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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

Leading Experts appointed to Advisory Council for Economic Transformation

Business leaders, academics and economists have been appointed to the SNP Government’s new Advisory Council to help shape its 10 year National Strategy will drive Scotland’s economic transformation as the country recovers from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and transitions to a net zero economy.

Working to unleash entrepreneurial potential and grow Scotland’s competitive business base, this strategy will prioritise investment in the industries of the future and deliver new, good and green jobs.

Drawing on their extensive experience and contacts, members will use their insight to bring forward bold ideas that will transform the economy.

People across Scotland are also being encouraged to share their views on how the country can work together to deliver greater, greener and fairer prosperity.

Economy Secretary Kate Forbes MSP, who will chair the Advisory Council said:

"As we emerge from the pandemic, we must work together to seize Scotland’s potential and build an economy for everyone by delivering greater, greener and fairer prosperity.

“The pandemic has led to fundamental shifts in sectors such as retail, and changed the way many businesses operate with more online trading and remote working. We need to build on these innovations and guide our economy to the industries and opportunities of the future.

“Our 10 year National Strategy for Economic Transformation will utilise the expertise of business, trade unions and economists to deliver a focussed plan of actions and projects to help transform our economy and help us reach net zero.”

Kenneth Gibson MSP commented:

“This appointment of 17 business leaders, academics and economists is a great first step in the process of our economic transformation.

“However, the SNP Government is keen to obtain views of entrepreneurs and any other stakeholders, so I encourage anyone who has a vision to email their suggestions and opinions on the development of the National Strategy for Economic Transformation at:

by 27 August.”

The Advisory Council consists of 17 members who will work over the summer and early autumn to put forward bold ideas on how to transform the Scottish economy. A smaller group of members will then be asked to oversee its implementation.



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