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Leaders banking on business talks

Corporate America is to be offered another chance to hear about investment opportunities in Northern Ireland at a special business briefing before St Patrick's Day.

Declan Kelly, US economic envoy to Northern Ireland, is hosting the event in Washington DC in conjunction with the US Chamber of Commerce.

First Minister Peter Robinson, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and senior executives from American companies already working in Northern Ireland will be among the speakers.

Representatives from Northern Ireland companies that have invested in the US will also be addressing the March 16 seminar.

Envoy Kelly said: "The event provides an excellent forum to present the Northern Ireland business case to senior corporate leaders from a wide range of industries, including the key sectors for Northern Ireland.

"The event will highlight the opportunities for foreign direct investment and also for increased trade links between the United States and Northern Ireland."

The briefing, entitled Northern Ireland Economic Update - New Opportunities For Transatlantic Trade and Investment, comes after last year`s NI-US economic conference hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington.

Mr Kelly added: "Northern Ireland is one of the most attractive locations in the world for inward investment and companies have continued to invest in the region despite challenging global economic conditions.

"The Chamber of Commerce event will allow business leaders to hear first-hand from the region's political leaders, and most importantly to hear from companies that have already made the decision to invest.

"I am grateful to the US Chamber of Commerce for hosting this event. The Chamber does vital work promoting US business interests around the world and I am confident that US companies looking to expand internationally will benefit greatly from the talent, infrastructure and operating environment available in Northern Ireland."

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