NI leaders on USA business mission

Published Monday, 10 March 2014
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NI's leaders are on a five day visit to America in a bid to strengthen business and tourism links with the country.

NI leaders on USA business mission
Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness on a business trip to Brazil last year. (© Presseye)

Visiting Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, the trip involves meetings with potential and existing investors.

First Minister Peter Robinson said that the Northern Ireland Executive has put the development of the economy "at the heart" of our Programme for Government.

"Engaging with the United States is a vital element of the economic and political development of Northern Ireland.

"The United States is the number one source of foreign direct investment into Northern Ireland with165 US owned businesses and over 18,000 employees. The United States is also significant to our export market, which in 2012/13 exported £534 million to the United States," the DUP leader added.

"I look forward to a very informative and productive visit and I will be availing of every opportunity to attract further investment and increase tourism to Northern Ireland."

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said that a strong bond exists between the US and the north of Ireland.

"Over the last five years, US owned companies generated over 4,300 jobs, resulting in £137 million of salaries and investment in Research &Development of £100 million.

"Foreign Direct Investment brings many benefits creating new jobs and helping to boost economic growth. It also generates additional opportunities within the local supply chain and leads to the expansion and growth of many home-grown businesses," the Sinn Féin MLA added.

"International relationships are developed through face to face meetings and this week offers another opportunity to strengthen relations with the US and pursue opportunities to grow our economy."

© UTV News
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9 Comments
wee r the people in Belfast wrote (234 days ago):
SORT OUT THIS COUNTRY FIRST no one is going to invest in a country with dirty secret politicians when WAR might be round the corner?
Joe in Co Down wrote (234 days ago):
Good to see them working together. Just goes to prove the power of what one sees in much stronger than the word of mouth. A picture tells a thousand stories as the saying goes.
JJ in Belfast wrote (234 days ago):
Love to go away for Paddys Day as well
Jos in Belfast wrote (234 days ago):
Alias Smith & Jones ride again.
gerard in belfast wrote (236 days ago):
what another holiday for these two for some one who only last week was going to walk away how a lot can change in a week and if martin had know it was going to be like this he would have signed up years ago they r having more holidays than thomas cook have to offer lol it gos to show that what a sham the other week was over the so called OTR now they r mates again them 2 have not had it so good while the rest us r worrying how to pay r bills cause were i live i have not seen any off the so called investment that we keep getting told about not in my area it still the same as it was 10-15-20 years ago but hi i would love to be flying all over the world 1st class and some 1 else pay for it that would be great maybe we all could become a mla and who knows it could be me next doing this hard job they have and now and again make a fuss just to keep my side happy and thinking am standing up for them lol
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