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By Fiona Reid
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Views now wanted on economic strategy

CONSULTATION has now started on the draft first ever South of Scotland Regional Economic Strategy.

And views can be submitted until August 16 at https://sosrep.dumgal.gov.uk/.

The draft strategy is the work of the South of Scotland Regional Economic Partnership (REP), which is made up of representatives from a wide range of organisations, sectors and groups who are based in, or work across the South of Scotland.

It will shape the region’s future economic direction to set out a clear, collective, and compelling vision up to 2031, focussed on long term outcomes.

There are six themes which have been identified as key to creating a greener, fairer and flourishing South of Scotland:

• Skilled and ambitious people

• Innovative and enterprising

• Rewarding and fair work

• Cultural and creative excellence

• Green and sustainable economy

• Thriving and distinct communities

Following the consultation, the final version of the strategy is expected to be published in September.

Urging people in Dumfries and Galloway to take part, joint chair of the REP Councillor Rob Davidson, said: “The Regional Economic Strategy is a significant opportunity for the South of Scotland.

“Despite the challenges of Covid-19 we want to continue to listen and reflect what matters to those who live, work and operate across the South, so we would encourage everyone to take part in this important consultation.”

And Scottish Government Business Minister Ivan McKee added: “This economic strategy will define key areas of opportunity for the south of Scotland and provide a framework for partnership working that will help maximise the region’s future economic potential.

“It is important those who live and work across the south of Scotland help shape their future and so I would encourage everyone with an interest in the region’s economy to contribute to this important consultation.”

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