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Commissioner delivers keynote address at the 'Collaborate to Innovate' Conference, Belfast, 7 June 2012

(l-r): Pictured before the replica of the Titanic staircase at Titanic Belfast, Commissioner, Ms Arlene Foster MLA, Northern Ireland Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment and Ms Lucinda Creighton TD, Irish Minister for European Affairs
"Northern Ireland's recent past has demonstrated how breaking down barriers, forging partnerships and exchanging ideas are the only way to move a society forward."



Belfast, 07 June 2012


Minister Foster, Minister Creighton, Ladies and gentlemen,

I am delighted to be back in Belfast and to meet you in such impressive surroundings – a landmark contemporary building that celebrates Belfast's talent for engineering and is an excellent symbol of Northern Ireland's regeneration. Northern Ireland is open to the world like never before, and is rightly declaring its ambition as a centre for innovation at a European level.