Judith Cochrane MLA said: “We need to continue to focus on strengthening the economy, creating jobs and doing the work needed to grow our economy for the future.
“It is vital that there is strong collaboration between Departments to help boost our economy. We already have technology in place that allows the sharing of information and it is vital that this technology is used to its potential.
“It is extremely important that we address the cost of division in our society. Alliance is also very keen to promote more shared services on a North-South basis. This is about delivering quality services and ensuring the best value for money. We welcome the fact that the potential for this is now being scoped out through the North-South Ministerial Council.
“I look forward to the outcome of the review of the financial process which will hopefully streamline the Budget and Estimates process and enhance scrutiny by and accountability to the Assembly.”