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Businesses asked to help develop blueprint for 2030

Sara Thiam

Sara Thiam: ‘it’s vital that all parts of our economy come together’

All stakeholders in the Scottish economy are being asked to help develop a new blueprint that will determine the country’s key goals over the next decade.

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

It is asking businesses, organisations and other interested parties: what should Scotland aim to be known for in the global economy of 2030?

SCDI wants to hear 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.

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.  

SCDI chief executive, Sara Thiam, said: “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 report is being supported by a 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.

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