Posted on Thursday 20 June 2013 by Ulster Business

Titanic Belfast  Credit Tourism Ireland

The conference will take place in Titanic Belfast.

A large scale investment conference to promote jobs and growth in Northern Ireland will be held in Belfast in October, the First and Deputy First Ministers have confirmed.

The conference, which was first talked about ahead of the G8 Summit in Fermanagh, will be attended by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Taking place on October 10 and 11 in Titanic Belfast, the conference is designed to showcase Northern Ireland to potential investors as a location of choice for inward investment as well as highlighting the strength and potential of our key export sectors.

Invest Northern Ireland will manage and deliver the event on behalf of, and in co-operation with, the Northern Ireland Executive.

The Prime Minister's commitment to support the conference was one element of the Economic Pact announced last Friday and follows the success of hosting the G8 Summit at Lough Erne.

First Minister Peter Robinson said: "Over the past few days, the eyes of the world have been on Northern Ireland. We are committed to taking forward the opportunities which this has presented to showcase Northern Ireland as a good place to invest and to do business and to visit. The Investment Conference will be an ideal opportunity to do so. That the Prime Minister has committed to attend the conference and work through the various Embassies to ensure that the highest and most appropriate business delegations attend, is a tremendous endorsement of the positive experience of hosting the G8 Summit. We are also delighted that President Obama, and all of the other leaders we discussed it with, have agreed to lend their support to this initiative."

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness added: "The visit of the G8 leaders and the global media, gave us unprecedented access to key decision makers and huge positive international profile. For those leaders with which we already have good relationships, it was an opportunity to strengthen and deepen those bonds, whilst for others it was an opportunity for us to outline our potential and begin to explore opportunities for closer co-operation. All of the leaders showed a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and goodwill and we are determined to build on this and translate it into the investment and jobs that will support the rebalancing of our economy and underpin the building of a shared future for all our people."

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster also said: "The investment conference will enable us to promote Northern Ireland's ambition for economic prosperity and capitalise on the long term economic potential of a G8 legacy. It will strengthen our international economic position as both a location of choice for inward investment and a trading partner. In addition to the G8 countries, it would be our intention to also include countries with which Northern Ireland either already has, or is seeking to develop, greater trading and investment relationships."

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