Northern Ireland Infrastructure Conference 2018
Infrastructure investment in Northern Ireland has been reduced from the levels seen in the 2000s. Progress needs to made right across the spectrum to ensure future infrastructure is fit for purpose. The economic benefits of infrastructure investment are huge and there is an urgent need to develop new projects whilst adapting to a changing political environment. Brexit continues to loom over current European funding and it is uncertain where the investment will come from in the future.
2018 is the Northern Ireland Year of Infrastructure which aims to bring together those involved in delivering infrastructure investment in Northern Ireland to discuss the way forward. Despite a drop in investment in the wake of the 2008 economic downturn, infrastructure output in Northern Ireland is currently at one of the highest levels in the past five years and has seen an increase in recent months, with output in Q3 2017 rising by 6.1% compared to the previous quarter. The Budget 2017 allocated £540 million extra for Northern Ireland infrastructure over the next four years. This is a positive move forward for infrastructure in Northern Ireland but there is much work still to be done.
This Northern Ireland Infrastructure Conference will bring together key stakeholders to look at the sectoral challenges and examine the overall future direction for infrastructure. This important conference facilitates the opportunity for industry networking and interactive Q&A sessions with expert speakers.
Key issues to be examined
✔ Priorities for future infrastructure investment
✔ Sectoral updates: Health, transport, water
✔ The challenge of funding utility infrastructure investment
✔ Effective procurement to improve project delivery
✔ Investment in education infrastructure
✔ Health care infrastructure, services and technology
✔ Focus on the North West
✔ Future outlook and delivering the next generation of infrastructure
✔ Working with the construction industry
Northern Ireland Infrastructure 2018
✔ Receive an in-depth overview of key Northern Ireland infrastructure projects
✔ Explore future priorities for investment
✔ Understand what’s happening across different sectors
✔ Network with key stakeholders
✔ Hear visiting and local expert speakers
✔ Examine the economic and social impact of infrastructure