Adams in New York to Meet Major US Investors
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA and a party delegation will be in New York this week.
The Sinn Féin leader will be meeting with New York State Comptroller Tom Di Napoli on Thursday and New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson on Friday.
Both men control billions of dollars of US pension funds. Earlier this year, and following years of lobbying by Sinn Féin and others, Bill Thompson announced a $150 million investment into the north.
Looking forward to the two meetings Mr. Adams said; "The priority for Sinn Fein is to effectively address existing patterns of social and economic disadvantage and target resources and efforts at those in greatest need whilst simultaneously developing our economy.
Sinn Féin is determined to ensure that those who are living in the most deprived and divided areas do not end up getting the least out of increased prosperity and peace.
Our discussions with Bill Thompson will provide an opportunity to review the work done in identifying potential investment opportunities in the north.
During a meeting with Tom Di Napoli at the May Economic Investment conference the New York State Comptroller responded positively to my suggestion that his office should join with New York City in investment funding into the north. We want to follow up on that discussion and other contacts we have had since then."
Mr. Adams will also be attending the prestigious Clinton Global Initiative which was established in 2005 by former US President Bill Clinton. The CGI brings together global leaders from all backgrounds, regions, and religions to take action to address some of the world's biggest challenges.
The CGI's annual meeting is held each September in New York. It brings together heads of state, business executives, Nobel Peace Prize winners, heads of nonprofit organizations and foundations, scholars, and members of the media to discuss pressing issues.
This year, the Annual Meeting is taking place this week. It will include panels, workshops, and sessions devoted to addressing energy & climate change, global health, education, and poverty alleviation.