UK Trade Minister Increases Southeast Asia Trade in Vietnam, Indonesia Visit


Nigel Huddleston, the UK's minister for international trade, has left for a trip to two Southeast Asian nations to launch fresh negotiations aimed at boosting commerce between the UK and the area. By 2027, Southeast Asia's GDP, which currently stands at over £4 trillion*, should be the third largest in the world.

Although trade between the UK and ASEAN expanded by over 20% last year and was worth £47 billion, there is still a tremendous chance for additional UK enterprises to participate in this enormous market. The UK is in a good position to promote economic growth with this vibrant region and contribute to a more prosperous future as the first new Dialogue Partner to ASEAN in 25 years.

To strengthen connections with the vibrant and quickly expanding commercial bloc, the Minister will meet with ASEAN counterparts in Semarang, Indonesia for the ASEAN Economic Ministers UK Consultation. After that, he will go to Hanoi to co-host the annual meetings of the UK-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement's Trade Committee and Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO). The Minister will further the UK's goal of aiding UK businesses in expanding their sales of goods and services to Vietnam's expanding economy during these.
The Minister of International Trade remarked in a statement before to the visit:

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), an Indo-Pacific trading bloc with a GDP of $12.6 trillion, was signed by Business and trading Secretary Kemi Badenoch only a few weeks prior to the visit. Additionally, it comes after the removal of trade restrictions costing more than £600 million in the financial year 2022–2023 that prevented UK companies from selling to Asia Pacific.

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