A global gateway for the UK and the North and a world centre for trade across the region’s prime and enabling sectors.

Those are just two of the ambitions for Greater Manchester as part of the region’s Internationalisation Strategy.

Yesterday at the Manchester Festival Hub in Albert Square, Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council laid out the three-year framework for action which he said would be worth more than £2.2bn to the region’s economy.

” We’ve now been ranked a top 10 global city for FDI Strategy by fDi Global Cities of the Future, and in Lonely Planet’s ‘best in travel’. The city’s profile has now never been stronger, with significant developments in key sectors, workforce skills, and quality of life to name a few.

“Our infrastructure is seeing remarkable development with Metrolink continuing its expansion across the region and Manchester Airport, which connects Manchester to over 200 destinations worldwide, recently reporting its 38th month of consecutive passenger growth.

“Greater Manchester is also finding itself at the centre of some seismic shifts in the political landscape to which it must respond. With Brexit likely to significantly change the way the UK deals with the rest of the world in terms of trade, FDI, and research, it’s vital that we make clear our continuing international ambitions.

Among the other ambitions are to make the region the best UK destination for international students, make us a world class visitor hub and build the Manchester brand and reputation by telling our story brilliantly to the global audience.

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