26/01/2022

Economy Minister Announces Independent Review Of Invest NI

The Economy Minister, Gordon Lyons, has announced an Independent Review of Invest Northern Ireland – to assess the organisation's efficiency and effectiveness as well as its capacity to strategically align with, and operationally deliver, the 10X Economic Vision.

Announcing the review, which will be led by Sir Michael Lyons, Minister Lyons said: "The 10X Economic Vision my Department published in May 2021 sets out our ambitions for the next decade and aims to create a step change in how we think about our economy. The realisation of this vision will ultimately see Northern Ireland situated amongst the elite small advanced economies in the world.

"Invest NI's role in translating our 10X ambition into a new economic reality is crucial. Now is the perfect time to take stock and ensure the organisation is positioned to respond to a changing economic landscape in preparation for an economy that is ten times better.

"I am therefore pleased to announce that I have commissioned an Independent Review of Invest NI, which will examine its current business model and identify any support required to deliver our bold 10X policy objectives on innovation, growth and inclusion."

The Minister went on to say: "I am delighted to confirm that Sir Michael Lyons, former Chair of the BBC and current Non-Exec Chairman of the English Cities Fund, has agreed to Chair the Independent Review Panel. Sir Michael has a distinguished track record and brings a depth of relevant experience which will be crucial in steering the public debate around the future of economic development in Northern Ireland."

Sir Michael Lyons said: "The launch of the 10X Economic Vision presents a unique opportunity to encourage the reshaping of the Northern Ireland economy by placing innovation at the heart of policy development and delivery.

"Invest NI will play a pivotal role in the achievement of this vision and therefore it is the ideal time to review the organisation's effectiveness and consider its capacity to deliver the 10X Vision.

"I am committed to ensuring all voices are heard as part of this review and am looking forward to working with key stakeholders from all sectors and regions of Northern Ireland."

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