The Northern Ireland Economic 2020 Online Conference

The Northern Ireland Economic 2020 Online Conference, hosted by agendaNi and in association with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is due to take place on Thursday 3rd December.

Now in its 25th year, the Northern Ireland Economic Conference is Northern Ireland’s premier economic analysis event and is unique in being the only forum that takes a high level look at the performance of, and prospects for the local economy. It is firmly established as the annual autumn summit for Northern Ireland’s economic community, including policy makers and business leaders.

The impact of Covid-19 and Brexit

This year’s conference comes at a time of great change. The Covid-19 pandemic caused the biggest ever monthly drop in GDP and has impacted economies across the globe. The conference will look at the possible pathways to recovery and the key economic levers to aid the recovery. The programme will also include an expert discussion panel on the impact of Brexit on the economy.

Key issues to be addressed at the conference:

  • Economic impact of Covid-19 on Northern Ireland;
  • Economic policy priorities for Northern Ireland;
  • Northern Ireland medium term economic outlook;
  • Options for devolving fiscal powers;
  • Importance of skills in the local economy;
  • Impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland economy;
  • Promoting innovation and boosting

The conference will welcome a wide range of expert speakers from organisations including Department for the Economy; Financial Times; Ulster University; Nevin Economic Research Institute; InterTradeIreland; Logistics UK; Queen’s University Belfast; Catalyst Inc; Belfast Metropolitan College and Social Enterprise NI.

Taking place at a time of unprecedented change, this is a not-to-be-missed event for all the latest information on the local economy as well as an excellent opportunity for discussion with key players in the economy, across all sectors.

Conference Director Owen McQuade commented: “On the 25th anniversary of the Northern Ireland Economic Conference, never before have we seen so much change take place over the course of a single year. The Coronavirus pandemic has majorly impacted our local and global economy and its effects will be felt for decades to come. With the January 2021 Brexit deadline looming we will face further challenges. The conference will hear from a range of economic experts who will examine the opportunities going forward. We are pleased to see the huge level of interest so far in this event and anticipate an interesting day of discussion and insight.”

Limited sponsorship opportunities available – contact Olivia Carragher on 028 9261 9933 for details.

More information on the conference can be found at

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