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05/11/13 10:07

Commonwealth Business Forum

Minister to visit Sri Lanka to strengthen economic and cultural ties with Commonwealth.

Commonwealth Games Minister Shona Robison will highlight Glasgow 2014 preparations and business opportunities in Scotland at the Commonwealth Business Forum next week.

Ms Robison will showcase the excellent preparations for Glasgow 2014 and focus on strengthening social and economic ties with the Commonwealth.

The three day conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka, will be attended by ministers, business leaders and Commonwealth Games Associations to discuss trade, tourism and investment.

Speaking at Stonelaw High School in Rutherglen, where pupils are supporting Sri Lanka as their second team, Ms Robison said:

“We are gearing up for the biggest sporting and cultural event Scotland has ever hosted, what we hope will be the greatest Commonwealth Games ever.

“A third of the world’s population lives in the Commonwealth and exports to Commonwealth countries, excluding the rest of UK, are over £1.8 billion. So there is a huge market with unrivalled opportunities to build beneficial economic links in sectors and industries where Scotland excels.

“Scotland is already engaging with many countries across the Commonwealth and the Queen’s Baton Relay is building excitement and enthusiasm around Glasgow 2014. The Commonwealth Business Forum will help us build on these positive relationships to generate more long-term benefits for Scotland and leave a tangible, lasting legacy.”

Notes to editors

The Commonwealth Business Forum takes place in Colombo, Sri Lanka between 12-14 November. It is organised by the Commonwealth Business Council.

The Forum is expected to attract more than 1,000 delegates, including Ministers and senior business leaders.

‘Support a Second Team’ is a Commonwealth Games and sportscotland initiative to develop educational and cultural links across the Commonwealth.