NI leaders on business mission to China

Published Monday, 12 November 2012
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The First and deputy First Ministers have embarked on a six day business mission to China.

NI leaders on business mission to China
Deputy leader Martin McGuinness and First Minister Peter Robinson at the airport (© UTV)


While visiting Shanghai and Hong Kong, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness will be promoting trade, investment and tourism.

The politicians will also be building on existing university links as well as encouraging research partnerships in China.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster, of the DUP, and Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill, of Sinn Féin, are also taking part in the trip.

First Minister Peter Robinson said: "After hosting the visit of Chinese State Councillor, Madame Liu Yandong earlier this year we want to further develop relationships with China and build on existing trade, investment, tourism and university links to grow our economy.

"Northern Ireland has a lot to offer the Chinese market with world-class universities, a highly educated workforce and high performing businesses," the DUP leader added.

"Our growing reputation in global markets for quality products and services, combined with a skilled and flexible talent pool is attracting global names in financial services, IT, Legal Services and outsourcing.

"Our indigenous industries from engineering, food, IT, life sciences, construction, transport, aerospace and renewable energy share a commitment with the Executive to create wealth through developing overseas trade and partnerships."

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said: "We are visiting China at a time when our businesses are enjoying unprecedented success in international markets and competing globally in innovation and creativity across a range of sectors.

"Our local companies in the life sciences, technology, construction machinery and food sectors are already actively selling their products in China.

"We want to build on those strong connections as well as showcasing our tourism offering to the Chinese market," the Sinn Féin minister concluded.

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4 Comments
Frosty in Here wrote (765 days ago):
Another honeymoon trip for the lovely couple?
Kieran Murphy in Dungiven wrote (766 days ago):
When the Chinese or UK importers ship goods to European Union they have to pay the VAT 20% as well 10% taxes depending on the product at port of entry and if the members from our House of Representives Stormont explained to the Chinese that they can supply 10,000 workers in NI light manufacturing jobs at 150 STG for a 35 hour week and they would make up the difference to the mininum wage of 250 stg a week They also could be made aware of Northern Ireland s past history in Manufacturing ,Good work ethic , near Great Britain and part of the EU with 500 million people with no frontiers but wages here that are to expensive and not willing to subside lower wages the only Great Wall in the way of greater employment
Ryan in Belfast wrote (766 days ago):
@Milo in Limavady. Milo, i dont think the two ministers going to china, the second largest economy in the world, and telling the chinese business community that we're open for business is a "waste of taxpayers money". It was earlier this year that a major Chinese offical and Vice President (and some say could be the next leader of China) made a three day visit to the Irish Republic to strengthen economic ties with Ireland. He even quoted Ireland as being "the gateway into Europe". Thats how the republic is running and drawing in jobs and business for their economy. Its about time the Norths goverment does the same.
milo in LIMAVADY wrote (766 days ago):
Laurel and Hardy wasting tax payers money again , do us all a favour and stay in China
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