Today the Scottish Government published a new Export Action Plan, with targets to improve Scotland’s export base over the coming years.
Those with a memory of economic policymaking will recall that this is not the first time the government has set out ambitions to improve Scotland’s export performance.
The most recent target – to grow international exports by 50% between 2010 and 2017 – was missed.
What is refreshing about this Action Plan is the level of analysis that has clearly gone in to informing the decisions that Mr Mckee has taken. This stands in contrast to many past action plans or strategies.
Of course, people will no doubt agree or disagree with the specific policies/priorities put forward. There are also big questions about the level of investment required to meet the outlined ambitions and targets.
But everyone should welcome the new analysis and evidence provided. It marks a significant step forward in our understanding of the challenges and opportunities that Scotland faces in its efforts to boost international trade.
In this blog, we highlight some of the interesting new tools that the action plan includes.