Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has urged business leaders from across the UK and Ireland to support efforts to make the North West region a major economic success.
Mr McGuinness last night addressed business leaders at the North West Regional Joint Business Council dinner reception at the City Hotel in Derry, staged by the Irish Business and Employers Federation, and the Confederation of British Industry.
The event followed an earlier engagement with the Institute of Directors attended by Mr McGuinness and First Minister Peter Robinson at Stormont.
Speaking at the Derry event, Mr McGuinness outlined the work currently being undertaken in the North West, which he said was aimed at reaping economic, environmental, tourism and health and social benefits for people across the region.
He said that such initiatives were designed to improve the quality of life for local people.
Mr McGuinness added: “With the current global financial problems and rising commodity prices, it is more important than ever that we deliver on the commitments laid down in our Programme for Government.
“We, as political leaders, need to minimise the negative impact to businesses in this current financial climate. Whilst our overarching aim is to grow a dynamic and innovative economy, we also need to invest in our infrastructure, protect and enhance the environment, deliver high quality and efficient services, as well as promoting tolerance, inclusion, health and well-being.”