20 March 2015
More than 150 delegates heard from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) Annual Forum.
The First Minister spoke about the need to internationalise Scotland and forge new relationships with businesses in Europe to deliver an increase in exports of Scottish goods and economic growth.
— First Minister (@ScotGovFM) March 19, 2015
The First Minister highlighted the benefits of the European Union, pointing out Scotland exports almost £13 billion of goods and services to the EU each (around 46% of international exports) and is estimated to support around 330,000 Scottish jobs, but said there were still many opportunties out there for businesses.
— Mark Muir (@boyinabubble) March 19, 2015
— Sarah Deas (@DeasSarah) March 19, 2015
Scotland’s Economic Strategy has a focus on internationalising Scotland and the need to build on existing and create new business relationships with EU countries. The First Minister said the EU is vital to Scotland:
“That’s why there is so little support in Scottish politics for leaving the EU. We stand to lose crucial business and trading partners. This Scottish Government is a strong advocate of the benefits of being part of Europe. Scotland is stronger in Europe.”