Wed 3rd Jul 2013
Chamber leads unique engagement with Northern Ireland’s political leaders
President: ‘5 leaders, 5 days your chance to inform the debate’
Unprecedented political stability and opportunity to avail of a reduction in corporation tax means this election is the most important for jobs and the economy in the history of Northern Ireland – that was the message this morning from Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce President Francis Martin when launching the Chamber’s ‘5 Leaders, 5 Days’ series in Belfast with Chief Executive Ann McGregor.
“5 leaders, 5 days gives the leaders of each of our five political parties a platform to outline their plans for jobs and the economy. The firm bedding down of our political institutions and the consultation on the devolution of corporation tax-raising power means this election is the most important for jobs and the economy in the history of Northern Ireland.
“We have invited the leaders of five political parties in the Assembly to outline their plans for jobs at five city centre locations in the run-up to the election on May 5th. This will provide a unique platform for parties to spell out their views on corporation tax, enterprise zones, the investment strategy and a wide range of other economic issues.
“The events also allow the business community to contribute to and inform the debate on these and other vital issues. This is the first time that a series of structured events has been put in place and we are very excited to hear the contribution of the party leaders and the business community,” he added.
The first of the five events takes place on April 5th at Citi’s headquarters in Titanic Quarter where DUP leader Peter Robinson will outline his party’s plans for the economy. Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness will speak on April 13th at Belfast’s NYSE Euronext office. SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie will speak at McGrigors on Friday 15th April. UUP leader Tom Elliot will speak at BDO on Monday 18th April and Alliance leader David Ford will speak at Grafton on 20th April.
Chamber CEO Ann McGregor added: “Over the last year the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with local businesses and representative organisations in drawing up proposals which we believe would kick-start the regional economy, grow the private sector and reduce our reliance on the public sector. We have worked with political parties, government departments and government agencies to produce a manifesto which we think will enable Northern Ireland to reach its full economic potential. I look forward to seeing many of these proposals developed into policy over the next few years.
“I would also like to thank our five host organisations, Citi, NYSE Euronext, McGrigors, BDO and Grafton for hosting these important events,” she added.
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