Established by Arlene Foster (then Minister of Enterprise, Trade & Investment) in 2010, the EAG comprises a focused group of experts with backgrounds in economics, business and skills. Its primary role is to provide independent advice to the DETI Minister, aimed at challenging and developing public policy and strategic thinking on the Northern Ireland economy.
The group is chaired by Ellvena Graham, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of ESB and former head of Ulster Bank NI.
EAG includes a number of high-profile independent economists, business leaders from indigenous and foreign-owned companies in Northern Ireland, the Invest NI Chairman and the Northern Ireland Adviser on Employment and Skills.
One of the EAG’s key roles is to identify the need for, and commission, economic research and policy advice where appropriate and to publish an annual review of the economy for the DETI Minister and other ministers in the NI Executive.
The EAG holds around four meetings each year. Ministers or representatives from other Northern Ireland Executive departments may be invited to attend these meetings. All minutes are published on this site.
The group welcomed new members Neil Gibson and Bryan Keating to the panel and discussed the Access to Finance survey, competitiveness in Northern Ireland, DETI's research agenda and potential collaboration with Matrix.