Adams Meets Major US Investors and Small Business Experts
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA was in New York last week
for a series of meetings with key US investors.
On Friday Mr. Adams met Bill Thompson the New York City Comptroller
who earlier this year announced a $150 million investment package
for the north.
Mr. Adams discussions with the New York comptroller ranged over
likely investment opportunities in west Belfast, as well as the
importance of the investment package being targeted at areas of
social disadvantage and high objective need.
The previous day the Sinn Féin delegation met with New York State
Comptroller Tom Di Napoli. Mr. Di Napoli told the Sinn Fein leader
that he was very impressed with the investment opportunities in the
north and that his office has been looking closely at potential
opportunities in recent months.
Gerry Adams also met New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and he
separately met with several of New York City's senior people who
work with small business development. Mr. Adams said; "New York has
an excellent record of creating new jobs through small businesses.
We want to explore how their experience can help our small
businesses to grow."
Mr. Adams also attended 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 including energy & climate change,
global health, education, and poverty alleviation.
Gerry Adams said:
"Our priority during this visit was to meet with those investors
and potential investors who can bring much needed jobs and
resources into west Belfast, and other areas of the north and the
border counties suffering from high levels of unemployment and