National Economic Forum: May 2018

Programme for the 20th National Economic Forum, taking place on 16 May 2018.

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20th National Economic Forum – 16 May 2018

The National Economic Forum is an event at which senior figures from across business, the third sector, trade unions, government and the wider public sector meet to debate how to grow Scotland's economy. Attendance is through invitation only.

The next National Economic Forum is scheduled to take place on the morning of Wednesday Easterbrook Hall, Crichton Campus, Dumfries. The theme for the day is ‘Driving Forward the Rural Economy’. See Programme:

Agenda for the day:

  • 10:15 – 11:00 Registration
  • 11:00 – 11:05 Mr Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business Innovation and Energy welcomes delegates and introduces the First Minister
  • 11:05 – 11:20 First Minister Opening Address
  • 11:20 – 11:40 Business keynote address – Lindsay McQuade, ScottishPower Renewables and Steve Dunlop, Scottish Canals
  • 11:40 -12:15 Q&A Panel with First Minister, Lindsay McQuade, Steve Dunlop and Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Mr Ewing MSP, facilitated by Mr Wheelhouse
  • 12:15 – 13:00 Networking Lunch
  • 13:00 – 14:25 Discussion groups – Chaired by Minister / facilitated by business leaders
    • Creating a new Enterprise Agency for the South of Scotland
    • National Council of Rural Advisers: ‘Changing the Rules of the Game’
    • Developing the Young Workforce – Building a bridge between education and employers
    • Energy supply chains
    • Digital opportunities in rural economies
    • Natural capital
    • Sustainable tourism
  • 14:30 - 14:35 Mr Ewing welcomes delegates back for afternoon session
  • 14:35 – 14:45 Business keynote Alain Dupeyras, Head of the Regional Development and Tourism Division, OECD
  • 14:45 – 15:20 Ministerial Q & A Panel facilitated by Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Mr Ewing MSP
    • Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Mr Swinney MSP
    • Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Mr Brown MSP
    • Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP
    • Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP
  • 15:20 – 15:30 Closing address from Deputy First Minister
  • 15:30 NEF Close
Discussion Paper - Developing the Young Workforce.pdf
Discussion Paper - Sustainable Tourism.pdf
Discussion Report - Sustainable Tourism.pdf
Discussion Paper - Natural Capital.pdf
Discussion Report - Natural Capital.pdf
Discussion Paper - Energy supply chains.pdf
Discussion Report - Energy Supply Chain.pdf
Discussion Paper - National Council of Rural Advisers.pdf
National Economic Forum May 2018 - delegate list.xlsx
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