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Empey set to meet Microsoft founder

A meeting with Bill Gates will be on the schedule as the Employment Minister visits New York, it has emerged.

The billionaire Microsoft founder will welcome Sir Reg Empey this week as the minister embarks on a US trip highlighting the local workforce.

Sir Reg said: "Over the recent past, Northern Ireland colleges, universities, businesses and government departments have worked tirelessly to build a cutting edge workforce.

"Our message for the major US investors remains that Northern Ireland is open for business. We have a world-class pool of talented people who are ready, willing and able to take on the challenges that future investment will bring."

Sir Reg will begin his week-long visit as a guest at the Irish America Magazine "Wall Street 50 - 2010" event.

It honours the top 50 Irish Americans in the financial services industry each year and past speakers have included Senator John McCain, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Taoiseach Brian Cowen.

The minister will then join world leaders at the Clinton Global Initiative sixth annual meeting. It brings together heads of state, government, business leaders, scholars and pressure group directors.

Participants analyse pressing global challenges, discuss the most effective solutions and build lasting partnerships that enable them to create positive social change.

Sir Reg will then have the opportunity to meet Mr Gates at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

He will meet New York Speaker Christine Quinn and the American Ireland Fund on Friday.

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