Collaboration and a unified approach across the UK government was central to an Asia House Corporate Members briefing with The Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Minister of State (Indo-Pacific) at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), on Monday, 27 November.
Minister Trevelyan reiterated the UK government’s support for a free and open Indo-Pacific and outlined the FCDO’s work on supporting commercial activities through bilateral and multilateral relations. The discussions also covered updates on the UK’s free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with India, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which is now in the final stages of ratification.
Members at the briefing put a variety of questions to the Minister, including around the potential dialogue between the UK and China’s financial sectors, and capacity building opportunities in partner countries. Businesses at the table were also keen to discuss the CPTPP’s role in establishing British standards within the Indo-Pacific region and the resilience of the UK’s supply chain in managing critical imports.
Chaired by Asia House Chief Executive Michael Lawrence OBE and convened at the think tank’s London headquarters, the briefing gave Asia House Corporate Members a unique opportunity to engage with one of the UK’s leading figures in the UK’s tilt to the Indo-Pacific.
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