Mr Forsyth praised the substantial investment being made by private companies in Wester Hailes and welcomed their partnership with the local community and the public sector in revitalising the area.
On completion West Side Plaza will also contain new £1.2m local council offices, a £1.5m public library and a £1.7m civic square funded by public sector members of the Partnership. Total investment in the plaza totals approximately £15m - £9.1m from the private sector and £5.6m from the public sector.
'Highland and Universal, the owners of West Side Plaza, and co-developers ABC and Gala are to be congratulated on their massive £9m investment in retail and leisure facilities for the Wester Hailes community,' Mr Forsyth said.
'This highly successful approach is now being extended across Scotland under Programme for Partnership and we look forward to further valuable links of this kind being forged in other deprived communities.'