FIRST Minister Peter Robinson MLA and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA have completed a successful mission to the USA.
The Ministers’ five-day visit to Boston and Chicago to meet existing and potential investors, political leaders and promote university collaboration concluded in Chicago, where the Ministers announced a £7million investment by Caterpillar and visited the headquarters of existing investor, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
The First Minister Peter Robinson said: “I want to thank Senate President Therese Murray for her invitation to the US and for the opportunity this has given us to reinforce our bonds with existing and potential investors and to promote Northern Ireland as an attractive investment location.
“Our attendance at this week’s major EU-US Connected Health conference, attended by an international audience from over 20 countries, provided a platform to showcase Northern Ireland’s growing expertise in the Connected Health arena.
“I welcome the major investment announcement by Caterpillar to expand its manufacturing business in Northern Ireland. Along with Chicago Mercantile Exchange, these are two of our most important American investors.”
The deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said: “Strengthening our long-established relationships with the USA is important for our economic growth and political progress.
“During this visit we have had the opportunity to meet potential investors, current investors, and political leaders and encourage innovation in healthcare and university collaborations.
“We have greater business engagement in the USA than ever before and securing a further £7 million investment by Caterpillar re-enforces our position as an investment location for global companies. Caterpillar is an important investor, not only in terms of jobs and wealth creation but also in the credibility its presence lends to doing business here.”