The Economic Development Association Scotland (EDAS) will today launch a publication setting out the case for strengthening Scotland’s trade links with the wider world.
Outlook, Culture and Scottish Internationalisation features a series of articles written by prominent figures from Scotland’s academic, business and public sector arenas, including former Aggreko International managing director Derek Shepherd and Scots lawyer David Scrimgeour.
EDAS chair Robert Pollock said: “Smaller nations, like Scotland, should celebrate the diversity, creativity and insights they bring to the global table. Our country has much to offer and we should share it in this dynamic and ever shrinking world.
“Scotland needs a national collaborative system that can harness our collective spirit, energy, resilience and resourcefulness. EDAS’ publication offers valuable insight and aims to act as a catalyst for greater internationalisation in the coming years.”
Today’s launch, hosted by the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Cultural Relations, is backed by Scottish Development International (SDI), which is tasked with helping companies to grow their exports and attracting investment into Scotland.
It comes after the Scottish Government last month launched its new trade and investment strategy, a five-year plan that includes measures such as tripling the number of exporting advisers in Scotland and beefing up SDI’s high growth market unit to help firms expand in China, India and the Middle East.
Announcing the strategy, Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “Scotland continues to be the most attractive place in the UK outside London for inward investment and events such as the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup have put Scotland firmly on the map.
“With international exports increasing by 17 per cent in the past five years, the strategy builds on this success and aims to help more Scottish businesses sell more goods and services to more markets, while helping existing investors to develop and grow in Scotland.”