Advocacy in Action - Breakfast with the Lord Mayor of the City of London

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The business breakfast was hosted by the City of Perth and was a unique opportunity for prominent members of Perth’s business community to hear from the Lord Mayor about the City of London’s role as a smart city. As the 691st Lord Mayor, Mr Estlin represents the ‘Square Mile’, home to the UK’s financial and professional services sectors.

The Lord Mayor is focused on innovation, digital technology, promoting lifelong learning and ensuring the City of London is geared towards the future. He discussed the City’s free-to-use outdoor Wi-Fi network, smart-lighting systems, 5G-optimised infrastructure and the new Green Finance Institute.

“The point is to ensure that the City is an attractive, efficient and clean place in which to do business,” said The Lord Mayor.

“The UK’s investment in a green economy and sustainable infrastructure is already reaping dividends.”

The Lord Mayor also outlined a number of challenges facing the City of London which are similar to those in Perth. As new digital technologies continue to emerge, long-established centres must work to stay on the front foot. Additionally, improvements in digital training and upskilling are needed as our respective workplaces continue to evolve.

As the morning’s second speaker, Woodside Chairman Richard Goyder AO used the opportunity to promote Perth’s ongoing innovative spirit.

“During your brief visit to Perth, Lord Mayor, I hope you get a sense of the innovative spirit that animates our city”, said Mr Goyder.

“Our geographic isolation has demanded that we find smarter ways of working, connecting, and take away the tyranny of distance.”

Perth was the first stop on the Lord Mayor’s visit to Australia, where he also visited Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. The objective of the visit was to promote Commonwealth links and provide a clear message about the continued strength and relevance of the City of London as a global hub, regardless of Brexit.


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