Published Thursday, 22 November 2012
The DUP leader spoke to UTV. (© PA)
Mr Robinson said measures must be put in place before the business tax rate could be lowered.
"In terms of corporation tax, the facts are that there has to be legislation prepared and there has to be significant IT changes to be made," the DUP leader told UTV.
"The timetable that we were given was well in excess of 2016 and has been pulled back to 2016.
"Of course if we knew we were getting corporation tax we would be able to go out and market Northern Ireland on the basis of it coming because it will be several years becomes could get here and be making a profit so if we can get corporation tax early on we will get the benefits."
Advocates of the tax plan to reduce the local tax rate to 12.5% believe it will improve the region's ability to attract investment and allow NI to compete on a level playing field with the Republic.
However the cost would be a loss of Assembly finding from Westminster.
A report on the proposals was handed over to Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday.
He said he will study the documents carefully - but made no definitive commitment.
Mr Robinson said the Executive have taken "sound" steps in the meantime to bolster the local economy and help people and businesses.
He continued: "In terms of what's happening in the meantime we have our economic strategy. It's sound and it's fundamentally right, we are obviously facing - as is every other economy - a global recession and we have put in place immediate steps during the course of the last number of weeks to try and help our economy."
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