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The John and Pat Hume Foundation and Royal Irish Academy will hold a conference on ‘Time to Strengthen the Regional Impact of Greater North-West’ in Ulster University Derry~Londonderry Campus.

The conference will examine the socioeconomic, infrastructure and investment policies that are needed to address regional inequalities and imbalance. It will also explore possibilities for cross-border planning and coordination to enable the greater North-West region to fulfil its potential and not remain an outlier in terms of economic performance in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Event schedule


Mark Durkan , John and Pat Hume Foundation board member.

10.10am Launch of the Royal Irish Academy Report : 'Regional approaches to Higher Education- comparisons between the North West of the Island and Scotland and Wales.
10.30am The Facts of regional imbalance.

John Daly, Economist  Northern and Western Regional Assembly.

East/West and International Experience.

Professor Des McNulty - Deputy Director Policy Scotland
Dr Gabriele Golduß and Dr Heiderose Heßke representatives from the City of Leipzig

12.15pm Ministerial address.

Steve Barker MP Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office.
Irish Government representative.
1.00pm Lunch
1.30pm The perspective of business.

Gerry Kindlon, Director of Government Relations Seagate.
Michael D'Arcy, Business consultant and independent advisor to the Ibec/CBI Joint Business council.
2.30pm Political government and public policy panel discussion.

Colm Eastwood, MP.
Mary O'Dwyer.
Dr Nancy Aris, State respresentative from City of Leipzig.
3.30pm Plenary
4pm Close

Professor Paul Arthur, John and Pat Hume Foundation Board member

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Thursday 5 October

10am to 4pm

John and Pat Hume Foundation and Royal Irish Academy