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    Crawford Falconer outlines UK’s CPTPP progress and wider trade agenda

    Published On: 11 February 2021

    As the UK pursues its ‘Global Britain’ agenda, Asia House welcomed Crawford Falconer, the UK Government’s Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser, to brief Corporate Members on Britain’s trade prospects in Asia and beyond.

    The off-the-record briefing took place in the week that Liz Truss, Secretary of State for International Trade, visited India in a bid to boost economic relations, just days after the UK formally tabled its intent to join the CPTPP – developments which reflect the importance of Asia to the UK’s global trade strategy.

    Falconer outlined the timeframe for the UK’s potential accession to the CPTPP, and the likely progression of future negotiations. He also discussed the state of trade relations with partners such as the US, Australia and New Zealand, as well as his thoughts on the trajectory of the rules-based international order and world trade system.

    A global audience of Asia House Corporate Members joined the digital briefing, with Falconer taking a range of questions, from UK-India trade relations to the need to ensure SMEs engage with, and understand the benefits of, free trade agreements.

    The UK’s stance going into CPTPP talks, as well as the prospects of China and the US joining the deal, were also discussed.

    Chaired by Asia House Chief Executive Michael Lawrence, the briefing was convened exclusively for Asia House Corporate Members.

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