Chamber presudent welcomes Stormont focus on Derry

No Fee for reproduction ''Redmond McFadden and Chamber President Gerry Kindlon, pictured at the 57th annual Chamber of Commerce dinner in the Everglades Hotel. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.10.14
No Fee for reproduction ''Redmond McFadden and Chamber President Gerry Kindlon, pictured at the 57th annual Chamber of Commerce dinner in the Everglades Hotel. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.10.14

The Londonderry Chamber of Commerce has warmly welcomed the announcement of the Executive’s ministerial sub-group dedicated to addressing the Northern Ireland economy’s regional imbalance and the specific needs of the North West economy.

President Gerry Kindlon said: “We strongly support the Executive in setting-up the ministerial sub-group. Derry has the highest unemployment of any part of Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. The creation of a group to address this unemployment crisis is very timely and desperately needed.

“We look forward to working closely with the sub-group. We expect positive outcomes from the activities of the sub-group, in particular in achieving the substantial expansion of Ulster University’s Magee campus and to take additional steps to plug the North West’s skills deficit. We are also encouraged by steps to improve the region’s transport infrastructure and connectivity.

“To be successful, the sub-group will have to operate effectively across party political and departmental boundaries. The particular problems of the North West need to be addressed as a priority of the Northern Ireland Executive as a whole. The expansion of our economy will be beneficial to all of Northern Ireland. But nobody should underestimate the scale of the task ahead.

“We are keen to provide any practical assistance we can to the sub-group. We are committed to full engagement with the sub-group to achieve positive outcomes for the region.”