Invest NI welcomes new US Consul General

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In picture (L – R) is Alastair Hamilton, CEO of Invest Northern Ireland, with US Consul General Gregory S. Burton.

Alastair Hamilton, CEO of Invest Northern Ireland and the new US Consul General Gregory S. Burton met today to discuss the long standing business relationship between Northern Ireland and the US.

Speaking after the meeting, Alastair Hamilton said: “The US remains an important export market for Northern Ireland companies and a major source of Foreign Direct Investment.

“In recent years we have seen some big US names choose Northern Ireland – Citi, NYSE Euronext, Seagate, Liberty IT, Allstate, Terex – thanks to our excellent skills base and infrastructure. In the last 10 years there has been over £1 billion of US investment in Northern Ireland. Coupled with the fact that a significant percentage of all inward investment in Northern Ireland is from the US, this makes this a very important market for us.

“North America is also a very important export market. It is the second largest export market in the world for Northern Ireland manufacturing businesses – second only to the Republic of Ireland. It is therefore important that, while we are working to develop new markets and export opportunities for Northern Ireland in countries such as India, China and the Baltics, we continue to build on our success in North America to maximise opportunities for Northern Ireland.

“It was a pleasure to meet with US Consul General Burton today and I look forward to continuing the strong, positive relations we have had with the Consul.”