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International Framework


The Scottish Government published its first International Framework in 2008. That Framework set out the context and rationale for the Government's international activities. Over the past four years we have also published Plans setting out the detail of how we will engage with Canada, China, Europe and the EU, India, Pakistan, South Asia, and the United States of America.

The updated Scotland’s International Framework helps to provide a clear focus for international engagement in a rapidly changing world. The refreshed Framework reflects our growing ambition that all of this Government’s overseas engagement will enable Scotland to flourish on the international stage, thus increasing economic growth for Scotland.