Foster: NI smart, educated and ready to work

Sep 26, 2012

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster is pictured with key California-based investors Michael Walsh, President and CEO, Cybersource; Steve Luczo, CEO and President, Seagate and Alastair Hamilton, Chief Executive, Invest NI.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has told an audience of business leaders in California that Northern Ireland has a population that is young, smart, educated and ready to work.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster is in San Francisco this week to boost trade and investment links in the lucrative Silicon Valley region.

Addressing an audience which included key California-based investors Steve Luczo, CEO and President, Seagate; Michael Walsh, President and CEO, Cybersource and John Giere, CEO Openwave Mobility, the Minister said: “Like Silicon Valley, Northern Ireland hosts a vibrant and high growth technology community.

“Since the start of 2012, over 70 Northern Irish companies have taken part in trade missions to California, building key links between our two economies.

“One of the key reasons for Northern Ireland’s success in attracting US companies is that we have a population that is young, smart, educated and ready to work. It is a valuable resource, particularly when companies in other parts of the world are struggling to find and retain technical talent.”

Encouraging potential investors to follow the example of blue chip companies like Intel, Microsoft, Cybersource and the New York Stock Exchange and put down roots in Northern Ireland, Arlene Foster added: “The continued dedication to innovation and hard work makes Northern Ireland the ideal investment location.

“We are investing in the necessary skills and infrastructure to create an environment for success.”

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