Better Data to Grow our Economy

This paper examines how well Scotland is served by the UK and Scottish Governments and by their agencies in international trade and development support. There are two aspects which require to be addressed: whether the current management of trade support agencies is likely to achieve the objectives of the Scottish Government’s economic strategy; whether the quality of the databases available, and the most fundamental tool by which to judge performance, are up to the task in hand.    Trade-and-development1