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S5W-23015: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 May 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the commitment in its paper, A Trading Nation – a plan for growing Scotland’s exports, to provide £2 million for chambers of commerce to deliver a number of trade missions over three years, how many new missions will be delivered, and where these will be located.

Answered by: Ivan McKee 14 May 2019

The First Minister at the Scottish Chambers of Commerce Annual Business Address on 7 December 2018 announced that funding of up to £2 million would be made available to the Scottish chamber of commerce network over the next 3 years to support the development of a programme of activity, including trade missions, which will help Scottish businesses to exploit opportunities in key international markets.

The Scottish Chambers has key business links with Chambers in other countries which are of great benefit to Scottish businesses and they have shown through the initial International Trade Partnership Programme the valuable impact the Chambers can have on introducing Scottish companies to new markets.

We will be working closely with Scottish Chambers of Commerce as they develop a programme of inward and outward trade missions which are in line with the aims set out in A Trading Nation . The Chambers will look to deliver as many trade missions as is possible over the 3 year period, focussing on markets which will have the most impact, within the resources available. The majority of outward trade missions will target the top 15 international markets as identified in the Export Growth Plan. This also provides scope for missions to be delivered in other developing markets where specific trade opportunities have been identified by Scottish businesses.