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NI leaders on business mission to China

Deputy leader Martin McGuinness and First Minister Peter Robinson at the airport

The First and deputy First Ministers have embarked on a six day business mission to China.

Monday, 12 November 2012
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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.