Building stronger ties between governments and businesses is the theme of Scotland’s Minister for External Affairs Humza Yousaf’s visit to the Middle East region this week.
Yousaf begins his visit in Abu Dhabi today where he is attending and speaking at the world’s biggest oil and gas conference, ADIPEC – the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference.
Under the patronage of the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, ADIPEC – the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference – is the largest gas and oil event for the Middle East. ADIPEC is an annual event that attracts more than 51,000 attendees, 1,600 international suppliers, NOCs, IOCs and IGOs across a 38,500 square metre exhibition hall.
Yousaf is leading the largest ever delegation of Scottish companies – over 40 – to promote Scottish expertise within the sector and boost trade. He said: “Our engagement with the Gulf States is a key priority for Scotland’s government and I am delighted to be visiting both the United Arab Emirates and Qatar this week to build stronger ties and promote Scotland as a great place to do business.
“At ADIPEC, I am leading the largest ever Scottish trade delegation, promoting our expertise in oil and gas and showcasing over 40 companies to the Middle East market.
“Our links with the Gulf States are no more evident than in the oil and gas sector with trade between our countries booming. Our engineering and contracting companies have evolved into one of the strongest supply chains in the world operating in over 100 markets. Total international sales from the sector increased by 5.8% in 2011/12 to reach £17.2 billion.
“Our exports to the Middle East region now account for £457 million, having risen by a remarkable 82%t in one year. This represented the strongest growth of any global market.
“We want to do more business with the Gulf States and I will be promoting Scotland across the region as an industry leader in oil and gas and a great place to do business and invest.”