2012Liam Casey appointed by Irish Government for Jobs Group
PCH International Founder and CEO Liam Casey has been appointed by the Irish Government as one of six leading business people to join the Action Plan for Jobs Implementation and Monitoring Group, which will help to implement seven “disruptive reforms” planned for 2013.
“I am delighted to be involved in this important initiative – anything “disruptive” appeals to me!”
Liam Casey, Founder and CEO, PCH
The aim of the group is to assist in making Ireland more attractive and competitive for jobs and investment. The Group will help implement seven “Disruptive Reforms” to create more jobs in Ireland.
“We are at a critical time in global commerce where geography is history. We need to identify and go after global opportunities. Irish businesses are world leaders in many fields. Over the past 30 years we have developed great skills in many areas, in particular in technology and pharmaceuticals – we need to continue this.
We should attract more foreign companies into Ireland and we need to encourage Irish entrepreneurs to build more companies like Kerry Group, CRH, Glen Dimplex, Kentz, Dairymaster, Digicel, Ryanair, Smurfit Kappa etc. There are opportunities in food production, agriculture, ICT and energy efficiency.
Through the Disruptive Reforms, government and business people can work together to nurture these skills and ensure that Irish people and Irish companies continue to make a huge impact around the world and create jobs in Ireland.”
The Seven Disruptive Reforms include:
1. JobsPlus – over two years the State will pay €1 of every €4 it costs an employer to recruit a long-term unemployed person off the Live Register
2. ICT Skills – provide an additional 2,000 ICT graduate level professionals in 2013, and by 2018 lead Europe in terms of ICT graduates as a percentage of all third level graduates
3. Energy Efficiency – the Government will create a €70 million Energy Efficiency Fund to support 20 major projects in 2013 and ultimately create 5,000 jobs
4. Trading Online – get 2,000 more small businesses trading online in 2013 and 2014, with the creation of 3,200 jobs
5. Business Licences – create a single licensing application system for up to 25 licences in the retail sector, saving retailers over €20 million per annum
6. Big Data – make Ireland one of the leading countries in Europe for Big Data, a sector growing by up to 40% per annum
7. Health Innovation Hub – Government will establish a world-renowned centre to establish Ireland as a leading location for start-up and growing medtech and healthcare companies.
More information can be found about the initiative here.