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30/06/14 13:04

Media Briefing - Monday 30 June 2014

Media Briefing by the First Minister’s Official Spokesperson - Monday 30 June 2014

The First Minister’s Official Spokesperson (FMOS) welcomed journalists to the briefing and ran through the day's key events:

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is at Strathclyde University where she will visit the Glasgow-based tech company Cojengo, who have teamed up with software giant Microsoft to provide innovative diagnostic tools and disease surveillance data for farmers in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania. The VetAfrica app, developed by Cojengo, enables vets, animal health workers and rural farmers to quickly and accurately diagnose livestock illness and identify which drugs are most effective to treat disease.

Humza Yousaf, Minister for External Affairs and International Development, is participating in Amnesty International’s panel debate: Business and Human Rights: Scotland as a Good Global Citizen, at the Lighthouse in Glasgow.

The FMOS confirmed that the next Cabinet meeting happening around the country would be in Wick on Monday 14th July 2014.

The FMOS then ran through key events for the rest of the week.

Asked whether there was any further information on the Aberdeen man who was pictured in a recruitment video for jihadist group Isis, and whether this would come up at the Amnesty International event, the FMOS said she could not confirm what would be asked at the Amnesty International event but noted that the Minister had spoken on the subject before and would do so again if asked.

Asked whether there would be a Scottish Government response to today’s British Geological Survey report into Scottish shale gas and shale oil reserves, the FMOS stated that there would be comment later in the day from Energy Minister Fergus Ewing.