It's required to produce an interim report within three months.
The midlands is being represented on a new independent anti-racism committee.
The group - which has been set up by Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan - is to draft an Action Plan Against Racism for Ireland over the next year.
Westmeath inter-county footballer Boidu Sayeh and Ciarán Ó Catháin, president of Athlone IT, have been appointed to the 16-person panel.
The committee is being tasked with reviewing the current evidence on racial discrimination in Ireland and looking at measures to combat it.
It's required to produce an interim report to government in no more than three months.