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S5W-23018: 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 treble its number of trade envoys to 12, by what date the new envoys will be in place, and where they will be located.

Answered by: Ivan McKee 14 May 2019

The Scottish Government will continue to develop the network of Trade Envoys to support Scotland’s aspiration to grow exports. The expansion of the network will be subject to identifying and recruiting suitable candidates with the right knowledge, experience and connections in the right markets.

Our priority is to grow the Trade Envoy network to represent markets where there are significant cultural, linguistic and business differences; more distant markets that are less visited by ministers; specific sectors of established growth markets where we perceive our export performance is lacking; and growing emerging markets where we do not yet have a permanent Scottish trade development presence. The focus will be on markets identified in ‘A Trading Nation’ as current and future export growth priorities.