Wed 3rd Jul 2013
Press Release: Business Coalition Launches Plan For 94,000 Jobs By 2020
For the first time ever a new coalition of eight of Northern Irelands leading business organisations have jointly produced a manifesto ahead of the Assembly Elections and the new Programme for Government.
The Jobs Plan is a joint document of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, CBI, Institute of Directors, Centre for Competitiveness, Momentum, Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association, Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association and the Construction Employers Federation.
The Jobs Plan was launched on 1 February 2011 at the Pump House at the NI Science Park to an invited audience of leading members of the business community, MLAs, Ministers and young entrepreneurs.
The top actions in the Jobs Plan include:
•Decisive political leadership to create stability and confidence.
•Create a more competitive tax base to help support an ambitious export-led economic recovery, while reducing barriers to growth and job creation.
•Deliver a sustained investment strategy through the increased use of alternative sources of finance.
•Ensure skills provision is re-aligned to meets the future needs of the economy.
•Reform and re-engineer how public services are delivered to enhance productivity and outcomes.
The Eight Business Groups said:
“The Jobs Plan is the first ever joint policy document by eight of Northern Ireland’s leading business organisations, allowing the business community to speak with one voice on the big economic challenges we all face. Together we represent every sector of our economy, covering small and large businesses in every part of Northern Ireland”
“It sets out an economic framework and includes a comprehensive agenda for real change in the local economy, one in which the private sector will again take the lead in providing jobs and investment. We believe the right policy framework and investment could lead to the creation of 94,000 jobs by 2020”
Francis Martin, President Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce said:
“With domestic demand constrained most growth in the economy will come from increasing our market share in external markets – which will in turn stimulate local demand. This will require an export-led growth strategy – harnessing the ambitions of local companies to increase exports to over