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S5W-21724: Joan McAlpine (South Scotland)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 19 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what information it can provide regarding the opening of the Scottish Government Innovation and Investment Hub in Paris.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 20 February 2019

I am pleased to advise of the opening of our Hub in Paris on  18 February. The Hub is located in rue d’Anjou, where Scottish Development International has recently relocated its offices.

The purpose of the Hub is to promote Scotland’s interests in France. This will include building on existing trade and investment activity to boost Scotland’s trade with France and supporting innovation-focussed collaboration and entrepreneurial exchange between the two nations. France was Scotland’s third biggest export market in 2016, the biggest one for food & drink. Furthermore, the Hub will serve as a way of promoting Scotland’s interests in key international organisations based in Paris such as the OECD and UNESCO.

The head of our new Hub in Paris is Lucy Sterne, has extensive Government experience having worked for the Department for Work and Pensions, and, HM Treasury and on secondment to the New Zealand Treasury.