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31st Oct 2014

GLOBAL BUSINESS LEADERS APPLAUD NI ELECTRICAL SAFETY

Northern Ireland and other regions of the UK are among one of three countries including France and Japan who are setting the benchmark for electrical installation and user safety across the world, according to a global summit hosting in Northern Ireland for the first time. The remarks, made by Mr Akio Nakamura President of International Federation for the Safety of Electricity Users (FISUEL), marked the close of its Global Summit for Electrical Safety hosted in recent days at the Titanic Building. President of FISUEL Mr Akio Nakamura said: "The FISUEL forum allowed leaders from across the world to discuss the significant challenges regarding the use of energy. Our job was to identify the actions, which will help continue to spread and establish electrical safety concepts to guarantee the safe, efficient and rational use of energy. In doing so we identified best practice from regions including Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK along with others like France and Japan. The job is now to continue this work through the promotion of electrical safety throughout the world in the months and years ahead.” The four-day event, sponsored by electrical contractors BI Electrical Services and InvestNI, heard from international experts who urged countries to reach the electrical safety barometer now set by the UK and others indicating that there is still much to be done to standardise electrical safety across the world. FISUEL was set up in 2002 and advises states across the world on the standardisation electrical installation, meets annually to discuss key electrical safety standards issues with the last summit-taking place in Warsaw, Poland. BI Electrical Services board member Jim Speirs, and FISUEL representative, said the event provided an excellent opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland to a wider global audience. He said:“FISUEL is the preeminent body for electrical safety across the world and this was a global forum where key decisions of electrical safety were made. The fact that it was hosted locally demonstrates a growing confidence that Belfast is the place for international business. The delegates who included some of the most senior business leaders of multi-nationals from across the world have made decisions which will help shape electrical standards globally.”