Robinson and McGuinness welcome delegates ahead of Investment Conference

The First Minister Rt. Hon. Peter D. Robinson, MLA and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, MLA, will join Ambassadors and international delegates from 16 countries for a welcome dinner ahead of tomorrow’s Investment Conference.

The purpose of the one-day conference is to showcase Northern Ireland’s credentials as an excellent location for foreign investment. It will be attended by around 150 potential and existing inward investors.

The First Minister said: “This evening’s dinner is an opportunity to welcome the many senior executives, ambassadors and government representatives that have made the journey to be part of this investment conference, as well as current investors who have made such a valuable contribution to our economy.

“While the conference proper begins tomorrow, this evening’s event is a unique opportunity for us to begin building relations with key decision-makers, in the impressive surroundings of Hillsborough Castle.

“The Investment Conference is a direct result of the very positive impression made by Northern Ireland at the G8 Summit in June. It is great chance for us to capitalise on that and ensure that Northern Ireland retains a high profile worldwide.”

The deputy First Minister commented: “Tonight’s event is an excellent opportunity to strengthen our bonds with existing investors and to warmly welcome potential investors who have taken the time to come and hear what we have to offer as an investment location.

“Foreign Direct Investment can bring many benefits to our community, by 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.

“It is important potential investors get the right impression of a highly competitive, stable, investment location. The senior executives at the conference will find a business-friendly Executive ready to support international investment.”

The Northern Ireland Investment Conference is organised by Invest Northern Ireland on behalf of the NI Executive and is sponsored by British Airways and Danske Bank.