Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

First Ministers head to United States in bid to drum up trade

Peter Robinson
Peter Robinson

The First and Deputy First Minster are flying off to the US later this week to try and drum up some business for Northern Ireland.

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness said they're meeting a number of 'senior business executives' to try and persuade them to set up offices or factories here, so-called inward investment.

The visit follows David Cameron taking part in a trade mission to India this week, in what has been described as one of the biggest trade missions ever undertaken by a UK Prime Minister.

"During this USA visit we will be having key meetings with influential figures and we intend using every opportunity to promote the benefits of economic investment in Northern Ireland and deliver the message that Northern Ireland is a prime location in which to invest," Mr Robinson said.

"Our growing reputation in global markets for quality products and services, combined with a skilled talent pool, has enabled us to attract internationally renowned names and we are determined to build upon that reputation."

The First Minister said Northern Ireland's workforce is one of our best selling points when it comes to attracting investors.

"Our biggest asset is our people. We have a skilled workforce with strong links between businesses and third level education," he said.

"Our universities have the impressive ability to tailor courses to meet industry requirements and match the needs of foreign direct investors. This is a key factor when overseas companies consider setting up their operations here."