Sir Reg reveals vital role for women in new agency

Enterprise Minister Sir Reg Empey has highlighted the vital role that women in Northern Ireland have to play in shaping the future of the province’s business sector.

Speaking at the launch of a DETI campaign to encourage more women to apply to the board of the Invest Northern Ireland (INI) agency, Sir Reg explained: “Unfortunately, our last call for directors for INI elicited a limited response from female applicants. This time round I am making a personal invitation to women to consider applying for the INI Board.”

The Minister described how behind many successful companies and organisations in Northern Ireland there were women who are actively shaping Northern Ireland’s economic future.

He said: “For example, small and medium sized businesses which are the backbone of the Northern Ireland economy, are often family concerns formed from the partnership of man and wife, son and daughter or whole families. In addition, many women are involved in economic development initiatives, have a role in research and development, or are active within the community development and voluntary sectors.”

The outreach campaign aims to ensure that women’s networks across Northern Ireland are aware of this chance to serve the Northern Ireland economy. Applications to the INI Board close on the January 31, 2002. Women interested in informally discussing the commitment required for INI membership should contact Maureen McGuigan at DETI on Tel (028) 9052 9448. (CL)

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