Mon 2nd Dec 2019
Alliance Leader: Northern Ireland must address the productivity challenge
Alliance Leader Naomi Long today (Monday 2 December 2019) outlined her plans for jobs and the economy to leading members of the Northern Ireland business community ahead of the forthcoming election.
The Alliance leader was speaking at the latest event in the ‘5 Leaders; 5 Days’ series, a programme organised by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber), at which the party leaders from five main political parties outline their plans for jobs, growth and the economy.
Today’s event followed last week’s addresses from SDLP Leader, Colm Eastwood and Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill.
Addressing an audience of local business people in KPMG, Belfast, Ms Long said:
“Alliance’s vision is a fairer and more prosperous society, and a strong economy is crucial to support quality public services.
“Northern Ireland needs to become more competitive, which entails addressing the productivity challenge through investment in the key economic drivers of skills, research and infrastructure.
“However, the immediate economic challenge is addressing Brexit. There is no good or sensible Brexit, particularly for such an interconnected economy as ours. We don’t want any new borders or barriers within these islands. Our priority is to stop Brexit via a People’s Vote but, if Brexit is forced through, then we must avoid a chaotic no deal outcome and work on mitigating the worse aspects of the Johnson deal.”
John Healy, President of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, added:
“I would like to thank Naomi Long for taking the time to address our members this morning. We welcome her recognition of the many issues facing business and the economy, including addressing the skills gap, access to labour and investing in digital and physical infrastructure.”
The 5 Leaders; 5 Days series continues with UUP’s Steve Aiken, who will speak on 3 December, while DUP Party Leader Arlene Foster will conclude the series on 6 December.