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S5W-03975: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 24 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what (a) policies and (b) initiatives underpin its economic strategy and how are these measured.

Answered by: Keith Brown 2 November 2016

Scotland’s Economic Strategy (SES) is directed towards achieving the Scottish Government’s central Purpose of creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth.

The SES sets out four priority areas for supporting sustainable economic growth:

Investing in our people and our infrastructure in a sustainable way;

Fostering a culture of innovation and research and development;

Promoting inclusive growth and creating opportunity through a fair and inclusive jobs market and regional cohesion; and,

Promoting Scotland on the international stage to boost our trade and investment, influence and networks.

Details of specific policies and initiatives that underpin these priorities are set out in Chapter two of the SES, which is available at the following address:

http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/03/5984/5

The Programme for Government, published on 6 September 2016, sets out the policies, actions and legislation that the Scottish Government will take forward to deliver these priorities. The Programme for Government is available at the following address: http://www.gov.scot/programme2016