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Robinson and McGuinness on business visit to New York

Stormont Executive press release - Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister

The First Minister Rt Hon Peter D Robinson MLA and the deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA are visiting New York for a range of engagements and business meetings this week.

During their five-day visit, from 9 September to 13 September, the Ministers will undertake a series of meetings and engagements in advance of the October Investment Conference in Belfast.

The Ministers will meet existing and potential investors as well as the Chair of the Panel of Parties in the NI Executive, Dr Richard Haass, Mayor Bloomberg and the outgoing Chair of the American Ireland Fund, Loretta Brennan Glucksman. Following a visit to the regeneration project at the Brooklyn Navy Yard the Ministers will address a business audience at the sixteenth Annual Irish America Wall Street 50 Awards ceremony.

The First Minister said: “We will take every opportunity, in New York, to promote Northern Ireland as an excellent location for new investors, before the Investment Conference next month. The purpose of the conference is to showcase Northern Ireland and explore the world-class opportunities that we offer. It will be a superb platform for making an international pitch and our message will be loud and clear – Northern Ireland is a great place in which to invest and to grow your business.

“I also welcome the opportunity to meet with Dr Richard Haass whilst in New York before the start of next week’s meetings with Executive Parties to bring forward a set of recommendations to deal with some of the most divisive issues in society in Northern Ireland.

The deputy First Minister said: “It is important we visit the United States of America in advance of the Investment Conference in October and ahead of the Executive Party Group meeting with Richard Haass next week.

“The USA has played, and continues to play, a key role in the achievement of peace and economic development in the north of Ireland. We have enjoyed a unique relationship which, in a world characterised by change, is something we value highly.”

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