Scotland: a trading nation

A plan for growing Scotland's exports.

1. Introduction

The objective of this plan is to understand how best to grow Scotland’s exports, and then to focus resources and policies to deliver that growth.

We have done this by using data driven analysis and market intelligence to identify the priority sectors, markets and types of businesses that are most likely to drive growth in exports.

We have developed this plan with our partners – business organisations and networks, industry groups, the Scottish diaspora, universities, local authorities, UK Government agencies and other bodies. We will continue to work with them as we deliver the actions in this plan around a shared agenda to improve Scotland’s export performance.

A Trading Nation builds on existing Scottish Government economic strategies and the work of the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board. It is aligned with our priorities of inclusive growth and the wider internationalisation agenda, ensuring ethical business practices are observed, including respect for human rights and the rule of law. The plan is a live document and will be updated and developed on a regular basis as situations change and more evidence becomes available.

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