CGI: “a carefully selected group of the world’s best minds and most distinguished problem-solvers…”

As Alan has noted, Northern Ireland Employment Minister, and out-going UUP Leader, Sir Reg Empey will be attending this year’s meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative [CGI].

Last year the CGI held a special session on Northern Ireland, which the Employment Minister also attended.  As did the NI Secretary of State and the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, along with others from within the NI Executive – and without.

But what will the NI Employment Minister report back to the CGI on?  Beyond the one-day US economic forum on Northern Ireland to be held later in October?

And is the International Representative for west Belfast still “a member of the CGI”?

If Gerry Adams was only ever a “complimentary” member, for the purposes of that one-off session in 2009, the $20,000 annual fee required should probably have been declared…

Adds  As Mark notes in the comments zone, apparently Gerry Adams is still a member…

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  • William Markfelt

    The Worlds Best Minds and most distinguished problem solvers?

    I’ve read your text and clicked all of the links, but I still can’t see anyone who fits the bill actually named.

  • Pete Baker

    Yes… well…

  • Cynic

    Come come, anyone who tells the lies some of our representatives do and get away with it have got to be great thinkers.

    Then there are all those who can buy a large house in Belfast and in Donegal and all on the average industrial wage. Financial geniuses to a man – and I mean man – we don’t let the weemin do anything important

  • joeCanuck

    Yes, William. I did the same but couldn’t find out who did the selecting.
    The CEO is from Goldman Sachs and the “graduates” of that place seem to have an excess of power and make me nervous. Although that firm survived the “meltdown”, I believe they were among the leaders of those dubious financial dealings that brought us to the brink of disaster, and it ain’t over yet.
    Nevertheless it does seem to be a wonderful initiative and their website says that 57 billion dollars have been committed. Now there is often a huge gap between pledges and actual donations, but if those people who have made the pledges actually have control of such a sum of money and do pay up, a lot of good may result.

  • Mark McGregor


    Adams is a featured attendee at the CGI AGM this week

    I doubt he was charged anything.

  • Pete Baker

    Thanks Mark. I’ve updated the post accordingly.

  • pinni

    the world’s best minds – Empey, Adams …


  • William Markfelt

    Also in attendance:

    Avril Lavigne. Demi Moore. Ben Stiller. Lance Armstrong.

    Actually, in that company, Gerry and Reg look like fucking Socrates and Wittgenstein.

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