Scottish Conservative shadow economy secretary Dean Lockhart has joined the Scottish Chamber of Commerce on a visit to Hong Kong and China to promote Scotland’s trade and business links.
The trade mission is an ambitious move to increase business and educational links, as well as trade, with the world’s second largest economy.
It will also represent Scotland at a major international conference on professional services and education in Shenzhen to promote Scotland’s world-class Universities, Colleges and education system.
For Lockhart, it is a return to Hong Kong where he was based for five years as Head of Business Development for Asia at a global professional services firms.
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
‘’I would like to thank and congratulate the Scottish Chamber of Commerce for arranging this important trip to promote Scottish business, education and trade.
‘’I am delighted to be visiting Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Beijing and to be able to share some of my business and trade contacts with the Scottish trade mission.
‘’It’s vital that we continue to build on Scotland’s excellent ties with Hong Kong. Equally important is that we promote business, trade and education links with China on a basis that is sustainable and fits with our values.
‘’Scotland’s exports to China have increased in recent years but still represent less than two per cent of our export trade.
‘'We have more work to do to realise the enormous potential that the Chinese market represents.
"I want to see a more ambitious and focused strategy to increase Scotland’s exports to, and trade with, China and Asia in general. This trade mission is an important step in that direction.''