Sat 6th Jul 2013
Business sector will lead from the front
Above: Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, BBC Business Editor Robert Peston and Chamber President Francis Martin
‘Certainty, direction and clearly-stated objectives will allow us to succeed in fight against economic stagnation,’ says NI Chamber President.
The business community is looking for certainty, direction and clearly-stated objectives from government so that the two can work in partnership to rebuild the Northern Ireland economy – that was the message from the President of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce as he spoke at the annual President’s Banquet at the City Hall on 24 November 2011.
Mr Martin urged Northern Ireland’s political leaders to maintain an ongoing engagement with the business sector as partners in the fight against current economic difficulties. He stated that business was ready to lead from the front, that the NI Chamber had done so before throughout its 229-year history and would do so again.
Speaking to an audience of over 500 business people from across Northern Ireland, Mr Martin was joined by BBC Business Editor Robert Peston and Chief Executive of BT, Colm O’Neill. Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness also spoke at the event.
Mr Martin said: “We welcome the Programme for Government published last week and we support many of the commitments therein. It is encouraging to note the intended promotion of over 25,000 jobs, an additional