Ireland: Boosting local jobs and growth – international experts meet in Dublin and Kilkenny


22/03/2013 - Cutting unemployment and fostering new sources of economic growth will be the focus of an international meeting of local development experts and practitioners in Dublin and Kilkenny on the 26 and 27 March 2013.


The annual meeting of the OECD’s Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Forum on Partnerships in Local Government is being held as part of Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union. Richard Bruton, TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Yves Leterme, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD, will be opening speakers.


A series of workshops will explore how Ireland can learn from successful international and local practices as it implements its own reforms. The topics will include the role of training agencies; rural employment strategies; jobs for youth; enabling growth and investment; supporting high growth-potential firms and making shrinking communities more resilient.


Further details about the meeting can be found at:


The meeting is open to the media. Journalist enquiries should be made to Bernie Furlong at Pobal on: +353 (0)1 511 7135 or +353 (0)87 254 9148.


International journalists wishing to attend should register through the EU Presidency website at the following link: .


The OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance is a worldwide network of local development practitioners.  The Forum informs its members on local development innovations, organises capacity building seminars and study visits, releases handbooks and training materials and provides networking opportunities through international conferences and an Annual Meeting.  The Forum has 2600 members in 53 countries.  The Forum is supported by the European Commission, the Austrian Ministry of Economy and Labour and Pobal, which promotes social and economic development on behalf of the Irish government.


Further information about the OECD’s Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme is available here; or from the OECD’s Media Division, (tel: + 331 4524 9700).


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