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Scotland makes its debut

Bonny Scotland is making its GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK debut among the country pavilions this year

Scotland makes its debut
Scotland is asserting its identity as a hub for IT development and innovation this week.

Bonny Scotland is making its GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK debut among the country pavilions this year, and Derek Dougall, business advisor at Scottish Development International is convinced his country’s presence in the Middle east will reap ample rewards: “We came to Gitex because it is one of the premium software events in the world, not just the Middle East, in tems of visitors and exhibitors,” he explains.

“Our mission here, as in the 60 or so international trade missions and exhibitions we undertake every year, is two fold. Firstly, to attract inward investment to Scotland, and secondly to assist local companies to find international partners.”

Dougall adds that Scotland has over 1,000 software companies within its borders from big players like Oracle, Cisco and Amazon, whose European design centre is in Edinburgh, to small boutique operations. He adds that the country is attractive for companies looking to expand into Europe: “With 15 universities in a fairly small country, we think we have probably the world’s highest density of higher education establishments. We also have one of the world’s premium centres for infomatics at Edinburgh University.

“On top of that, because Scottish students receive free university education, over 50% go to university, so we have one of the best educated populaces in Europe. Each year we produce around 2,000 software graduates, as well as around 15,000 graduates in related industries like maths and engineering, so the pool of talent for potential investors is immense. Add to that a medium cost economy, strong work ethic, low churn rate among staff and a high quality of life and we think we have plenty to offer to any employer who is thinking of opening up or expanding in the European region.”

If you think Dougall has a point, speak directly to some of the Scottish companies at GITEX in the Scottish Pavilion.

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