Leader attends Convention of Highlands and Islands in Shetland

The Convention of the Highlands and Islands is being held in Lerwick, Shetland today (Monday).

The Convention, which meets twice a year at different locations around the country, aims to strengthen the links between the Scottish Government and other public agencies, with a focus on increasing sustainable economic growth. There’s particular emphasis on sharing successful experience, and showcasing best practice.

The Convention is chaired by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment & Sustainable Growth, John Swinney, MSP. Also in attendance on the day will be Minister for Energy, Enterprise & Tourism Fergus Ewing and Public Health Minister Michael Matheson. Leader of the Comhairle Angus Campbell is on Shetland for the meeting.

Over fifty delegates from local authorities and public bodies across Scotland will attend the event at Mareel in Lerwick, which will include sessions on Community Planning, and the national plan for delivering telehealth and telecare.

Speaking ahead of the Convention, Shetland Islands Council Convener Malcolm Bell said he welcomed the opportunities it presents: “We’re delighted to be hosting this important event, which involves Scottish government ministers and public bodies from all over Scotland. This gives us a tremendous opportunity to showcase Shetland, develop and strengthen links with other organisations, and learn from their experiences.”