Jamie McGrigor, Highlands & Islands Conservative MSP, today met with a group of senior officials from China at the Scottish Parliament. The Chinese visitors were representatives of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). Jamie gave a talk to the CPPCC members about the functions of the Scottish Parliament, and took part in a question and answer session which covered a wide range of subjects including the current constitutional debate, economic policy, and Scotland’s culture.
Speaking afterwards, Jamie, who is the Scottish Conservative Spokesman on External Affairs and a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on China, and who recently took part in a debate in the Parliament on extending business links with China, said:
“I was pleased to be able to host the members of the CPPCC on their visit to the Scottish Parliament and to answer their questions about the Scottish Parliament and Scotland. I was very encouraged that they were very positive about some of Scotland’s most iconic products, including our whisky and our natural and historic environment.
“China, with its fast growing professional classes, is an important market for Scottish exports, and Chinese visitors to Scotland will, I am sure, prove to be an increasingly valuable and very welcome source of tourism income which is so vital, especially in my region of the Highlands & Islands”.