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Thursday, 18th July, 2019 10:28am

A delegation from New Jersey was in Cork recently in an effort to build relationships and increase ties between the two economies.

The delegation was led by Jose Lozano, President and CEO of Choose New Jersey, and Tim Sullivan, President and CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

Hosted by Cork Chamber, the round-table discussion saw key representatives from Choose New Jersey, New Jersey Economic Development Authority, Cork Chamber, Cork City Council and stakeholders from the wider Cork region discuss how to increase economic ties between the state of New Jersey and Ireland.

The Choose New Jersey delegation included almost 20 representatives of New Jersey’s leading businesses, universities and non-profit organisations.

The Cork Chamber, which is the leading business organisation in Cork, has expressed its commitment to growing the presence of its members in North America.

The Chamber highlighted similarities between Cork and New Jersey’s advancing innovative economies and similar key industries such as life sciences, medical devices, Financial Technology and food.

“We are delighted to welcome the New Jersey delegation to Cork,” said Paula Cogan, President of Cork Chamber.

She added: “Our Chamber has a strong annual programme of international activities, which includes supporting our members to make connections in new markets and helping them expand their international networks.

“The synergies with New Jersey in terms of our strengths in similar sectors provide an opportunity for collaboration and potential joint initiatives and we look forward to working together in the future.”

The New Jersey Delegation also announced a formal collaboration between UCC, Rutgers University and their Food Science Programs.

The collaboration will focus on the universities’ scientific research, education, technology commercialisation, international business attraction, public-private partnerships, mentoring and business incubation, in an attempt to further the development of AgriFood industries in both Ireland and New Jersey.

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