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S5W-00365: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 1 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what (a) initiatives and (b) programmes it has in place to help meet its Scotland Performs' productivity purpose target for Scotland to rank in the top quartile against its key OECD trading partners by 2017, and what analysis it has made of the effectiveness of these.

Answered by: Keith Brown 14 June 2016

The importance of improving Scotland's productivity performance has been recognised in each of the Scottish Government's economic strategies since 2007. Scotland's Economic Strategy (SES), published in 2015, reaffirms the importance of improving Scotland's productivity performance and the ambition to reach the top quartile of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in terms of productivity levels.

Improving productivity is central to achieving the twin aims of the SES: improving economic competitiveness and tackling inequality. Each of the four priorities for growth identified in the SES – Investment, Innovation, Inclusive Growth, and Internationalisation – have important roles in helping improve Scotland’s productivity performance.

Further information can be found in SES, which is available at: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Economy/EconomicStrategy

A range of actions are being taken forward that will help to improve productivity in Scotland, and these actions are set out in the government’s programme for Scotland, available at the following address: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0048/00484439.pdf