With the Scottish election coming up on 5 May, export has become a major issue. The SNP are pushing for a 50% rise in local exports over the next six years backed by £2.5m funding, while the Liberal Democrats want to double the number of Scottish companies trading overseas by 2020.
Asia’s position as the current hot spot for economic globalisation was reinforced recently when Singapore reached third place on the Globalisation Index, placing behind Hong Kong and Ireland.
Businesses trading on the foreign language internet now have greater access to China’s burgeoning e-commerce market, thanks to the establishment of a PayPal hub in Chongqing, China’s largest municipality.
I’ve just got back from a roundtable conversation with David Lidington, the UK’s Minister for Europe. He was keen to hear what a small group of digitally-minded businesses in Edinburgh want from him in Europe and, more generally, from his government.