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MIPIM delegation to promote Belfast as an untapped prime investment opportunity

Suzanne Wylie, chief executive of Belfast City Council, and Joe O’Neill from Belfast Harbour pictured at the launch of MIPIM 2020 at Belfast Harbour Studios

BELFAST and its hinterland "offer one of the world's most attractive untapped property investment propositions" according to a delegation preparing for next March's MIPIM commercial property conference in Cannes.

The group, representing every aspect of the city's private and public sector, will highlight Belfast's burgeoning economy, high levels of foreign direct investment, energetic start-up community, growing tourism industry, skilled talent base, world class education system and strong levels of return on investment as key reasons to invest in the city.

They will also point to the great results which business, government and the third sector are achieving by demonstrably working in partnership to future-proof the city's economy and society by focusing on infrastructure, innovation, tourism, regeneration and culture, all core pillars of the Belfast Region City Deal.

Next year will be the fifth time in a row that a group of city stakeholders from across the private sector, working in partnership with Belfast City Council, has represented Belfast at MIPIM.

The delegation will also include representatives from the five councils partnering with Belfast City Council in the Belfast Region City Deal bid (Antrim & Newtownabbey; Ards & North Down; Lisburn & Castlereagh; Mid & East Antrim; and Newry, Mourne & Down).

Joe O'Neill, chief executive of Belfast Harbour and chair of the Belfast at MIPIM task force, said: “As a showcase of the brilliant investment potential which Belfast has to offer, MIPIM 2020 is a perfect vehicle and one which gives us a unique opportunity.

"It's rare to get the chance to showcase this fantastic city, and wider city region, to so many important global investors and we will be working hard to make sure they leave with Belfast at the top of their prospecting list.”

Alongside the councils attending the event in France on March 10-13 next year will be supporting organisations from the private sector including Arup, Belfast Harbour, Bywater Properties, Causeway Asset Management, Invest NI, KPMG, McAleer & Rushe, Oakland Holdings, Osborne+Co., Titanic Quarter, Translink and Wirefox.

MIPIM 2020 brings together the most influential global players from all international property sectors and is expected to attract around 3,500 exhibitors and 25,000 investors, developers, occupiers and other influencers from more than 100 countries.

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