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S5W-06111: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what trade delegations there have been since May 2016, broken down by country, and which of these have led to increased exporting.

Answered by: Keith Brown 24 January 2017

Scottish Development International (SDI) is a tripartite arrangement between Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. SDI provides support for companies to establish and grow their businesses in Scotland and help companies to expand their international trade. SDI’s programme of international market events (held both in Scotland and abroad) are designed to support an increase in international trade and investment and form part of an integrated package of international support for the Scotland’s sectors and companies. SDI undertake a robust appraisal process for each event and following each event companies are asked for feedback including any potential international sales secured. However, there is in most cases a lag between attending the event and securing international orders. SDI is currently undertaking a formal evaluation of all its international activity which will include international market events. Scottish export statistics are published on an annual basis.

The following table contains a breakdown of trade delegations since May 2016:

By Country

Number of visits by delegations between 01 May 2016 – 18 Jan 2017

Algeria and Morocco

1

Belgium

3

Canada

2

Denmark

1

France

2

Germany

4

Hong Kong

1

India

1

Ireland

1

Japan

4

Mexico

1

Netherlands

1

Norway

2

Portugal

1

Saudi Arabia

1

Senegal & Ivory Coast

1

Singapore

3

Spain

2

Sweden

1

Taiwan

1

Tanzania and Mozambique

1

UAE

3

USA

7

Total

45