The aim of the Convention of the Highlands and Islands is to strengthen alignment between the Scottish Government and member organisations to contribute to the Government's purpose of focussing Government and public services on creating opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish through increasing sustainable economic growth. CoHI facilitates the exchange of ideas on strategic issues affecting the people of the Highlands and Islands.
Meetings are chaired by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth. Up to 5 Ministers may be present on the day including the First Minister who usually delivers a keynote speech.
Meetings are open to the public but only in the capacity of observers.
It is normal practice to have three papers presented on the day as well as a standing item on economic recovery. Additional information papers may also be prepared. The papers may be written and presented by member agencies or by Scottish Government policy officials. The agenda is determined by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth after wide consultation with the members.
Particular importance is placed on sharing successful experience and showcasing best practice.
At the meetings the subject is debated and action points are agreed either by members or by Ministers and progress is reported at the next meeting.