Maintaining Scotland’s international outlook could be ‘essential’ in helping the country’s economy, said Foreign Secretary Angus Robertson.
With Britain facing a recession, the minister stressed the importance of Scotland “looking outward, learning from others and doing all we can to attract investment and opportunities to Scotland”.
To help with this, he pledged that the Scottish Government’s nine international offices would work with business institutions to try and get more investment, jobs and opportunities for Scotland.
The effort comes after Scotland was declared the UK’s most successful country or region outside of London in attracting foreign direct investment in the 2022 EY Attractiveness Survey.
Robertson’s comments argued that the country would continue to be a “good global citizen” and play an active role in meeting global challenges.
“Our international work creates opportunities at home, broadens horizons, attracts quality investment and ultimately benefits Scottish people and communities.”
Robertson said the opening of a Scottish government base in Copenhagen, Denmark, as a “landmark” in 2022 will “increase the economic and cultural profile of Scotland in the Nordic region and help the Nordic government reach net zero.” achieve transitions and tackle inequalities”.
He added that a further hub will be opened in Warsaw, Poland, ahead of the upcoming Holyrood elections, to support “cultural links between Scotland and Central Europe.”
The Minister of Foreign Affairs added:
“With the UK economy entering recession and the continuing impact of Brexit on the economy, jobs and trade, we will continue to look outward and It is important to learn from others and do what you can.
“In trade and investment, the transition to net zero, higher education, tourism, culture and people-to-people connections, our international network will help Scotland become a greener, fairer and more prosperous economy next year. , will play a key role in helping build all of its benefits, which it will bring to families, communities and businesses across the country.”