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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-06266: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 18 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to improve Scotland’s domestic (inter-UK) economic competiveness.

Answered by: Keith Brown 27 January 2017

Improving the competiveness of Scotland’s economy is a central aim of Scotland’s Economic Strategy (SES). Our approach is based on the twin objectives of boosting competitiveness and tackling inequality.

The SES sets out 4 priority areas for supporting Scotland’s economic growth: Internationalisation, Investment, Innovation and Inclusive Growth. We are taking action under these 4 areas. We have established a Board of Trade, and are creating permanent trade representation in Berlin to add to our Innovation and Investment Hubs in Dublin, London and Brussels. The Scottish Growth Scheme will help to support investment in Scotland. We’re taking forward a number of actions to improve our innovation performance. We’re also equipping our young people for the future by increasing the number of Modern Apprenticeship opportunities to 30,000 per year by 2020.

Our Enterprise and Skills Review will bring even greater integration and focus to the delivery of our enterprise and skills support, to help ensure we maximise the contribution our agencies make to improving Scotland’s economic performance.