Belfast Telegraph

G8 leaders supporting investment conference

David Elliott

Jobs and growth in Northern Ireland will be the main themes of an investment conference to be held here in October.

The First and Deputy First Minister have confirmed that the event will be attended by the Prime Minister and is aimed at showing off the region to potential inward investors and attempting to build up the export sector.

The conference was previously announced in David Cameron's economic package released last week in which it came under the title "Promoting Northern Ireland as a great place in which to invest" and is designed to build on the goodwill built up over the G8 summit.

It will be held in the Titanic Belfast, managed by Invest NI and delivered in co-operation with the Stormont Executive.

The format is expected to follow in the footsteps of the US-NI conference in 2008 which showed the Northern Ireland economy off to business leaders from the US.

First Minister Peter Robinson said US President Barack Obama and the other G8 leaders said they would back the event.

"We are committed to taking forward the opportunities which this has presented to showcase Northern Ireland as a good place to invest and to do business and to visit. The Investment Conference will be an ideal opportunity to do so."

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said the conference will offer an opportunity to get our economy back on track.

"For those leaders with which we already have good relationships, it was an opportunity to strengthen and deepen those bonds.

"All of the leaders showed a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and goodwill and we are determined to build on this and translate it into the investment and jobs that will support the rebalancing of our economy and underpin the building of a shared future for all our people."

Belfast Telegraph