Timed as political discussions on the formation of the Northern Ireland Executive were ongoing, and as UK commenced the process for leaving the European Union, this seminar examined the future for the Northern Ireland economy post-Brexit.
Delegates discussed the latest economic forecasts for Northern Ireland, including for consumer behaviour and in the jobs market, and examined the priorities for traders and exporters - and the challenges to be faced by SMEs, manufacturers and the agri-food sector - and explored the role which local authorities can play in further economic development, including through further devolution of powers.
Those attending assessed the impact of Brexit on higher and further education - including on staff and students, as well as research and innovation funding - and looked at how further collaboration with businesses could promote economic development in line with the Northern Ireland industrial strategy.
Further sessions examined the economic impact of the latest political uncertainty - including looking at examples from other jurisdictions - and looked at the future role of cities as growth engines for the Northern Ireland economy, examining the possibilities for greater devolution and city deals in Northern Ireland. Delegates also looked at priorities for infrastructure development - discussing the need for, and impact of Brexit on, capital investment commitments.