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S5W-22121: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 13 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what assistance it makes available to businesses seeking to take advantage of opportunities presented by the (a) 2019 Rugby World Cup and (b) 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Japan.

Answered by: Ivan McKee 26 March 2019

Scottish Government through SDI support will provide assistance to businesses. We will be announcing the details of the available programmes along with particular pieces of activities shortly.

It is anticipated that opportunities will be significantly trade-focussed and with inward investment opportunities being explored and exploited where relevant and possible. Specific objectives include:

  • Exploring engagement opportunities with individual Scottish companies to help them gain exposure in the Japanese market;
  • Creating a pull and demand for Scottish products and services in Japan;
  • Building awareness of Scotland as an attractive location for inward investment and Scottish companies as dynamic partners.

Scotland will have a presence in Yokahama during the Rugby World Cup and in the lead up to the Ireland and Japan games we will use it as a platform for engagement.

During 2018-2019 SDI have supported 86 Scottish companies in Japan. Current SDI activity to support Scottish businesses in Japan include trade events focussed on Food & Drink with SDI having a presence at FoodEx Tokyo (March 2019) and Seafood Scotland will attend Japan International Seafood and Technology Show in Tokyo (August 2019).