In the current economic climate, creating the right environment to drive economic development is vital to countries and communities. Local government increasingly plays an important part in this, as one of the main promoters and facilitators of local economic development across the Commonwealth. More local governments being given the responsibilities and powers for local economic development, from strategic planning to create the right environment, infrastructure and skills to encourage development and inward investment, to supporting micro-business and promoting youth enterprise, local procurement of goods and services and working with central government, the private sector and other partners to implement joint ventures and partnerships.
Many local authorities in the Commonwealth can demonstrate how their actions have helped energise their local economies: others are just beginning to focus on this as an important responsibility to foster the prosperity and well-being of their communities.
This conference will:
The conference will present a number of case studies that look at issues such as long-term visioning and planning, procurement, gender, skills development and the impact of HIV/AIDs, and offer study visits to some exciting and innovative local economic development projects in and around Cardiff.
A background paper will be published which will look at some of the issues and present case studies from across the Commonwealth.
The outcomes of the discussion will be drawn together as guidelines to support those involved in local government in developing and implementing strategies for local economic development, and after endorsement at the CLGF General Meeting will become part of CLGF policy. They will be presented to Commonwealth Heads of Government for endorsement at their meeting in Perth later in 2011.