Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

PM David Cameron visit to honour economic pledge

David Cameron holds a press conference at the end of this year's G8 Summit on Lough Erne in Northern Ireland
David Cameron holds a press conference at the end of this year's G8 Summit on Lough Erne in Northern Ireland

The Prime Minister David Cameron is to attend a major investment conference aimed at boosting Northern Ireland's economy in October, it has been revealed.

The two-day gathering in Belfast will promote jobs and growth, Stormont's Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) said.

It follows the peaceful G8 summit in Co Fermanagh and pledges from David Cameron to bolster the local economy.

The meeting will showcase the region to business leaders considering establishing operations and focus on the opportunities for investment and the potential and strength of key export sectors.

First Minister Peter Robinson said: "That the Prime Minister has committed to attend the conference and work through the various embassies to ensure that the highest and most appropriate business delegations attend is a tremendous endorsement of the positive experience of hosting the G8 summit.

"We are also delighted that President Obama, and all of the other leaders we discussed it with, have agreed to lend their support to this initiative."

Northern Ireland has a GDP around a fifth less than the rest of the UK. The conference will be at the Titanic Belfast visitor centre on October 10-11.

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