Chancellor visits Northern Ireland’s industrial past and cybersecurity future

Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi with Chief Executive Judith Owens at Titanic Belfast

Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi toured Northern Ireland’s industrial past and learned about a current leading industry during a one-day visit.

Mr Zahawi flew in to meet the utility regulator and ministers at Stormont in Belfast to discuss the offer of an energy bill rebate to households in the area.

His day of engagements also included a trip to the Titanic Belfast attraction which tells the story of the ill-fated ocean liner as well as the city’s historic shipbuilding strength.

Nadhim Zahawi's visit to Belfast
Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi at Titanic Belfast (Liam McBurney/PA)

Earlier today, he learned more about how cybersecurity has become one of the strongest sectors in the region today.

He met the Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University, Professor Ian Greer, and Professor Máire O’Neill, Director of the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), as well as the visit to the Cyber ​​Range and the anechoic chamber.

Mr Greer said Queen’s had helped put Northern Ireland on the digital innovation map.

“The cybersecurity sector in Northern Ireland continues to grow and the University has ambitious plans for the future,” he said.

“We are on track to open our Global Innovation Institute in 2025 as part of the Belfast Region City Deal. This will be an extension of ECIT and a huge opportunity for the people of Northern Ireland and all of our industry partners.

“Through cutting-edge research, Queen’s experts continue to develop solutions to real-world problems on our doorstep, which have a positive impact around the world.”

Ms O’Neill added: “ECIT’s expansion through the new £58m Global Innovation Institute will see over 550 multi-disciplinary experts on site, drawing on our core expertise in cybersecurity, advanced wireless technologies, data science/analytics. ”