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Northern Ireland's cross-community party – Together, we're stronger

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Economy

A prosperous Northern Ireland is based around private enterprise, job creation and increased exports. This is difficult in the current economic climate. However, we believe that investment in skills and infrastructure and support for successful sectors will help boost the economy.

Our economy is also held back by the costs of division. An independent report argued that division costs Northern Ireland £1.5bn each year and it is difficult to attract investors to a divided region. Tackling a divided society and creating economic prosperity go hand-in-hand.

Our first step to economic growth must be a joined-up approach to the economy. That is why we support creating a single Minister for the Economy, with responsibility for Enterprise and investment as well as skills. This single department would be able to deliver a comprehensive programme for economic reform.

Our proposals to boost the economy in Northern Ireland include:

The EU has played, and can continue to play, a significant role in allowing Northern Ireland to

grow. A single market, with well-structured support for innovation, infrastructure and skills,

helps support the economy to grow. And the bigger the market, the better the opportunity for

Northern Ireland to trade. Being a central player in the EU has helped the economy to grow;

not being in the EU would seriously harm our economy. Alliance will continue to make the pro-European case.