Friday, 19 September 2008
Scots businessmen abroad urged to
beat worldwide economic downturn
By: Murdoch MacDonald
SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT Finance Secretary John Swinney today urged an international network of senior business leaders to help Scotland beat the global economic downturn during his visit to Hong Kong.
The Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth (pictured above) addressed the first GlobalScot Conference to be held in Hong Kong, which has been organised by Scottish Enterprise to bring together GlobalScots from the Asia and Pacific markets with Scottish companies looking to do business in the Far East.
GlobalScots are senior business leaders who have an affinity for Scotland and who want to contribute to and share in its economic success.
Mr Swinney said: “At a time when economies across the world are suffering due to the international downturn, Scotland must call on all the resources at its disposal to ensure our economy continues to show the resilience it has up to now.
“During my trip to Hong Kong I will be urging GlobalScots to keep doing what they do best - opening doors for Scottish companies across the world and selling our country as a great place to do business.
“Their efforts are already of great value to Scotland. We need them to continue to use their influence to encourage investment in Scotland and aid Scottish companies expanding internationally.”
Mr Swinney also said that the Year of Homecoming in 2009 presented a real chance to sell Scotland to tourists and business people across Asia and the world.
“While in Hong Kong and Shanghai I will be making sure everyone is well aware of the fantastic Year of Homecoming we are looking forward to in Scotland in 2009,” he said.
“What better time could there be to come to Scotland and experience all we have to offer? The GlobalScot network can help me deliver that message - and they might even decide to come and experience it for themselves.
“There is a real opportunity for us in the growing number of Chinese tourists travelling the world, and I believe the Year of Homecoming will be a crucial tool in helping us grasp that opportunity.”
There are 20 GlobalScot members in China and 150 in the Asia and Pacific market as a whole.
GlobalScot is a Scottish Enterprise led programme, and consists of an international network of 900 senior business leaders who have an affinity for Scotland and who want to contribute to and share in its economic success. Using their knowledge, experience and business contacts, GlobalScots can help open doors into areas where Scottish companies have few contacts and little experience, helping companies to save valuable time and money.
GlobalScot members have helped thousands of Scottish organisations with their growth plans by providing advice, support and inspiration and Mr Swinney's visit coincides with this year's GlobalScot conference in Hong Kong. The event is being organised by Scottish Enterprise and will bring together GlobalScots from the Asia and Pacific markets with Scottish organisations looking to do business in the Far East. The Hong Kong Globalscot conference aims to continue the success of similar GlobalScot conferences in New York in 2007 and the inaugural event in Edinburgh in 2006.
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