ACSEF chairman Tom Smith is urging business leaders to attend, despite recent political decisions. He said: ""The summit is a platform where the business community can demonstrate its unity and commitment to city centre regeneration, transport infrastructure and new developments. Following the decision not to proceed with the City Garden Project, the business community has expressed disappointment and frustration but the City Garden is only one of several infrastructure improvements to secure our long-term economic future and our position as a global energy hub. It is vital that businesses attend the summit to ensure their views on economic development are taken into account."
"Our economy continues to punch well above its weight compared to other regional economies in the UK. Yet the public funding we receive is not commensurate with this economic contribution. ACSEF is continuing to fight our corner but we also acknowledge that the public purse is under increasing pressure. The economic summit aims to highlight this inequity to government officials and politicians and help us fight for our fair share.
Mark Higginson, senior partner of PWC and Rod Christie, president and CEO of Subsea Systems at GE Energy Oil & Gas have been announced as the final speakers in the line-up for the event. They will be joining Sir Peter Housden, the Scottish Government's Permanent Secretary and Paul Skinner, the non-executive chairman of Infrastructure UK – a division of HM Treasury mandated to bring a strategic focus to the planning, development, funding and implementation of infrastructure projects across all sectors of the UK Economy. Aberdeen Airport, managing director, Derek Provan will examine what is required from future investment and what it can achieve locally and nationally while Gordon McIntosh, who chairs the ACSEF management team, will propose an innovative funding mechanism that could be used to finance projects in the region.