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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-16049: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 18 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the commitment in its Enterprise and Skills Review: Report on Phase 2 to "develop a clearer shared understanding of priority countries....by end 2017", which priority countries were identified.

Answered by: Keith Brown 8 May 2018

The specific commitment within the Enterprise & Skills Review report was to “Develop a clearer, shared understanding of priority countries, recognising that these may be different for trade, investment and Scotland’s other interests”. This agreement recognises that different organisations have different priority countries depending on their specific objectives but that the benefit of this overseas presence and knowledge can be shared and exploited among partners. This is part of the wider commitment by partners to work more effectively together to deliver Scotland’s international trade and investment ambitions and to maximise the economic and social benefit to Scotland.