Overseas Trade: Burma

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what advice the Government gives to UK companies that are considering or that are currently engaged in joint ventures or other forms of business with military-owned or controlled companies in Burma.

Photo of Mark Garnier Mark Garnier Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) helps businesses export, drives investment, opens up markets and champions free trade. DIT’s team in Burma play an active role in supporting UK businesses looking to do business with Burma.

We offer advice and support on working with local partners and encourage all British companies to undertake appropriate due diligence on any partnerships. We also ensure that companies are aware of UK legislation including the UK Bribery Act (2010) and any remaining sanctions in relation to doing business with Burma.

The Department for International Trade continues to support trade with Burma as an important part of driving mutual prosperity, creating jobs and driving economic growth, which the UK Government believes will be crucial to securing the country's political transition.

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