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  1. Scotland at Expo 2020 Dubai: evaluation report

    An evaluation report detailing the work undertaken in developing and delivering Scotland's programme of activity and engagement at the EXPO 2020 Dubai between October 2021 and March 2022, highlighting outcomes achieved and recommendations to support participation at future World Expo events.

  2. Delivering Scotland’s trading aims

    Revitalised Trade Board membership.

  3. Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board: key achievements and lessons

    This publication covers the key achievements of the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board (ESSB) and their lessons for enhancing delivery. This will help inform the National Strategic for Economic Transformation (NSET) Delivery Board.

  4. Scottish Government at COP26: What was achieved?

    This report provides an account of the activities delivered through the Scottish Government’s COP26 programme and how that activity supported the Scottish Government’s main climate related policy aims.

  5. Safeguarding the food and drink sector

    Chancellor urged to avoid trade war.

  6. New US Trade and Investment Envoys

    Extending international business links.

  7. Strengthening bonds with US and Canada

    Cabinet Secretary engagements in North America.

  8. Vision for Trade annual report

    A responsible approach to global markets.

  9. Scotland's Vision for Trade: annual report - March 2022

    Our first annual report on Scotland's Vision for Trade, outlining the range of specific actions that we have taken over the past year and our continued ambition to make trade-related decisions based on the principles of inclusive growth, wellbeing, sustainability, net zero and good governance.

  10. Growing tech exports

    Action plan published to identify new markets and opportunities.

  11. Technology sector export plan

    This plan reaffirms the commitments made from ‘A Trading Nation’ to ensure our trade and investment agenda is front and centre of our economic growth strategy. Co-produced with stakeholders in the technology sector, this plan aims to substantially increase Scotland’s exports of technology.

  12. Urgent action needed to tackle cost of living

    Finance Secretary writes to Treasury ahead of Spring Statement.

  13. Economic Crime Bill

    Greater powers to fight corruption.

  14. Stop trading with Russia

    Businesses urged to show solidarity to Ukraine.

  15. Potato exports guide

    Information on the conditions and phytosanitary requirements for the export of Scottish potatoes, where known by country.

  16. Scotland National Strategy for Economic Transformation: evidence paper

    This Evidence Paper presents evidence on the structure and performance of Scotland’s economy, and identifies areas where the new National Strategy for Economic Transformation must take action to deliver transformational improvements to Scotland’s economic performance.

  17. Scotland National Strategy for Economic Transformation: industry leadership groups and sector groups - evidence

    This paper provides summary evidence received from Scotland's industry leadership groups and other economic sector groups as part of the National Strategy for Economic Transformation engagement process.

  18. Deal agreed to establish Green Freeports

    Scottish and UK Government reach agreement.

  19. Scottish success at World Expo

    Companies secure contracts from global showcase.

  20. International travel testing updated

    Scotland to align with UK testing regime.

  21. Artificial intelligence strategy: trustworthy, ethical and inclusive

    Our artificial intelligence (AI) strategy sets out a vision for AI in Scotland, the principles that will guide us, and the actions we’ll take to develop and strengthen our AI ecosystem over the next five years.

  22. Investing with Purpose: global capital investment plan

    Plan articulating the important role private capital investment can play in driving an investment-led recovery. The plan focuses on sectors where Scotland can demonstrate a real international comparative advantage, and marks a pivot in our approach towards targeting ESG investment.

  23. New border control post at Cairnryan

    Site to be used for post-Brexit import inspections.

  24. Scotland’s Vision for Trade

    Economic, social and climate ambitions at heart of approach.

  25. Trade: our vision

    The trade vision sets out our trade principles of inclusive growth, wellbeing, sustainability, net zero and good governance. These principles are rooted in Scotland’s National Performance Framework and will underpin the trading and investment relationships we want for Scotland.

  26. Response to agreement to reopen French border

    Call to prioritise perishable goods hauliers.

  27. Shaping Scotland's Economy – inward investment plan: Fairer Scotland Duty Assessment

    Fairer Scotland Duty Assessment (FSDA) - an evidence based assessment of potential direct or indirect socio-economic and inequalities of outcome impacts from delivery of Shaping Scotland's Economy, Scotland's Inward Investment Plan.

  28. Shaping Scotland's economy: inward investment plan

    Shaping Scotland’s Economy: Scotland’s Inward Investment Plan sets out our ambition for Scotland as a leading destination for inward investment aligned with our values as a nation.

  29. Finance, Constitution Committee briefed on Single Market

    Proposal ‘bad for consumers and business, and disastrous for devolution’.

  30. Parliament briefed on risks from a UK Internal Market

    Constitution Secretary calls UK White Paper “disastrous for devolution”.

  31. Coronavirus (COVID-19): the case for extending the Brexit transition period

    This paper sets out why it is vital, if we are to ensure the most rapid recovery possible from the COVID-19 crisis, that the UK Government immediately seeks an extension to the Brexit transition period (scheduled to finish on 31 December 2020) for two years.

  32. ‘Reckless’ approach to US trade talks

    Proposed deal damaging for Scotland.

  33. UK mandate will hit Scotland’s economy

    EU talks plan sets “extraordinarily low bar.”

  34. Scottish exports increase

    Figures show growing value of European market.

  35. Boosting Scotland's exports

    First Minister stresses importance of international links.

  36. Scotch Beef back on the menu

    Canadian restaurant first to sell Scotch Beef since 1996. 

  37. A Trading Nation - a plan to grow Scotland's exports: FSDA

    Fairer Scotland duty assessment (FSDA) - an evidence based assessment of potential direct or indirect socio economic and inequalities of outcome impacts from delivery of A Trading Nation export growth plan.

  38. A Trading Nation - a plan to grow Scotland's exports: EQIA

    An evidence based assessment of potential equalities impacts from delivery of A Trading Nation export growth plan.

  39. Promoting Scotland-US relations

    Trade Minister visits US.

  40. Salmon exports to Japan

    Demand increasing in deal with sushi chain.

  41. Japanese firm sets sights on Scotland

    Plans for Glasgow base.

  42. Mission to strengthen links with Japan

    Trade and culture on the agenda

  43. Red meat exports: potential administrative costs of trade under WTO rules

    This research investigated what the costs will be incurred by Scotland’s red meat export sector when dealing with the EU under World Trade Organisation regulations.

  44. Arctic Connections: Scotland's Arctic policy framework

    A prospectus for cooperation, knowledge-exchange and policy partnerships between Scotland and the Arctic.

  45. Building ties with Germany

    First Minister visits Berlin.

  46. Food and drink exports

    Five year vision outlined.

  47. Scotland's export performance monitor

    Analysis produced to support the development of our new export growth plan 'Scotland: a trading nation'.

  48. No-deal Brexit: economic implications for Scotland

    Illustration of the potential impact that a no-deal Brexit - leaving the EU on the 29th March 2019 without a transition period or agreement on any future trade deal and wider economic relationship - could have on the Scottish economy over the next 12-24 months.

  49. State of the economy: February 2019

    Report produced tri-annually by the Chief Economic Adviser to provide a picture of the Scottish economy in an international context, including Brexit impact analysis.

  50. Promoting Scottish business abroad

    Engagement with corporate leaders in North America.

  51. Showcasing food and drink

    First Minister promotes Scotland’s natural larder in Canada.

  52. Strengthening ties with Canada

    Scottish office in Ottawa opens.

  53. International exports continue to rise

    Majority of growth in exports to EU countries.

  54. Scotland’s exports increase

    A National Statistics publication for Scotland.

  55. Brexit and businesses: sectoral impact analysis

    This Brexit readiness assessment summarises the risks to business of a no-deal Brexit and captures the views of over 80 businesses and trade associations.

  56. Trade policy: response to UK Government consultation on future free trade agreements

    The Scottish Government’s initial response to consultations on the UK’s future trade relationships with Australia, New Zealand, and USA.

  57. Brexit deal uncertainty

    EU trade and agreements worth £16.4 billion to Scotland.

  58. Strengthening ties with India

    Deputy First Minister to promote Scotland internationally.

  59. Arctic Circle Assembly 2018: minister's speech

    Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop speaks on 'Scotland: a New Arctic Strategy' at the Harpa Centre, Reykjavik, October 2018.

  60. Investing in the Malawian economy

    £418,000 allocated to businesses to drive development.

  61. Minister visit to Southern Africa

    International development and strengthening relationships.

  62. Delivering for today, investing for tomorrow: the Government's programme for Scotland 2018-2019

    The Programme for Government sets out our plans for the next year, including the Bills that will be introduced to the Scottish Parliament.

  63. Scotland's role in the development of future UK trade arrangements

    This paper discusses the role of the Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament and others in the development of future UK trade arrangements, to help ensure that Scotland’s economic and other interests can be protected and enhanced.

  64. Growing exports to Germany

    FM heads business delegation to Berlin.

  65. Scotland's International Framework: China engagement strategy

    Scotland's commitment to a strong, long-term, bilateral partnership with China.

  66. Germany hub opens for business

    Latest innovation & investment office launched in Berlin.

  67. Global campaign takes Scotland to the world

  68. International exports still on the rise

    Upward trend continues.

  69. Scotland's International Policy Framework and priorities 2018: speech

    External Affairs Secretary, Fiona Hyslop, addresses the Scottish Parliament on Scotland's International Policy.

  70. Budget sets out economic growth package

    Economic expansion at centre of spending plans.

  71. Scotland’s Budget

    Investing in the NHS, protecting low earners, backing Scotland’s economy.

  72. Scotland's international framework 2017

    Scotland’s International Framework sets out how our international work supports the Government’s central purpose of creating a more successful country.

  73. Scotland's international policy statement 2017

    This policy statement builds on the four strategic objectives outlined in Scotland's International Framework.

  74. Scotland and India collaborate on social enterprise

    “World-leading” expertise to support social entrepreneurs in India.

  75. Trade Envoys appointed

    Team will champion Scottish businesses abroad.

  76. Deputy First Minister visits India

    Focus on education, skills and the economy.

  77. Decommissioning fund awards

    £1.1 million to applicants in first round of funding.

  78. Fracking debate

    Scottish Parliament endorses ban.

  79. £10.5m investment in life sciences

    Biospyder and Acadian seek new opportunities in Scotland.

  80. Haggis on the menu in Canada

    Scotland to start exports of haggis for the first time in 46 years.

  81. Economy Secretary visits US and Canada

    Promoting Scotland internationally.

  82. Regional trade statistics

    47% of exports are to EU.

  83. Nordic Baltic policy statement

    Statement aiming to strengthen relationships with countries in the Nordic and Baltic regions by promoting policy exchange and collaboration.

  84. Support for Scottish businesses abroad

    First Minister outlines government backing to increase exports.

  85. Brexit planning process 'unacceptable'

    Minister raises concerns over lack of engagement by UK Government.

  86. A nation with ambition: the Government's Programme for Scotland 2017-2018

    The Programme for Government 2017 to 2018 sets out the actions we will take in the forthcoming year.

  87. A nation with ambition: the Government's Programme for Scotland 2017-2018 (executive summary)

    Summary of our Programme for Government 2017 to 2018, setting out the actions we will take in the forthcoming year.

  88. £5.3 million for Ayrshire

    Funding for The HALO regeneration project on former Diageo site.

  89. Amendments to UK Brexit Bill will be proposed

    First Ministers of Wales and Scotland agree actions to counter serious risks to devolution.

  90. Brexit risk to farming

    Ewing: No deal not an option.

  91. Europe 2020: Scottish national reform programme 2017

    A summary of the actions the Scottish Government has taken with partners in 2016 and 2017 in pursuit of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

  92. Asian appetite for Scottish food and drink

    Food and drink exports hit £1 billion.

  93. American firms invest £6.3m in Scotland

    44 jobs created or safeguarded.

  94. Great Repeal Bill

    Holyrood powers “must not be diminished”.

  95. Scotland's International Framework: US engagement strategy

    This document outlines our strategic objectives for engagement with the US.

  96. Scotland's International Framework: Canada engagement strategy

    This document outlines our strategic objectives for engagement with Canada.

  97. First Minister visits USA

    Promoting Scotland overseas.

  98. Life sciences in Scotland

    Industry focused on £8bn target.

  99. Safeguarding German investment

    Cabinet Secretary for the Economy travels to Hamburg and Berlin.

  100. Fair Trade Nation

    Scotland sees sharp rise in people buying into idea.

  101. Clarity on Brexit

    Finance Ministers voice disappointment following quadrilateral meeting.

  102. From Tokyo with love

    Toshima Ward to host Scotland Day and offers venues to Scottish performers.

  103. Scotland prime location for Japanese investment

    Japanese firms enjoy record turnover of £187 million in Scotland.

  104. Scotland's views must feature in Article 50 letter

    Continued lack of clarity from UK Government.

  105. Article 50 Bill

    Scottish Parliament opposes beginning of process to withdraw from EU.

  106. Future of farming

    First Minister updates farmers on approach to Europe.

  107. Scotland in Europe

    Cabinet Secretary asks European Parliament to ensure Scotland’s voice is heard during Article 50 process

  108. Joint Ministerial Committee on Brexit

    UK must be prepared to compromise

  109. European links under threat

    Brexit impedes cultural and tourism opportunities.

  110. International exports rise by £1 billion

    Membership of new Trade Board confirmed

  111. Scotland’s Exports Increase

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  112. Brexit, food and farming

    Cabinet Secretary highlights threat of leaving the European Single Market on food and farming industries.

  113. Strengthening ties with Japan

    Trade links on agenda.

  114. Trade and investment briefing

    Keith Brown meets Consular Corps.

  115. Single Market membership

    Keith Brown outlines the risks of hard Brexit.

  116. Scotland's International Framework: US engagement strategy (draft)

    This is the draft version of our strategy for engagement with the US. The final version was published in March 2017.

  117. Scotland's International Framework: Canada engagement strategy (draft)

    This is the draft version of our strategy for engagement with Canada. The final version was published in March 2017.

  118. Scotland's Place in Europe

    Paper published on options to keep Scotland in Single Market.

  119. Economic Summit

    Continued strong links with Europe.

  120. Scotland forges stronger links with Kenya

    Bilateral trade deal opens Kenyan potato market.

  121. Scotland to benefit from significant EU funds

    Investment for vital projects to tackle poverty and inequality.

  122. Scotland must remain in EU single market

    Keith Brown calls for parliamentary consensus over single market membership.

  123. Hard Brexit hit for Scottish exports

    Think-tank predicts service exports could be cut by 60% if removed from Single Market.

  124. Arctic Circle Assembly 2016: First Minister's speech

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP delivers a speech to the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, October 2016.

  125. Global Scotland: trade and investment strategy 2016-2021

    Our eight-point action plan to increase trade and investment in Scotland.

  126. Scotland's International Framework: Pakistan engagement strategy

    Outlines key areas of engagement between Pakistan and Scotland.

  127. Scotland's International Framework: India engagement strategy

    Outlines key areas of engagement between India and Scotland.

  128. Trade and investment strategy: economic evidence discussion paper

    This discussion paper uses economic evidence to analyse Scotland's trade and investment performance in an international context.

  129. Trade and investment strategy: economic evidence discussion paper

    This discussion paper uses economic evidence to analyse Scotland's trade and investment performance in an international context.

  130. Wilson Review of support for Scottish exporting

    UK Government response to the Wilson Review of support for Scottish exporting, announcing the short-life, cross-government Joint Working Group.

  131. Scotland's international policy statement 2015

    Sets out our priorites for international engagement and activity.

  132. Scotland's international framework 2015

    Scotland's International Framework sets out our internationalisation agenda and objectives, setting the context for delivery.

  133. Fair Trade Nation criteria: our scores

    Table showing our scores against the criteria required to become a Fair Trade Nation.

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