Policy Forum for Northern Ireland

Next steps for delivering the Belfast City Region Deal: infrastructure, key partnerships and developing workforce skills

December 2018

This seminar assessed the next steps in delivering the Belfast City Region Deal.

Policymakers and key stakeholders examined how to deliver the key aims of the Deal and how best to build on the relative strength of the Belfast City region as an economic driver for Northern Ireland.

They examined lessons that can be learnt on delivering a City Deal from the experience in Glasgow, and particularly how key groups can collaborate to deliver the deal effectively.

Further discussion examined how best to develop and deliver the key infrastructure projects required to meet the economic ambition of the area, attract investment and connect people, places and services - including in public transport, digital infrastructure and how best to tackle legal and regulatory challenges to progress.

Sessions also looked at how the Further and Higher Education sectors can work most effectively to invest in skills for the future - targeting major growth sectors such as ICT and the services industry - develop key innovation projects through centres of innovation and excellence and tackle economic inactivity.

They also examined how local authorities can come together to drive forward economic and social development, and promote better outcomes for the people within the Belfast City Region Deal area and beyond.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Northern Ireland seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates