Call for more Invest NI visits for North-West

Thu, 27/02/2020 - 12:36 -- Editor

Following the publication of statistics that show almost 90% of Invest NI visits are to Belfast locations, SDLP Economy Spokesperson Sinead McLaughlin MLA has sought an urgent meeting with Diane Dodds, Economy Minister.

The Foyle MLA said:

“The focus on Belfast from Invest NI will not be a surprise to many, but the statistics released recently are particularly damning, with almost 90% of potential investor visits limited to Belfast.”

“It is crucial we spread jobs and investment across Northern Ireland, particularly in the most deprived areas, that have the highest levels of economic inactivity. It is my view that the Department of Economy and Invest NI need to include sub-regional targets for investment and job creation. This situation is nothing short of a disgrace and cannot be allowed to continue.”

“I have written to Minister Dodds to seek an urgent meeting where I will press for inclusion of sub regional investment targets in the new Economy Strategy.