Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson says the South of Scotland Enterprise Agency must truly meet the needs of local people.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP led the Stage One debate on the bill for his party, who committed to proposals for a dedicated South of Scotland Enterprise Agency in their 2016 election manifesto.
Mr Carson welcomed the agency while highlighting the need for a clear communication strategy to ensure businesses know how they can benefit from it, as well as stressing a desire for an emphasis on business involvement over the local authority in the process.
Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “I am extremely pleased that the Scottish Conservative manifesto commitment for a South of Scotland Enterprise Agency is being delivered by the SNP Government.
“The needs of the region have been overlooked for too long by this SNP Government, and the agency is designed to focus on addressing those concerns.
“As we progress on passing the agency into legislation, it is absolutely vital we get the set-up right.
“Alongside the recently announced Borderlands Growth Deal, we have a real opportunity to deliver a major economic boost for the South of Scotland and encourage people to live, work and invest here.
“I will be continuing to ensure at the next stages of the bill that this truly meets the needs of the people in my constituency and the region.”