Lord Mayor visiting Belfast to boost pre-Brexit business ties
The Lord Mayor of the City of London is visiting Northern Ireland later this week to strengthen ties ahead of Brexit.
The region is one of the world's leading financial services centres for attracting financial technology investments and Dr Andrew Parmley is keen to improve technological collaboration.
Belfast has been chosen as the prime location for the UK's innovation centre for cyber security and the City's ambassador for the financial sector will tour it during his visit.
Dr Parmley said: "Northern Ireland's financial services sector has seen exponential growth in recent years, thanks to its technological innovations, skilled workforce, competitive cost of property and ability to attract inward investment.
"I want to ensure that this trend continues and am delighted to be visiting the region. It is now more important than ever that our two regions continue seamless and regular dialogue to ensure shared prosperity."
There are around 1,200 financial services companies based in Northern Ireland, employing about 33,000 people.
The Lord Mayor will be joined by the City's special representative to the EU.
It will be the first time the City's most senior figures have made a joint visit to Northern Ireland.
During his term, the Lord Mayor has already visited 25 countries across the world including Hong Kong, Pakistan, China, South Africa and Mexico.