Suggestions sought to shape Scotland's new National Strategy For Economic Transformation

ASVA is encouraging its members to take advantage of the opportunity to contribute to the development of an ambitious 10-year National Strategy which will drive Scotland’s economic transformation as the country recovers from COVID-19 and transitions to a net zero economy.

An Advisory Council comprising business leaders, academics and economists has been appointed to shape the new National Strategy For Economic Transformation, which is expected to be published in late autumn. Drawing on their extensive expertise, experience and insight, the Advisory Council (whose members are listed here) will formulate bold ideas to transform our economy.

In addition, the Scottish Government is calling on businesses, employees and stakeholders right across Scotland to get involved in the strategy’s creation. People throughout the country are invited to submit their views and ideas on how the country can work together to deliver ‘greater, greener and fairer prosperity’.

This is your chance to have your say in how Scotland’s economy should be driven forward, and ensure your opinions and suggestions are not only taken into account but also potentially included in Scotland’s new National Strategy For Economic Transformation. You should submit your contribution by email before the deadline of 27 August to:

Commenting on the aims behind the National Strategy For Economic Transformation, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy Kate Forbes MSP, said:

As we recover from the pandemic our focus rightly turns to what kind of society and economy we want to rebuild. A fair economy that delivers for everyone is our guiding principle. As well as continuing to support businesses to open, trade and rebuild across Scotland, we are firmly focused on delivering an economy that is fit for the future.

“The pandemic has led to fundamental shifts in sectors such as retail, and changed the way many businesses operate with more online trading and remote working. As well as continuing to support businesses to open, trade and rebuild, we need to build on these innovations and guide our economy to the industries and opportunities of the future. To achieve this, the Scottish Government has committed to delivering a new 10 year National Strategy for Economic Transformation.

“Bold and ambitious, this strategy will drive transformational change by focusing on setting the conditions that will unleash Scotland’s entrepreneurial potential and create the industries of the future. As well as growing our competitive business base, this strategy will support businesses in the transition to net zero and deliver new, good and green jobs across Scotland.”

The full statement by Ms Forbes on the National Strategy For Economic Transformation is available to read here.