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Robinson and McGuinness strengthen New York business links

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

The First Minister the Rt Hon Peter D Robinson MLA and the deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA have met with existing investors to strengthen business links in New York.

As part of their five-day visit to New York the Ministers met with existing investors, Citi and NYSE Euronext, before meeting the outgoing Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg and the American Ireland Fund Chair, Loretta Brennan Glucksman.

Speaking in New York the First Minister said: “Citi is one of a growing number of key USA companies to invest in Northern Ireland and the company plays a pivotal role in the development and success of our rapidly expanding financial services sector. Since first establishing its Centre of Excellence in Belfast in 2004, Citi has made its fifth reinvestment in Belfast, with plans to employ up to 1,500 people in Belfast’s Titantic Quarter by 2015. 

“When Mayor Bloomberg attended the US-NI Investment Conference in 2008 he helped to promote Northern Ireland as an investment location and he continues to underline that Northern Ireland is open and ready for new business investment. The outgoing Chair of the American Ireland Fund Loretta Brennan Glucksman has also been instrumental in helping us establish Northern Ireland as one of Europe’s top locations for foreign direct investment.”

The deputy First Minister said: “The NYSE Euronext has shown their commitment to the development of our digital economy by supporting the first Digital DNA conference in Belfast on 13 September. The conference is an excellent opportunity for world-leading digital companies to share skills and best practice.”

Following the meeting with Mayor Bloomberg the deputy First Minister said: “Mayor Bloomberg has been a long-term supporter of our economic development and we want to continue that good relationship long after his tenure as Mayor. 

“We have also enjoyed great support from Loretta Brennan Glucksman, the outgoing Chair of the American Ireland Fund, who has made an outstanding contribution to Ireland as a strong supporter of business, philanthropy, education and our peace process.”

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