Scottish Government commissions independent review of national tech sector
Skyscanner COO Mark Logan is appointed to lead research exercise
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A senior exec from Edinburgh-based travel comparison site Skyscanner will lead a new short-life review on how Scotland’s tech industry can help with economic recovery from Covid-19, the Scottish Government’s has announced.
In a statement to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday afternoon, finance secretary Kate Forbes said Scotland’s economic recovery from the impact of coronavirus would require the country to “think radically about embracing digital technologies and low-carbon reforms”.
“Through necessity, we have seen sectors embrace new technologies and innovation at a rate and a scale that would ordinarily have taken years. The Scottish Government must play its role in maintaining that speed and momentum, moving at pace towards a new and high-tech low-carbon economy,” she said.
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“To realise that vision, we need to catalyse our most innovative emerging sectors, ensure they fulfil their full potential, both as economic propositions in their own right and as sources of innovation for our wider economy. That’s why I’m pleased to announced that from next week Mark Logan, a well-known name, will lead a short-life review of the Scottish tech ecosystem.”
She said Logan, who is Skyscanner’s chief operating office, had been told to look for “clear, ambitious, deliverable proposals” to allow Scotland to “seize the opportunities that economic recovery will present”.
“He’s passionate about creating an ecosystem to provide opportunities for a new generation of tech talent and I look forward to reading his recommendations,” she said.
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