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S5W-08631: Ash Denham (Edinburgh Eastern)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 4 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how much trade Scotland has with (a) Indonesia, (b) Singapore and (c) the rest of South East Asia, and what action it is taking to develop trade and investment opportunities.

Answered by: Keith Brown 20 April 2017

The latest statistics from the Export Statistics Scotland 2015 publication estimate (a) Scottish exports to Indonesia at £70 million; (b) Scottish exports to Singapore at £525 million; and (c) Scottish exports to Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei at £285 million.

Our Trade and Investment Strategy contains a comprehensive action plan aimed at boosting our exporting performance. This includes measures to enable businesses to realise opportunities in new export markets such as Asia. Scottish Development International has a permanent presence in Southeast Asia and is responsible for promoting trade and investment activity in the region focussing on those sectors with the greatest economic potential for Scotland, such as energy, education and food and drink.