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Scots abroad 'could help economy'
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John Swinney wants to increase Scottish economic growth
Scots abroad should play a major role in boosting economic growth, Finance Secretary John Swinney has said.

Speaking at the regional conference of the Globalscot network in New York, Mr Swinney will say Scotland's diaspora could make a significant contribution.

The Scottish Government has a target of matching UK economic growth by 2011.

Globalscot is an international business network whose purpose is to support sustainable growth of the Scottish economy.

Mr Swinney said: "We are determined to make Scotland more competitive in the years ahead.

"Increasing our profile worldwide, attracting inward investment and supporting Scottish companies to do more business overseas, are important drivers for economic growth.

"Our relationship with the US and other key markets is therefore critical to Scotland's prosperity."

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