Diplomatic Representation

House of Lords written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Lord Marlesford Lord Marlesford Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What representations they have received from British business for stronger diplomatic representation in central Asia; and what action they propose to improve such representation.

Photo of Lord Malloch-Brown Lord Malloch-Brown Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Africa, Asia and the UN)

We are not aware of any formal representations from British business for stronger representation in central Asia. UK Trade and Investment is represented in the region through a commercial section at our embassy in Astana and a trade office in Atyrau (both in Kazakhstan). Elsewhere in the region, our ambassadors are active in support of British business. In Turkmenistan, this has primarily been in the oil and gas sector; in Uzbekistan, our ambassador supports the activity of the Uzbek-British Trade and Investment Council and, in Tajikistan, our ambassador has lobbied on behalf of a UK company active in the country.

Our diplomatic representation in the region, and globally, is kept under regular review in order to ensure that the overseas network helps deliver the Government's international priorities, including in support of British business.

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