Sturgeon To Appear On Daily Show

Nicola Sturgeon will round off a series of engagements to promote Scotland in New York with an appearance on the US satirical news programme the Daily Show.

The Scotland First Minister, who is in America until Thursday, is due to be interviewed on the late night chat show hosted by comedian Jon Stewart - which earlier listed her as a "comedian'' before quickly rectifying the mistake on the programme's website.

She will be following in the footsteps of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown by appearing in the popular slot, although the former prime ministers were interviewed after leaving office.

She has started the trip by announcing a US-based global manufacturing services company is to create more than 200 jobs in Scotland.

Jabil will invest £12.5 million into its operation in Livingston, West Lothian, which will result in an additional 212 jobs and safeguard 147 manufacturing roles.

Jabil is the world's third largest electronic manufacturing services provider, operating across 90 sites globally, and provides services to brands in the aerospace, automotive, computing, consumer, defence, healthcare and communications industries

Ms Sturgeon said: "Scotland has a proud tradition and enviable global reputation for engineering excellence, built on the skills and innovation of our people, making it an attractive location for US businesses.

"Ernst and Young's latest Attractiveness Survey showed that 2014 was Scotland's most successful year in the past decade for attracting US investments and Jabel's announcement is further evidence of this success.''

Jabil plans to create a Centre of Excellence based at Livingston, which will be one of three worldwide.

Dr Joseph McGee, executive vice president of Jabil, said: "We are pleased to be able to announce the expansion of our longstanding Scotland site and leverage the tenured team to grow and expand our global processes and capabilities.''

Scottish Enterprise has supported the first phase of Jabil's Livingston investment with £450,000 of grant funding and continues to engage with the company on future opportunities for the site.

Ms Sturgeon will begin her visit to New York today with a fact-finding mission to a school where attainment levels have improved.

She will seek to draw lessons for Scotland's education system during a meeting with Carmen Farina, the New York City schools chancellor, at Daniel Hale Williams School.

The First Minister will visit New York Presbyterian Hospital, a top children's institution with links to Glasgow's Sick Kids hospital, as well as Jabil, a US based business which is investing in Scotland.

She will also give a business speech at Glasgow Caledonian University's New York campus.

On Tuesday the SNP leader will host a reception to kick off Glasgow School of Art's fundraising appeal in the US before heading to Washington.

There she will address an audience at the World Bank, attend a meeting at the International Monetary Fund, visit the US Holocaust Museum and make a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations.

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