Northern Ireland

Peter Robinson says NI is 'prime location' for overseas investors

Peter Robinson
Image caption Peter Robinson said improving the economy was the executive's top priority

Northern Ireland has become a "prime location" for overseas investors, according to the first minister.

Peter Robinson also said the executive had made "growing" the Northern Ireland economy its top priority.

He was speaking at a British Irish Chamber of Commerce dinner in Belfast City Hall on Wednesday night.

Mr Robinson also welcomed "the ever improving relationship" between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland on business matters.

He said: "The executive works tirelessly to market Northern Ireland and to promote the potential for trade.

"Recent investment announcements from global companies such as Ryobi, Stream, Allstate, Fujitsu, Terex and Bombardier are creating new jobs in emerging industries.

"Importantly, 75% of new investors who have come to Northern Ireland have already reinvested.

"This sends a strong signal to the rest of the world that Northern Ireland is a prime location to invest and grow your business.

"An improving economic climate in Great Britain and the emergence of the Republic of Ireland from its economic problems are certainly welcome developments for the local economy. "

Business world

Mr Robinson was among the senior politicians and business leaders that addressed the British Irish Chamber of Commerce conference dinner hosted by Lord Mayor of Belfast, Máirtín O Muilleóir in Belfast City Hall.

The event marked the start of this year's conference which sees European leaders from the worlds of business and politics converge at the Titanic Centre on Thursday 13 February.

Steve Aiken, CEO British Irish Chamber of Commerce said: "This year we have brought together some of Europe's leading business people along with senior politicians from both sides of the Irish Sea.

"I am excited to hear their views on the considerable opportunities for the British and Irish economies."

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