Scottish Secretary embarks on a visit to Burma and Singapore to forge better business links
Scottish Secretary David Mundell is set to visit Burma and Singapore this week to promote Scottish business interests, such as oil and gas, whisky and technology.
As well as meeting with prominent figures in the oil and gas industry, Mundell will also meet Burmese ministers to discuss lifting import bans on foreign spirits to open new markets for Scotch whisky.
Despite a ban on the general retail of imported spirits, Scotch whisky exports to Burma totalled £2.4 million in 2016. Mundell will encourage the lifting of the ban and a more liberal market, enabling customers to buy from tax-paid channels and offer greater opportunities for trade.
He said: “I will be banging the drum in Burma for Scotch whisky, helping the industry secure new exports markets. With thirty-four bottles of Scotch whisky shipped overseas every single second, to 175 countries worldwide, the UK Government is committed to promoting a truly global exporter.
“As we are prepare to leave the EU, we want to build and strengthen our trade relationships with allies old and new – and I am certain Scottish companies will be at the forefront of this.”
Mundell plans to encourage more Scottish companies to look to markets such as Singapore for investment and export opportunities.
He will also deliver the Fullerton Lecture at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Singapore, discussing the UK Government’s vision for a strong, prosperous UK outside of the European Union.