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Derry needs to be Regional Capital

1 August, 2007

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Martina Anderson has highlighted the importance of Derry positioning itself as the regional capital of the North West.

Ms Anderson said:

"In supporting the city's position as the regional capital it is vitally important that Derry City Council becomes a key economic driver in this process. This strategic goal can only be delivered comprehensively if all the agencies tasked with economic activity and regeneration work to a common agenda at the core of which lies an effective communication and performance management system.

"We also require the establishment of regional statutory structures which would allow for the advancement of strategies of benefit to the greater North West area."

Sinn Féin Councillor Maeve McLaughlin added:

"Key to the regeneration process is people, place and community. There exists a mismatch of skills across the city in relation to new industries and in addressing this deficit we require a clear commitment of specific resources to face up to this challenge.

"In tandem with this the proposed expansion of educational establishments in the city is the development of appropriate quality courses would assist in retaining the younger population. Derry has produced well in excess of 100 development strategies but without the realisation of the benefits to which these documents aspired. Strategies guiding the development of the region must now be grounded in targets, timescales and outcomes.

"Sinn Féin will continue to work for the betterment of the city and its citizens and as part of this process we will also continue to impress on Council the need to put in place mechanisms that will advance performance accountability and - ultimately - deliver on our objectives." ENDS

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