Attracting FDI to Northern Ireland in the context of post EU exit trading relationships

Wavteq were commissioned by the Northern Ireland Department for the Economy (DfE) to conduct research on attracting foreign direct investment to Northern Ireland in the context of our post EU exit trading relationships. The paper presents the research and analysis in terms of:

• The past performance of FDI in Northern Ireland in 2015-2020

• An assessment of the EU - UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement and the NI Protocol on FDI 

• Forecasts for FDI in Northern Ireland for 2021-2025


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The report indicates that FDI into NI is expected to grow over the period 2021 to 2025, particularly in the Software and IT sector, where NI has a revealed comparative advantage and track record for success. 

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