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Regional Economic Forums

The establishment of Regional Economic Forums (called the Regional Economic Task Group in South West region) is in response to the launch on 3 October 2008 by the Prime Minister of the National Economic Council, Regional Economic Council and Council of Regional Ministers, which are to provide a new approach to coordinating economic policies across Government.

The National Economic Council, chaired by the Prime Minister, will coordinate economic policies across Government; the Regional Economic Council will involve Regional Ministers, Regional Development Agency chairs and other relevant groups and will ensure that the issues and concerns of each region are heard and acted on across Government; and the Council of Regional Ministers will identify common issues from across the regions and take action where appropriate, including making recommendations to the National Economic Council and the Regional Economic Council.

What is the Regional Economic Task Group (RETG)?

The RETG is a made up of key regional bodies, who will meet on a monthly basis to take a collective, strategic perspective on regional economic issues, and establish ways of joining up efforts to speed up the response to economic, employment, financial and housing challenges in the region.

The Task Group will also feed back information to the National and Regional Economic Councils and Council of Regional Ministers and advise them on particular issues facing the South West of England, and some of the measures put in place to tackle regional challenges.

For further information on RETG please see the link below.

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Economy, Growth and Regeneration Directorate
Government Office for the South West
2 Rivergate
Temple Quay
tel: 0117 900 1830
fax: 0117 900 1916

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