The United States Special Envoy Joe Kennedy III is leading a delegation of senior business people on a four-day trip to Northern Ireland. The delegation includes both US companies already present in Northern Ireland and potential investors. This trip follows a promise made by US President Joe Biden during his visit to Northern Ireland earlier this year, during which he stated that “scores” of US firms were interested in coming to Northern Ireland, with some already employing over 30,000 people in the region. The delegates include leaders from companies such as Liberty Mutual Insurance and Coca-Cola.
The purpose of the visit is to explore opportunities for investment and to showcase the strengths and potential of Northern Ireland as an attractive destination for foreign direct investment. While no specific job or investment announcements are expected during this visit, it is seen as a learning experience for delegates who may not have previously considered Northern Ireland as a potential location for their operations.
Northern Ireland has been working to attract foreign investment, with a focus on sectors including advanced manufacturing, net zero, software and fintech, life and health sciences, and the creative industries. This visit is part of ongoing efforts to promote economic development and job creation in the region.