The Northern and Western Regional Assembly welcomes the opportunity to provide input into the development of a new statement of strategy of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE), covering the period of 2023 to 2025.
At a high-level, the Northern and Western Regional Assembly welcomes the strategic goals, principles, and priorities in the draft statement of strategy, particularly the commitment to ensuring sustainable and balanced regional development in Ireland, supporting the transition to a more green and digital future and to further grow the all-island economy.
That said, the Northern and Western Regional Assembly believes that the new statement of strategy of the DETE should ensure a policy of “Positive Discrimination” is adopted towards the Northern and Western Region, as a means to address the significant economic challenges being experienced by the region’s economy. A policy of “Positive discrimination” aims to address regional disparities by providing an above average level of resources to struggling regional economies, with the Assembly advocating for the adoption of such a policy in its submission on the White Paper on Enterprise 2022-2030.
The Northern and Western Regional Assembly’s submission on the new statement of strategy of the DETE can be downloaded below.