DETI's goal is "to grow a dynamic, innovative economy"
The Department plays a crucial role in formulating and delivering economic development policy in terms of Enterprise, Social Economy, Innovation, Energy, Telecoms, and Tourism in Northern Ireland. In addition, the Department has responsibility for ensuring a modern regulatory framework to support business and protect consumers.
DETI sponsors a number of agencies, established as Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs). These have a key role in terms of implementing and delivering the Executive's and the Department's economic development policy. The Department also acts as co-sponsor to two organisations set up under the Belfast Agreement - InterTradeIreland (ITI) and Tourism Ireland Limited (TIL).
Non Departmental Public Bodies
Invest NI is responsible for the delivery of the Department's policies and strategies in relation to business support in Northern Ireland. These include encouraging investment (foreign and indigenous); stimulating entrepreneurial activity; increasing exports and trade; promoting R&D/innovation; and providing development support. InterTradeIreland, working with Invest NI and its counterparts in the Republic of Ireland, also plays an important role as a facilitator of all-island competitiveness.
Tourism Northern Ireland is responsible for the development, promotion and marketing of Northern Ireland, in the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland, as a tourist destination. In doing so, it works closely with Tourism Ireland Ltd which is responsible for marketing the island of Ireland in Great Britain and overseas.
The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland is responsible for the promotion and enforcement of health and safety at work, endeavouring to reduce the incidents of, and costs associated with, work-related injuries and ill-health.
The Consumer Council for Northern Ireland promotes and safeguards the interests of consumers in Northern Ireland and delivers consumer education, skills and information. In doing so, it strives to ensure that consumer issues are taken into account in the development and implementation of policy.
In addition, DETI has been the primary funder of the Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP) and along with the Department for Regional Development and the Department of Finance and Personnel works closely with the independent Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation (NIAUR) in the development and regulation of the electricity and gas industry.
The Departmental Board is chaired by the Permanent Secretary and manages the Department within the strategic framework set by the Minister. It supports the Permanent Secretary by providing collective leadership and taking ownership of the Department’s performance. The Deputy Secretaries responsible for Policy Group and Management Services Group are members, as are the Heads of Division with responsibility for Human Resources and Finance. In addition two Independent Board Members, Mr David Beck and Mrs Claire Hughes, who are not Civil Servants, sit on the Departmental Board. The Board meets on a regular basis and has established a Departmental Audit Committee which operates as a sub committee of the Board. The Departmental Audit Committee is chaired by Mr David Beck and meets at least four times a year. The Chairman reports to the Departmental Board following each meeting.
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