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Colombians keen to learn lessons from Northern Ireland

By Saff Reporter

Published 04/11/2016

From left, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Invest NI chief executive Alastair Hamilton, First Minister Arlene Foster and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos
From left, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Invest NI chief executive Alastair Hamilton, First Minister Arlene Foster and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has been told of Northern Ireland's efforts to promote itself as an inward investment location as part of his visit to the province.

The Nobel peace prize winner was honoured at a lunch at Titanic Belfast, hosted by the First and Deputy First Ministers and Invest NI.

Writing in the Belfast Telegraph yesterday, Felipe Jaramillo of economic agency ProColombia said his group would look to Northern Ireland to learn how to deliver security and prosperity following conflict.

President Santos was awarded the Nobel peace prize last month for securing a peace accord with the Farc rebels in his home country, though the peace deal was later voted down in a referendum.

Mr Jaramillo said foreign investment would now be the most important engine for development for all Colombians.

Belfast Telegraph

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