Ivan McKee MSP

Written 10 posts

Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation

Statement on US tariffs decision

13th August 2020

Responding to a decision by the US Government to maintain 25% tariffs on a range of Scottish products, including single malt whisky, cashmere, cheese and some wool items, Trade Minister Ivan McKee said: “Scottish businesses are being hit hard by these tariffs and jobs and livelihoods are now at risk. I urge UK Ministers to…

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Redefining Prosperity – speech delivered by Trade and Innovation Minister Ivan McKee on 26.09.19

26th September 2019

Ladies and gentlemen.   Ministers.   Colleagues.   Friends. I am delighted to be in Brussels today to speak about our policy approach to redefine prosperity, in practical terms. I really appreciate the invitation for Scotland to be an active part of the R&I days. And before I move onto the topic of sustainable, inclusive economic growth, let…

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Scotland and the Netherlands: European partners

24th May 2019

Despite the ongoing uncertainty over EU exit, the EU remains incredibly important to Scotland’s trading potential. And as our second largest export market, one country which is of particular significance is the Netherlands. Scottish exports to the Netherlands were estimated to be worth £2.5 billion in 2017 – 7.6% of all international exports – and…

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Scotland-Norway: An important trading relationship

19th March 2019

Despite the uncertainty over Brexit, Scotland remains open for business and this is something we want the world to know. One country which continues to be of significant importance is Norway so I am in Oslo this week to help build on our strong relationship and continue to develop our economic, political and cultural connections….

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Concrete from carrots – now that’s really clever!

31st January 2019

Low CO2 concrete, made with by-products of the carrot industry. Sustainable, nutritional salmon feed generated from by-products from the whisky industry. Just two unlikely examples of the innovative technologies powering Scotland’s burgeoning biotech industry. In a nutshell, turning environmental challenges into opportunities and delivering real results to help us meet our climate change targets. I’m…

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Scotland and Poland: European partners

23rd January 2019

Despite the uncertainty over Brexit, Scotland remains open for business and the EU remains our single largest market for international exports. During a recent trade show in Germany, an emerging consortia of Polish Energy majors and trade bodies expressed an interest in learning more about Scottish experience and expertise in planning, developing, and managing major…

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Ivan McKee: Steps towards Carbon Neutrality

10th December 2018

We all know the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the worst effects of climate change – that has been clear for a while now. What is becoming increasingly apparent is the extent to which this offers an economic opportunity for Scotland. Being at the forefront of the global transition to carbon-neutrality means…

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Small Business Saturday: small businesses and exports

1st December 2018

Small Business Saturday gives us the perfect opportunity to encourage small businesses in Scotland to think about how exporting could help them grow and for us to outline the help and support that is available if they want to embark on their export journey. Improving Scotland’s export performance is central to growing Scotland’s economy and…

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Increasing Scotland’s trading capabilities

20th November 2018

The 2018/19 Programme for Government includes a commitment to invest an additional £20million over three years to grow Scotland’s export potential. To support this ambition, I am seeking new members to join Scotland’s Trade Board. Since 2017, the board, which is made up of a wide range of business experts, has championed the internationalisation of…

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Trade Board

12th November 2018

The Scottish Government has ambitious plans for Scotland’s future trading potential. Trade Minister Ivan McKee blogs on why we are looking for business experts to join our Trade Board and ensure Scotland fulfils its export potential.

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