Thu 5th May 2016
NI Chamber call for confidence not prejudice in Programme for Government
The President of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) has called on the NI Executive to formulate a Programme for Government which is “confident” and not encumbered by political “prejudice.”
Stephen McCully, speaking on the eve of the NI Assembly Election, made the call as he addressed attendees at NI Chamber’s Champions Dinner at the newly extended Waterfront Hall in Belfast yesterday evening (4 May 2016).
It was the first external event to be held at the transformed venue and the largest event to be held by NI Chamber in its 233 year history with a sell-out business audience of over 800 people.
Mr McCully said: “NI Chamber advocates a much more confident Programme for Government, one that favours strength of ambition in finding solutions and is not hindered by political cautiousness or prejudice.
“NI Chamber members stand by, ready to assist, in any way they can to support a Programme for Government that helps grow the business sector, that puts jobs, pride and dignity into our communities. That provides diversity of opportunities for a highly educated and skilled workforce. That delivers timely world class infrastructure, and better more efficient public services.”
Mr McCully said that the business organisation has always endeavoured to encourage Northern Ireland’s elected representatives and Government in a practical and progressive way.
He added: “We have actively attempted to change the narrative and to promote a more positive and ambitious message about Northern Ireland businesses and the prospect for increased growth and economic prosperity.
“It is clear that businesses in Northern Ireland want to see more positive momentum, they want an economy that they can be really proud of – generating more success stories, more winners and more champions.”
Billed as a celebration of champions in business and sport in Northern Ireland, guest speaker at the event was Irish Rugby legend Paul O’Connell, the now retired rugby player who captained the British and Irish Lions, Ireland and Munster winning three 6 Nations including a Grand Slam, two European Cups, and three Celtic Leagues.
The Champions Dinner was supported by Headline Sponsor, BT, and supporting sponsors Emirates, 4c Executive Search and SSE Airtricity.