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Moore welcomes UK embassy network expansion

Scottish business will benefit from a stronger UK presence across the globe and key trade markets

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Secretary of State for Scotland, Michael Moore, said the UK Government’s plans to improve its global embassy network is good news for Scottish companies.

The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, today revealed plans today that will place more emphasis on emerging economic markets. More diplomats will be posted to India and China increasing the UK influence in the worlds fastest growing economies.

The UK currently has 140 embassies around the world and plans to add up to five more in the next few years. These include El Salvador, Kyrgyzstan and Southern Sudan which becomes independent in July.

Michael Moore said:

“The coalition government is committed to increasing overseas trade that is especially important during these hard economic times. The UK has always had a strong presence around the world and this strategic shift will ensure we are in the right regions at the right time. This is good news for Scottish companies exploring overseas markets.”

Published 11 May 2011