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Have your say on the economic priorities for all of Scotland in 2030

Businesses, organisations and individuals active in all sectors and geographies of the Scottish economy are being asked to define a new strategy for its success, Scotland’s independent economic development network announced today.

The Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) is developing a new Blueprint, its 10-year policy strategy for Scotland, which will be published in early 2020.

The key question, which SCDI is asking at this time of fundamental change, is ‘what should Scotland aim to be known for in the global economy of 2030?’ SCDI wants to hear your views on what changes need to be made, which policies would support them and the economic model Scotland should pursue to ensure its future competitiveness, inclusivity and sustainability.

The Blueprint will be produced through an intensive programme of research, face-to-face interviews, online surveys, discussions and workshops. For the first time, this will include specific engagement with young people and young professionals. Have your say at https://www.prosper.scot/policy/blueprint2020/

SCDI’s new Blueprint, its third look at Scotland’s long-term economic strategy, builds on  From Fragile to Agile – A Blueprint for Growth and Prosperity, published in 2015, which proposed a National Infrastructure Commission for Scotland; reform of business rates and the planning system; city and growth deals for every part of Scotland; and Productivity Clubs for businesses – all of which were accepted by government.

More recently, SCDI’s reports with partners on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data, led to the announcement in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government that it had adopted the recommendation to develop a national AI strategy.

We’ve already identified three key themes: Learning Throughout Life, so that all our people are equipped to thrive in a rapidly changing economy; A Living Lab For Innovations, to attract investment in innovations that benefit people; and Places People Want To Live and Work. Critically, all of these must accelerate Scotland down the pathway to ‘net zero’ emissions no later than 2045 to help achieve the Scottish Government’s target.

SCDI Chief Executive, Sara Thiam, said:

“We’re inviting all parts of the Scottish economy today to have their say on what Scotland should aim to be known for in the global economy of 2030. What do they think their businesses, sectors and places should look like – and what are the steps that need to be taken by government and businesses to achieve that vision.

“At a time of uncertainty and change to our economy with Brexit, and with Scotland’s people being asked what kind of country they would like to build, it’s vital that all parts of our economy come together to debate and define a compelling strategy for Scotland. Our previous Blueprints have had a positive influence and we’re determined that our Blueprint for 2030 will have a strong impact in shaping a sustainable inclusive economy to benefit all of Scotland.”

The development of the report is being supported by a partnership group comprising Openreach, Shepherd and Wedderburn, Skills Development Scotland and Zero Waste Scotland. With the support of the Scottish Policy Foundation, SCDI will have access to the Fraser of Allander Institute’s macroeconomic model of the Scottish economy to test policies.

The Blueprint will also build on recent SCDI policy work, including the report from its Rural Commission and the forthcoming report from its Skills & Employability Leadership Group, and incorporate early recommendations from its new Clean Growth Leadership Group. It will also take forward key recent research, such as Shepherd and Wedderburn’s report Scotland in in 2050: Realising Our Global Potential.