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Time to Strengthen the Regional Impact of Greater North-West


Thursday, October 5, 2023, 10:00 - 16:00


Ulster University Derry-Londonderry Campus


Free but booking essential

The John and Pat Hume Foundation and Royal Irish Academy will hold a conference on ‘Time to Strengthen the Regional Impact of Greater North-West’ in Ulster University Derry~Londonderry Campus on Thursday 5 October 2023 from 10am to 4pm.

The conference will examine the socioeconomic, infrastructure and investment policies that are needed to address regional inequalities and imbalance. It will also explore possibilities for cross-border planning and coordination to enable the greater North-West region to fulfil its potential and not remain an outlier in terms of economic performance in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Draft Agenda

10.00am - Welcome - Mark Durkan, John and Pat Hume Foundation Board Member
10.10am - Launch of Royal Irish Academy Report: ‘Regional Approaches to Higher Education - comparisons between the North West of the island of Ireland and Scotland and Wales’ Professor Gerry McKenna MRIA, Chair, North-South Standing Committee, RIA
10.30am – The Facts of Regional Imbalance, John Daly, Economist Northern and Western Regional Assembly
11.15am – East/West and International Experience, Professor Des McNulty - Deputy Director Policy Scotland, Dr. Gabriele Goldfuß and Dr. Heiderose Heßke Representatives from the City of Leipzig
12.15pm – Ministerial Address, Steve Baker MP Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office and Irish Government representative
1.00pm – LUNCH
1.30pm - The Perspective of Business, Gerry Kindlon Director of Government Relations Seagate, Michael D’Arcy, Business Consultant and independent advisor to the Ibec/CBI Joint Business Council
2.30pm - Political government and public policy panel Discussion with Colm Eastwood MP; Mary O’Dwyer; Dr. Nancy Aris, State Representative from City of Leipzig
3.30pm - Plenary
4pm - Close, Professor Paul Arthur, John and Pat Hume Foundation Board Member

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