A delegation of international business leaders, politicians and legal experts will arrive in Belfast this week for the sixth Belfast International Homecoming Conference. Members of the diaspora from Boston, New York City, Montana, London, Glasgow, Adelaide and Toronto are all expected in the city, along with Irish and Scottish political leaders and the First Minister of Wales.
Joe O’Neill, Chief Executive of Belfast Harbour, hosts of the Homecoming, explained that the event is a showcase of the best of Belfast’s business, talent, culture and innovation. He stated that this year’s conference theme “Be the Bridge” will cement existing relationships and forge new international connections with the aim of building a better Belfast.
Mr O’Neill said, “Helping Belfast to fulfil its potential requires a partnership approach to enhance the city’s skill base and develop new markets. It means building relationships beyond these shores and the Belfast International Homecoming conference provides a great way to harness the goodwill and interest of the North American diaspora.”
Belfast International Homecoming Conference.
The conference’s three days of events will include a tourism breakfast, an international Legal Symposium hosted by the Law Society of NI, a Banquet in Belfast City Hall and the Be the Bridge Business and Investment Conference at Belfast Harbour Commissioners’ Office this Friday (18 October).
As part of this year’s event, 12 pioneering young people will be named as Belfast Homecoming Young Ambassadors. These include a photographer, a graduate social worker raised in the care system, a transgender LGBT campaigner, a poet, young entrepreneurs with multi-million-pound investment and a former Syrian refugee now studying biochemistry at Queen’s University. The 12 Ambassadors will take part in My Ask of the Future Belfast at Friday’s conference, chaired by Mike Nesbitt MLA.
The conference will be opened by Belfast Lord Mayor John Finucane and will feature a gala banquet in City Hall with the presentation of Ambassador Medals to diaspora leaders from three continents.
For all conference information and ticket bookings visit www.belfasthomecoming.com