Ireland’s Competitiveness Challenge 2020

  • Release Date: 25/09/2020
Up until Covid-19, Ireland’s economy remained internationally competitive however there are several areas that the NCC notes are critical to a sustained economic recovery and to reduce the competitiveness gap between Ireland and its international competitors.

 
  • Support Ireland’s workers and leverage opportunities for upskilling,
  • Address climate action in a competitiveness context,
  • Invest strategically in Ireland’s physical infrastructure,
  • Resolve long-standing issues.
 
The NCC has outlined 20 recommendations, the most relevant to AmCham are outlined below and they all align with our advocacy priorities.
 
Skills:
  • Deliver on the proportion of workers with basic digital skills in Ireland at least in line with or above the EU average by 2025 (EU 2025 target: 70%).
  • Intensify efforts to boost high-level ICT graduate output from the education and training system
  • Address the demand for skills arising from the COVID-19 pandemic
 
Climate change:
  • Undertake research with close engagement with businesses and key stakeholders, to identify a range of CO2 abatement opportunities and technologies, by company size and sector, that would enable businesses to decarbonise in line with Ireland’s national target
 
Infrastructure:
  • Challenge regions and cities to learn from best practice across the country on ways to maximise efficiency in order to improve the business environment for local enterprises
  • Prioritise the roll-out of better and greener transport links so that traffic gridlock is avoided when the economic recovery gathers pace and more people return to work.
 
Housing:
  • Establish the proposed Commission on Housing without delay and ensure it has sufficient resources to deliver on its work
  • Prioritise the implementation of the proposed actions designed to make housing and renting more affordable as outlined in the Programme for Government
 
Remote working:
  • Mapping exercise of the types and capacity of remote working facilities currently available in order to identify where gaps exist to meet local and regional business needs. Create a website to inform individuals and enterprises of the facilities available.
 
Childcare:
 
  • Make childcare costs more affordable by adopting the recommendations from the Expert Group