Guest post from Humza Yousaf MSP – Minister for External Affairs and International Development

Earlier this month, I had the great honour of being appointed Minister for External Affairs and International Development in the Scottish Government.

One of the main purposes of my new role is to foster Scotland’s links with the world, to nurture our many treasured ties as well as building new relationships.

Minister Humza Yousaf

Throughout history, our nation has helped shape the world with Scots venturing to new shores to start businesses, families and careers and to export our unique culture. From the shipyards of the river Clyde, we reached every corner of the globe. In today’s world, through the social media revolution, we are discovering a whole new world.

In turn, we have become known for our friendly and hospitable nature, and we continue to welcome new Scots who make such a positive contribution to our economy and our society.

Social media provides Scots with the opportunity to connect in ways that wouldn’t have seemed possible just a few years ago.  The opportunity to share ideas, to act together on projects, to make our voices heard and to hear the voices of others.

The Scottish Government has a vision of a truly digital country, with a world class digital infrastructure that will enable us to compete on the international stage.  A country which harnesses the opportunities of the digital age to create new businesses, deliver better services and enrich our cultural life.

Social media has the power to transform what we do and how we do it. It challenges governments, creates social movements and develops new markets. It allows us to explore innovative ways of working together, new opportunities to generate engaging content and new chances to strike up conversations with those who share our interests and passions.

In a time of increased political apathy, the advancement of social media has given policy makers and politicians a new way to engage with those they represent.

Social Media Week connects Glasgow with twelve cities across the globe. It places one of our great cities at the heart of digital collaboration and sends a signal to the world that Scotland is not only embracing new technology but is determined to lead the way in its development and application in the years ahead.

I look forward to building on the connections that Social Media week will create and working to ensure that Scotland is seen as a leading digital nation.


Humza Yousaf

Minister for External Affairs and International Development

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  1. Team GB surely! Remember that we’ve shaped our influence through being part of the UK, not through parochialism or provincialism. The Union created the Scottish Enlightenment. Let’s recognise the big picture.

    Commentby Jamie Mair — October 3, 2012 @ 10:20 am

  2. I was delighted and appreciative of Ministerial level representation from the Scottish Government at this event to conclude the Glasgow contribution to the whole momentous Social Media Week. I’m already bending the ears of some worthies on the Glasgow scene to encourage them next time to give a far higher profile to this event. Good to read that the Scottish Government has ‘a vision of a truly digital country’ and that the Minister sees his role as ‘to foster Scotland’s links with the world, to nurture our many treasured ties as well as building new relationships’.

    Commentby Edward Harkins — October 3, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

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  4. Thats cold…

    Commentby deadmacabre — August 2, 2013 @ 4:12 am

  5. Amazing

    Commentby Mydietarea — August 2, 2013 @ 5:59 am

  6. The Union created the Scottish Enlightenment

    Commentby rooferironboots — August 5, 2013 @ 4:45 am

  7. Not factually correct Sherrymetatarsal, you see the Enlightenment originated on the Continent as a result of a growing number of people across Europe gaining literacy skills, and of course at this period of time in Scotland it was the Church who held the power to education. Politicians / the secular State only gained power of education in 1872 – 162 years after the Union of England and Scotland. Therefore, it was due to this European context that Scots explored their ideas and thoughts which led to some of the world’s most valuable innovations and inventions. Scots have always been an outward looking Friendly people respected the world over and creating an impressive global diaspora, even under the strain of a union which would value its own empirical and monolingual culture as more supreme.

    Commentby Seumaidh — August 5, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

  8. outstanding

    Commentby cglaw2013 — September 11, 2013 @ 7:30 am

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