The Economics of Independence 2013 [CLOSED]
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Economics remain at the very heart of the debate over Scottish independence.
Is an independent Scotland economically viable? What part would oil revenues play in the short, medium and long term? Will Scotland adopt the pound and remain as part of a currency union with the rest of the UK, or would EU membership mean taking on the euro? What do all these issues mean for business? Will businesses thrive in an independent Scotland - or flee to the south?
09.00 - Bill Jamieson, writer on business and economics
09:05 - Laurence Ward, Chairman, Dundas & Wilson
Scotland and Independence: the politics of economics
09.10 - Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Deputy First Minister of Scotland
09.30 - Alistair Darling MP, former Chancellor of the Exchequer & leader of the Better Together campaign
09.50 - Q&A with Ms Sturgeon and Mr Darling
Scotland and independence: the big fiscal picture
10:10 - Prof David Bell, University of Stirling and Dr Angus Armstrong, National Institute of Economic and Social Research
Professor Bell & Dr Armstrong are two of seven recipients of Fellowships from the Economic and Social Research Council to look at the future of the UK & Scotland. During 2013, Dr Armstrong is looking at currency and fiscal policy options for an independent Scotland and Prof Bell at fiscal aspects of constitutional change. They will present on the progress of their work and take questions.
11.00 - Coffee
North Sea Oil
11.25 - Prof Gavin McCrone, former Chief Economic Adviser to the Scottish Office (and author of the seminal 1975 report on Scotland’s oil revenues)
A review of the economic evidence and what it might mean for 2014
What would independence mean for business?
11.45 - Rupert Soames, Chief Executive, Aggreko
12.05 - Jim McColl, Chairman/Chief Executive, Clyde Blowers
12.25 - Q&A between Rupert Soames & Jim McColl
12.40 - Panel discussion
Tony Banks, chairman of Balhousie Care Group and a member of Business for Scotland, Rupert Soames, Jim McColl, David Watt - Institute of Directors, Scotland
13.10 - Closing remarks
13.15 - Networking Lunch
Information and fees
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Delegate rate: £110.00 + VAT
Fees include refreshments, networking lunch and exclusive access to the Post Conference Reports.
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The Scotsman Conferences are half day events. Registration will be from 8.30am. The conference will draw to a close at approximately 1.15pm and be followed by a networking lunch.
Key Speaker: See speaker list above
Venue: The Scottish National Gallery (Map Details)
Time: 04 June 2013, at 08:30