'I am delighted to be part of the launch of what I am sure will be a highly motivated and effective partnership. This builds on the high level of co-operation which has always existed among the main economic players in the North East.
'The government has made clear its commitment to ensuring that the maximum benefits are derived from the resources we are able to make available to develop Scotland's economy. I have always been convinced that the most effective approach to that task is one which is broad-based and co-ordinated. That approach is clearly being reflected in the decision to launch the Partnership. I look forward to seeing each member of the North East Economic Development Partnership bringing its own particular strengths and expertise to the shared objective of boosting jobs and prosperity in the area.
'I have also very much welcomed the opportunity I have to address the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce. The involvement of the chamber as an associate member of the Partnership is also important in emphasising that organisation's key role in drawing in the experience and investment potential of the private sector in the task of economic regeneration. The chamber already shares an office with the local enterprise company, and provides a valuable resource for the business community as a single gateway to information, advice and support.'
1.The North East Scotland Economic Development Partnership was launched with the signing of a Partnership document by Margaret Smith, leader of Aberdeen Council, Audrey Finlay, leader of Aberdeenshire Council and Maitland Mackie, chairman of Grampian Enterprise Limited.
2.Mr Wilson also addressed the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce over a business lunch. The Chamber has over 1,200 members and is the most influential business organisation in the north east. It provides it members with a range of services including information and training centres, a monthly business bulletin and export development support.