The report focuses on the areas of underperformance it identifies in the Scottish economy - productivity, innovation and internationalisation - which are underpinned by infrastructure and place, and the ‘levers’ required to support stronger economic growth which is equitable and sustainable.
Digitisation is a particularly high priority, and SCDI recommends that the first chief digital officer for Scotland, reporting directly to the first minister, should be appointed to progress Digital Scotland discussions from infrastructure to economic growth and public service improvements.
Key recommendations from the SCDI Blueprint include:
SCDI chief executive, Ross Martin, said: "The opportunities and threats before Scotland from global disruptive changes are stark and our economy must make the transformation from fragile to agile.
“Productivity is the principal driver of growth, and to succeed we must collectively tackle this head-on, including by addressing the key economic challenges of innovation and internationalisation. This is not an agenda on which government can deliver alone - we all must take a lead.
“Underpinned by infrastructure, both physical and digital, the connection of place and the skills of our people, we must meet the challenge of an emerging economy if we are to secure a prosperous future for Scotland. SCDI's Blueprint 2015 presents a vision of how together we could forge and attain that future."
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