Scotland has launched its Arctic Policy Framework, aimed at promoting co-operation, partnership and the exchange of knowledge between Scotland and the Arctic.
Around 27.5% of Scotland’s overseas exports in 2017 were to Arctic territories, while Arctic regions accounted for just under half of all foreign direct investments in Scotland in the same period. The Arctic Policy Framework details Scotland’s ambitions for closer partnership with Arctic regions, highlighting potential fields where collaborative efforts can be deepened including academia, civic society and intergovernmental partnerships.
Scotland’s External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “Scotland remains an outward looking European nation, committed to positive relationships with both our European neighbours and those further afield, despite the uncertainty surrounding the UK’s exit from the EU. Scottish-Arctic partnerships have intensified over recent years, acknowledging that international challenges require international solutions. The launch of Arctic Connections creates opportunities to take forward key environmental and climate change work and strengthen trade and investment links in areas such as renewable energy as well as promoting Scotland as a well-placed marine transport and logistics hub. We will also use this launch to share Scotland’s world leading expertise in areas of shared interest such as safety commissioning and decarbonisation.
“As part of our offer to the High North, we are establishing a fund to support people to people links to help communities build Arctic relations and encourage Scottish universities to participate even closer with the University of the Arctic. We will promote knowledge exchange within digital heath care and education in remote areas and advance our cultural connections. The Arctic Policy Framework launch is the starting point in a new exciting era for Scottish-Arctic relations. Our commitment to the region is clear and I am determined that Scotland remains an active partner in facing both the challenges and opportunities our ever changing world presents.”