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Mipim, the world’s largest real estate conference, gets under way in Cannes this on Tuesday expecting 23,000 delegates, and there has rarely been more at stake for countries talking to the international investment community.

Many will be looking for the conference to bring some clarity to what the industry should be looking out for in the year ahead.

CoStar News plans to be there in force covering the breaking news, presentations and trends as well as interviewing key participants. So what should delegates and readers be preparing for?

Lord Dominic Johnson CBE, minister for investment in the Department for Business and Trade, plans to lead a UK delegation looking to attract foreign direct investment into the nation’s major cities and placemaking schemes. He’ll be seeking to reassure an international audience given continued wariness around the UK’s place in the world after Brexit, the pandemic and controversy over government spending plans.

Johnson is to be joined by representatives from a number of UK cities and regions exhibiting including London, Liverpool, Manchester, Belfast, Cardiff Capital Region, Newcastle, West Midlands Combined Authority, West of England and Central South UK, which includes Portsmouth and Southampton.

West Midlands Combined Authority is made up of 17 local councils and three local enterprise partnerships, including the cities of Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton. The Manchester Partnership will promote the 10 Greater Manchester councils, including Manchester City Council, Stockport and Salford City. The London stand will have representatives from the Greater London Authority, City of London and London boroughs.