The Scottish Government is developing a programme of engagement with South Asia, which includes the:
The Scottish Government is committed to strengthening links between Scotland and India, building on the long history of trading between the two countries. Modern business and cultural links have developed between Scotland and India, nurtured by the strong ties of friendship and collaboration.
India has the world's twelfth largest economy, and is the fourth largest purchasing power after the US, China and Japan.
India is Scotland's second largest international market for further and higher education students. Under the Fresh Talent Initiative around 3,000 Indian graduates remained in Scotland after completing their studies, working under a dedicated Scottish visa.
Indian tourists spent an average of £16 million in Scotland per year over 2005-2008.
The Scottish Government's India Plan recognises the need for closely targeted activity to maximise the economic opportunities and focuses on four key areas - tourism, education and science, trade and investment, and cultural links.