Society has been transformed by successive US administrations protecting the peace and supporting our economy, deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness has said.
Speaking ahead of a four day visit to the United States, Martin McGuinness commented on how his programme of meetings in the coming days in Houston and San Francisco would help contribute to our continued economic growth and real social progress.
Martin McGuinness said: “Throughout the peace process, successive US administrations have played key roles in helping move our society forward, they have left an indelible mark on our people, our prospects and our prosperity. We will be better placed to protect the most vulnerable in our society, improve our health service, deliver quality education and ensure equality of opportunity for all with a strong and dynamic economy.
“The United States is our number one foreign direct investor with 185 US companies employing 23,000 people across the north and is also an important trading partner, accounting for almost 21% of our exports in 2015/16. This hasn’t happened by accident and is the result of many productive visits to the United States.”
This Executive is committed to delivering for all and during this mandate, will be tireless in efforts to attract new and better jobs and grow the economy.
The deputy First Minister continued: “Bringing more and better jobs here is a priority for this Executive and these jobs wont just land on our laps by sitting behind a desk at home. In recent years we have brought in more foreign direct investment jobs than in any time in our history.
“We have a very compelling proposition, a good infrastructure, a comparatively low cost base and a government committed to creating a pro-business environment. Our colleges and universities are internationally renowned and have been key in producing the talent to drive the development of our technology and knowledge industries.
“Around 80% of companies who come here reinvest which is the best possible endorsement. A reduced rate of corporation tax and a strong skills base will make a massive contribution to our future economic prospects. As part of my visit I will have face to face meetings with a range of existing and potential investors to maintain and create new contacts and relationships and ultimately provide jobs so people can provide for their families.”
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