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The US fintech company Agio, which provides artificial intelligence technology for the financial services sector, is planning to create a new technology centre in Belfast that will provide these jobs. Up to 19 positions have already been filled by a team of engineers. The other roles, which plan to be filled over the next five years, will be both home positions and jobs based at the technology centre at Urban HQ.

About £650,000 has been offered by Stormont business support agency Invest NI to support the project, with an expected £4.5million worth of annual salaries to be injected into the economy.

While it is based in New York, Agio’s chief revenue officer Gavin Mcgee is originally from Northern Ireland.

He said: “We’ve got great customer feedback on their experience with our Belfast engineers.

“We are confident that a Northern Ireland base will continue to add excellent talent to our service organisation.”

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons also welcomed the announcement at Invest NI HQ in Belfast this morning.

He believes Agio will add to the already booming fintech industry in Northern Ireland.

He said: “Agio’s investment here will add to our pool of expertise, and will lead to the creation of 100 high-quality technology jobs over the next five years.

“Investment such as this will play an important role in building our economic recovery.”

Invest NI chief executive Kevin Holland said: “We’ve been working with Agio since 2019 to showcase our local tech talent through introductions to universities, colleges and existing investors.

“I am delighted that this has led to investment in Northern Ireland.

“It is clear that technology will play a significant part in Northern Ireland’s growth, and this project will make an important contribution to the ICT sector as we move forward post-pandemic.”

The news also comes after Japanese cybersecurity firm Nihon Cyber Defence (NCD) announced a new office in Belfast will create at least 10 jobs.

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NCD also announced the appointment of two experienced cyber security professionals to senior management roles, including former senior PSNI and National Cyber Security Centre officer Dougie Grant as the Managing Director in Europe.

It comes after cybersecurity threats have seen a rapid rise in recent years.

NCD now plan to recruit a team of up to 10 core staff in Belfast over the next 12 months to work with UK and Ireland customers and support existing operations in Japan and other parts of Asia.

NCD CEO Cartan McLaughlin, also originally from Northern Ireland, said: “The launch of the Belfast Office of Nihon Cyber Defence has always been our long-term ambition and it’s exciting to see this taking shape with the appointment of an outstanding local management team.”

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