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Foreign Investment

Volume 457: debated on Friday 23 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps Invest Northern Ireland is taking to ensure that the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington during July is utilised to secure an increase in potential inward investor visits to all parts of Northern Ireland. (122691)

This Festival provides a useful platform to showcase Northern Ireland positively as a strategic investment and trade partner for US corporations wishing to establish and grow their presence in Europe and for Northern Ireland companies seeking new US business alliances. Invest NI in association with the Rediscover Northern Ireland initiative and the Smithsonian programme is arranging a series of investment and trade events running from March to July 2007 in Washington DC, with the objective of encouraging an increased level of inward activity into Northern Ireland by potential investors from the United States.