Date lodged: 3 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5O-00637 by Keith Brown on 2 February 2017, what (a) its position is on whether opening up trade with emerging markets would be a catalyst toward its target for export growth and (b) action it is taking in light of the reported 9.6% in international exports by small businesses in 2015.
Answered by: Keith Brown 28 February 2017
As highlighted in the Scottish Government’s Trade and Investment strategy, Scotland’s export base needs to broaden beyond EU markets. Scottish Development International (SDI) works closely with a range of overseas partners to identify and deliver international opportunities in growth sectors and emerging markets.
Our Trade and Investment Strategy contains a comprehensive action plan aimed at boosting our exporting performance. We are working with SDI and other partners to accelerate delivery of those actions alongside the four point plan announced by the First Minister last October. This includes establishment of a Trade Board supporting our new trade and investment hubs, planned network of trade envoys and proposed local export partnership pilots which will support more SMEs to export.
We are also, through our funding for the Digital Boost initiative, developing the awareness of Scotland’s small businesses of the benefits of e-commerce and online trading, and increasing their ability to identify new customers and export markets.