David J Birrell: Booming Asia is the big prize for Scottish business

During this year it is ­expected that Asia’s GDP will overtake the GDP of the rest of the world ­combined. By 2030, the region is expected to ­contribute roughly 60 per cent of ­global growth, providing endless opportunities for our next generation of leaders and businesses in Scotland.

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The challenge is however, whether levels of ambition are unleashed and market insight pro-actively shared effectively across different business sectors to ensure government resources, both at a UK and Scotland level, are aligned to optimise a share of this great prize.

Unfortunately our track record so far in Scotland is weaker than many other regions of the UK. No Asian country is included in Scotland’s ­current top 10 export markets and, whilst we like to pride ourselves on being an international country, unfortunately this is not yet reflected in our economy.