Does Rural Development Need New Thinking?

The recent Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020 consultation paper launched by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill MLA focuses on the need to support the agri-food industry. It complements the Europe 2020 strategic objectives of smart growth to ensure the competitiveness of agriculture and the food industry; sustainable growth to manage natural resources; and inclusive growth to ensure the balanced development of rural areas.

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Does Government Have A Role In The Economy?

At last week’s Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce President’s Banquet the Finance Minister, Simon Hamilton MLA, suggested that government has a key role to play in the development of the economy. Given the need to reduce the dominance of the public sector and grow the private sector, it is worth asking a question. Is he right?

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It’s Not About Jobs, It’s About Customers

The economic difficulties and associated social unrest experienced in many countries around the world highlight the importance of jobs. The availability of jobs is not only vital to the economy but also to the people, families and communities that make up our wider society.

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Rules Of New Leadership

Leadership has changed in recent years as technology and the internet have changed the world. Traditionally, leadership comes from the ‘top down’ with leaders telling others what to do and how to do it. The ‘top down’ style reflects the military ‘command and control’ model and was used in factories and schools as a way to achieve controlled efficiency.

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