Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister will address how Scotland, a nation of just 5.2 million people, has had an enduring influence over the British Isles and beyond. Salmond will address Scotland's constitutional future, the question of independence and its relationship with the United States. He will also discuss modern Scotland as a renewable energy innovator and the ambitious target he has set for the nation to generate 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Finally, he will discuss the nation's credentials in attracting investments in a turbulent global economic climate – touching on everything from Scotland’s thriving life sciences, technology and financial services industries to how modern economies can share their low-carbon expertise for the benefit of the developing world. Salmond worked for decades in high-level economics and banking and made political history after becoming the first nationalist to be elected first minister of Scotland, and proclaiming that he anticipated Scotland to be entirely independent within a decade."
Alex Salmond is the First Minister of Scotland, heading a minority government.
He is leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Member of Parliament for the constituency of Banff and Buchan, and the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Gordon. He is currently serving his second term as leader of the SNP, taking over from John Swinney.
First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond discusses the differences in Ireland's and Scotland's strategies for attaining independence from the United Kingdom. Salmond asserts that Scotland has never shed a drop of blood in their bid for freedom, and he believes the nation is poised for independence.