They also provide a platform for people, no matter their background, to gain the confidence to become leaders in their communities. Your work helps create a vibrant economy and a peaceful society, built on reconciliation, and stronger and deeper relationships. Looking at political relationships north and south, as well as Ireland and Britain, it is clear to me that we need an approach based on hope, understanding and mutual respect. Civic and business leadership has an important role to play in resolving tensions and building reconciliation, helping to strengthen and deepen relationships. Our mission must be to create jobs, create wealth, and provide opportunities for young people in a prosperous and peaceful island for all.