On June 26th, Irish Ambassador Anne Anderson visited the Alaska World Affairs Council in Anchorage. Anderson hosted a presentation titled, “Ireland, the US, and EU: A 21st Century Perspective.” KRUA news reporter Anna Lande was able to discuss the economic relationship between Ireland, the United States, and the European Union in a private interview.
The United States spends approximately $188 billion per year directly investing in Ireland. The United States accounted for 74% of Ireland’s annual inward investment.
When asked, “why does the US invest in Ireland,” Anderson stated, “We [Ireland] work very carefully to put an attractive package to US companies…we are a very attractive place for the US to set up their European headquarters.”
Anderson is the first female Irish Ambassador to hold the titles: Ambassador to the United States, European Union, United Nations, and France. In Anderson’s term to the United States she is advocating for mutual trade, investment, and tourism between the United States and Ireland.
Click the link down below to hear her thoughts on economic development, the Schengen area of the EU, and how she wants to cooperate with industries and communities in Alaska.