Panel re­shaped

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Auck­land Cham­ber of Com­merce chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Bar­nett will lead a re­shaped Busi­ness Ad­vi­sory Panel aimed at en­sur­ing a stronger work­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween Auck­land Coun­cil and the busi­ness sec­tor.

Mem­ber­ship and the terms of ref­er­ence for the group will be an­nounced in the new year.

Mr Bar­nett says the role is to put a fo­cus on Auck­land lift­ing its eco­nomic per­for­mance.

‘‘This won’t be about re­lit­i­gat­ing the coun­cil’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment strat­egy. The fo­cus will be get­ting trac­tion on the is­sues we all agree re­quire ur­gent at­ten­tion.’’

Th­ese in­clude ad­dress­ing Auck­land’s high youth un­em­ploy­ment, en­cour­ag­ing more Auck­land busi­nesses to get se­ri­ously into ex­port­ing, es­pe­cially in Asia, and at­tract­ing the in­vest­ment needed to ad­dress the city’s in­fra­struc­ture deficit and skill short­ages.

Coun­cil­lor Cameron Brewer will act as a li­ai­son for the coun­cil’s gov­ern­ing body.

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