U.S. – Northern Ireland Investment Conference

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Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'strict' not found. US-Northern Ireland Investment Conference (US-NI Investment Conference) was an investment conference in Northern Ireland run by Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI), Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and supported by Northern Bank and BT Group.

About

"The event is fully endorsed by UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, the US administration, the Government of the Republic of Ireland and the European Union."[1]

The investment conference was expected to provide a unique opportunity for invited delegates to see the dramatic transformation that has taken place in Northern Ireland. The conference was a tightly focused business event and "120 executives from 80 companies"[2] were expected to attend. Delegates were invited from industry sectors in which Northern Ireland had particular strengths and which offered the delegates a good match for their businesses. They were expected to hear about the substantial business benefits that investors had already experienced and how new investors could profit.

"The new, stable Northern Ireland is open for business. It offers an ideal location for investors: close to market; cost competitive and culturally compatible with a skilled, young workforce. Northern Ireland's pro-business Executive is ready to help investors exploit the many opportunities in this dynamic, growth market."[1]

Programme

The programme was expected to begin with a welcome reception at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum on May 7, 2008. The main conference was expected to be on the morning of May 8, 2008, followed by afternoon forums for delegates. A gala dinner was expected to be held that evening at Hillsborough Castle. On May 9, 2008, delegates were expected be invited to take part in a tailored business programme specific to their sector.

Paisley legacy

Ian Paisley announced that he would step down as First Minister after the US-NI Investment Conference. On March 4, 2008, he said "I came to this decision a few weeks ago when I was thinking very much about the forthcoming investment conference and what was going to come after the conference, I thought that it is a marker, a very big marker and it would be a very appropriate time for me to bow out."[3]

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