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Thursday, March 12, 2024

Team Scotland set off for MIPIM 2009

Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International will this week lead a delegation of public and private sector partners to MIPIM 2009 - the world's largest real estate exhibition, held annually in Cannes.

During the event, which runs from 10-13 March, Team Scotland will host a number of events focusing on Scottish infrastructure issues ranging from the development of Dundee Waterfront, to hotel and resort investment, building opportunities in the economic downturn and urban regeneration.

The leaders of Glasgow and Edinburgh city councils will also take part in a "Mayors' Think Tank" which will involve 50-60 international mayors and political leaders exchanging ideas and discussing new urban challenges.

The purpose of the Team Scotland delegation is to raise awareness of Scotland's key infrastructure projects, assets and resources. Among the initiatives to be showcased are Glasgow's Digital Media Quarter, Irvine Bay Urban Regeneration Company, Edinburgh BioQuarter and Energetica in Aberdeen.

Stephen Gallagher, director of business infrastructure at Scottish Enterprise, said:

"Clearly the whole property industry is experiencing a difficult time at the moment, but we need to make sure we do not lose momentum in the development of some of our key projects, which have the potential to make a lasting difference to Scotland's economy.

"We've got a fantastic schedule of events lined up at MIPIM next week to make sure we're taking every opportunity to raise the profile of key infrastructure projects such as Energetica, Edinburgh BioQuarter and Glasgow's Digital Media Quarter on the international property scene.

"In doing so, we hope to attract new partners and inward investment for infrastructure projects which will contribute to the growth of Scotland's economy."

Ken Ross, chairman of the Scottish Property Federation, added: "This delegation represents an investment in the future, something which is particularly important in the current climate, when networking and identifying opportunities between the private and public sector are essential for our continued sustainability here in Scotland."