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05/11/13 12:34

Media Briefing - November 5, 2013

Media Briefing

Post Cabinet Briefing by the First Minister’s Official Spokesperson (FMOS) and the First Minister’s Special Advisor (FMSA) 5 November 2013

The FMOS welcomed journalists to the briefing.

Cabinet discussed Dundee’s bid to be City of Culture in 2017, gave the bid their full backing and noted that Parliament will debate Dundee’s City of Culture bid next Tuesday (12 November).

Finance Secretary John Swinney updated Cabinet on recently released economy statistics, including improving forecasts from the Fraser of Allander Institute showing predicted economic growth for this year has increased from 0.9% to 1.3%, and for 2014 has increased from 1.6% to 1.8%. Mr Swinney also pointed to recent positive Retail Sales Index statistics, and told Cabinet Colleagues recent figures seemed to indicate that economic growth is becoming more firmly entrenched.

First Minister Alex Salmond today furthered Scotland’s digital diplomacy in China as he presented the first set of data from the Eastern Qing Tombs collected by digital documentation project, the Scottish Ten.

FMSA also drew journalists’ attention to a news release issued earlier today on the fifth Confucius Institute to be established in Scotland, an agreement with Heriot Watt university signed in China earlier today.

FMOS outlined the First Minister’s schedule for the remainder of the China Trip.

The First Minister will return to Scotland on Friday and will attend the annual remembrance service at St Giles on Sunday.

When asked if support for Dundee’s 2017 UK City of Culture Bid indicated that ministers expected Scotland to remain in the UK in 2017, FMSA said that support for the bid reflects Ministers’ commitment to an enduring social union.