NORTHERN Ireland's construction firms should continue to look to emerging markets for opportunities, the head of a professional organisation said.
Alan Collett, president of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), said the "high standards and professionalism" of the sector in Northern Ireland were key to helping it win business in global markets.
Mr Collett was speaking during a two-day visit. He said: "I am very pleased to be in Northern Ireland to meet current and prospective members, and to discuss with them the importance of professional standards around the world, and the key role of chartered surveyors.
"Standards in all areas of chartered surveying are more important than ever, creating market confidence to encourage investment and restore growth."
The construction sector has shed thousands of jobs since the downturn began but several building firms have successfully turned to other parts of the UK and further afield to win contracts.