Overseas Trade: Far East

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of William Hague William Hague Shadow Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what conclusions have been reached on the scope for raising the UK's trade profile in (a) Malaysia, (b) Qatar, (c) Singapore, (d) South Korea, (e) Thailand and (f) Vietnam, as set out in the July 2006 five year strategy on prosperity in a changing world; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Parliamentary Under-Secretary(Department for International Development) (Trade Policy) (also Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Trade and Consumer Affairs) (also Department for International Development), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

As outlined in UK Trade and Investment's (UKTI) five year strategy, "Prosperity in a Changing World", we have deployed our overseas network resource to achieve a step change in the UK's profile in emerging markets. To date, the following additional resources (UK-based civil servants and local engaged (LE) officers) have already been deployed or are planned for the following countries in question:

Market New resource deployed New resource planned
Malaysia One UK-based
Qatar One UK-based and two LE
Singapore One UK-based
South Korea
Thailand One UK-based
Vietnam One UK-based One LE

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