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Scotland's leading business organisation has today published its manifesto ahead of the 2007 Scottish Parliament elections.

CBI Scotland's 28-page manifesto, The Scottish Economy: The Priority of Priorities, sets out the business agenda for growing the economy in Scotland.

The report, The Scottish Economy: The Priority of Priorities, is available here

The blueprint calls on MSPs and the next Scottish Executive to deliver reforms and investment across a number of key policy areas - public sector efficiency and spending, taxes, red tape, skills, environment, transport, energy, planning, water, ICT and public procurement.

In his forward to the manifesto, CBI Scotland chairman, Melfort Campbell, says:

'Political aspirations for the future of Scotland can only be realised if we have a

vibrant and successful economy. No social, cultural or environmental agenda can be delivered without the wealth that flows from our economic activity.

'That is why the growth and the sustainability of the Scottish economy must always be the priority of all priorities for the Scottish Parliament and for the Scottish Executive.

'A healthy economy is driven by the performance of business and commerce, yet in Scotland, public sector spending accounts for more than half of our economic activity. This simply is not sustainable for the long-term good of this country.

'Every day, businesses are affected by the decisions of the Parliament, the Executive and the wider public sector. Successful businesses create the wealth that ultimately allows ministers and parliamentarians to fund and sustain the policies and services that improve our lives.

'Business is not some separate entity or vested interest group, but a central part of our society and the lives of all Scots. Directly or indirectly, any decision that has an adverse impact on business has an impact on all of us, as employees, customers and as individuals.'

CBI Scotland director Iain McMillan added:

'CBI Scotland's manifesto sets out our members' blueprint for reform and investment in Scotland's economy. We commend these policies to all of Scotland's political parties and look forward to engaging and working with whomever forms the next Scottish Executive to deliver on this agenda.'

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