Category Archives: Issues

Closing the skills gaps

Leading labour economist John P Martin discusses Northern Ireland’s adult literacy and numeracy performance with Peter Cheney, and highlights how it impacts on our competitiveness against other small economies. Northern Ireland needs...

Healthcare innovation priority for Craigavon

A recent conference at Craigavon Civic Centre has highlighted the district’s successes in healthcare R&D and facilitated links which will lead to more innovation taking place. Craigavon Borough Council (CBC) recently asserted...

Northern Ireland’s public finance system

Tom Healy, Director of the Nevin Economic Research Institute, explains the budgetary framework and considers the general trends for spending on public services. Fiscal austerity has dominated public discourse across Europe for...

Contrasting fortunes

Gareth Hetherington highlights the prospects for private sector growth and considers the impact of spending reductions on the regional economy. The debate on our fiscal future must take all options into account....

China’s potential for agriculture

Richard Halleron reflects on a successful trade mission to China and the prospects for reaching into its market. The annual statistics relating to China’s dairy sector make for very interesting reading. For...

Reforming procurement

Des Armstrong, Director of the Central Procurement Directorate, outlined how more centralisation and prioritisation – and an outcome-focused culture change – are changing government’s approach to sourcing goods and services. A drive...

Investing in Belfast: an urban strategy

Belfast City Council hosted a round table discussion on the future development of Belfast including how it develops its business infrastructure, attracts more visitors and becomes a more creative city. What are...

Building on FDI success

fDi Intelligence’s Glenn Barklie talks to agendaNi about how Northern Ireland can make more progress on foreign direct investment. As the level of foreign direct investment in Northern Ireland increases, Glenn Barklie...

BMAP faces judicial review

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has announced her intention to lodge a judicial review of the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan (BMAP) following its approval by Environment Minister Mark H Durkan. The proposed case...