Business leaders, academics and economists appointed to a new economic advisory council will meet for the first time today (Thursday 22 July).
The Advisory Council on Economic Transformation, chaired by Economy Secretary Kate Forbes MSP, will help shape an ambitious 10 year national strategy that prioritises investment in the industries of the future and delivers new, good and green jobs.
As Scotland recovers from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic citizens are being asked to share their views on how best Scotland can work together to build an economy that works for everyone.
Ms Forbes said:
“This Advisory Council will help us develop a bold and ambitious 10 year economic strategy that guides Scotland’s economy to the opportunities of the future. Entrepreneurs, business experts, trade unions and economists will work together to deliver a focused plan of actions and projects that will help transform our economy.
“To ensure this strategy delivers the transformational change Scotland needs, this must be a national endeavour and so we want to hear directly from business, workers, and stakeholders across the country.
“I am grateful to those who have already sent their suggestions and I would encourage all those with an interest in our economy to share their views and help shape this ambitious strategy. This is an invitation to the entrepreneurs, thinkers and job creators to work with us to make Scotland thrive.”
Kenneth Gibson MSP commented:
“It’s great to see that this versatile group of industry and academic experts is hitting the ground running already.
“Our economic recovery is of huge importance and gives us the opportunity to choose transformational change by listening to these specialist voices, and of course your own if you wish to share it.”
Businesses, organisations, stakeholders and members of the public are asked to email their suggestions on the development of this strategy by 27 August.