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Czech - Irish Medical Technologies Conference 2020

On 20th October 2020, the Czech Embassy of the Czech Republic in Dublin together with the Association of manufacturers and suppliers of medical equipment organised an online project of economic diplomacy titled “Czech - Irish Medical Technologies Conference 2020”. The conference was attended by representatives of 8 major Czech healthcare companies and over 20 attendees from the Irish private and public healthcare sector (HSE).

The conference was opened by an introductory speech by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Martin Tlapa. He emphasized that: "Most countries will soon invest heavily in the health sector. Therefore, it is necessary to increase the level of services and modernize the infrastructure of this area. I believe that this conference is a good opportunity for us to think about these topics together. We are trying to connect Czech small and medium-sized companies so that they are able to offer a wide range of solutions for our foreign partners. The Czech Republic and Ireland can work very well together in this area."

In his speech, Ambassador Petr Kynštetr underlined the importance of this conference on medical technologies in view of the complex epidemiological situation around the world. He also highlighted the success of Czech research and its contribution to healthcare. He introduced the participating Czech companies and their area of operation. He expressed hope for mutually beneficial cooperation between the Czech Republic and Ireland and assured the readiness of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Dublin to assist in this cooperation.

On behalf of the Czech side, the conference was attended by Petr Foit (Association of Suppliers of Medical Devices), Adéla Vágnerová (Linet), Jan Horák (SMT), Alexandr Jernek (MZ Liberec), Tomáš Svoboda (Advanced Medical Solutions), Jan Patloka (GATEMA Medical), Zdeňka Morales Křehlíková (VUP Medical) a Aneta Šebáková (EGO Zlín).

The keynote speaker on the Irish side was  HSE Procurement Director, Sean Bresnan. According to the responses of the Irish partners, the conference fulfilled its intention and evoked interest in deepening contacts with Czech entities. For this reason, the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Dublin plans to build on this project for next year.