Made in the UK, Sold to the Indo-Pacific

Local News 10 Apr 2024

Indo-Pacific Trade Roadshow 2024

Why the Indo-Pacific?

  • Thanks to the rapid growth of South Asia and the Asia Pacific, the world's centre of economic gravity is shifting eastwards. The South Asia and Asia Pacific regions are expected to account for a quarter (25%) of global growth in the decades to come. With two of the world’s top five largest economies (India and Japan) in 2050 expected to be in these regions, the Indo-Pacific will be a global economic centre.
  • South Asia and Asia Pacific will be home to around a quarter of the world’s middle-class consumers by 2050.
  • In the decades to come, the Indo-Pacific will be the crucible of solutions to many of the pressing global challenges that we face – from climate and biodiversity to maritime security and geopolitical competition linked to our rules and norms.
  • The UK already sells over £84 billion worth of goods and services to the Indo-Pacific (in the 12 months to September 2023), which encompasses well-known markets such as India, Singapore, Japan and Australia, as well as many more including Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

Why an Indo-Pacific Trade Roadshow in the UK?

The Roadshow will:

  1. Equip UK SMEs with the tools to sell to the expansive and diverse Indo-Pacific region. The markets we will be showcasing include:
    • Asia Pacific: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam;
    • South Asia: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Maldives.
  2. Highlight live export opportunities across the region, explain how to overcome obstacles to export and signpost public and private support, including free-to-access advice from the Department for Business and Trade’s (DBT) Export Support Service.
  3. Shine a spotlight on the benefits of our new and expanding network of the UK’s Free Trade Agreements, including the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
  • For the first time, this Roadshow will combine two of His Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) regions, South Asia and Asia-Pacific. This will increase impact and jointly bridge the perception gap for this mega-region.
  • The Roadshow will highlight amazing success stories of UK companies thriving in the Indo-Pacific, the best demonstration the opportunities in the region.

What will the Roadshow involve?

  • The Roadshow will target export-ready companies from across the length and breadth of the UK. This time we’ll be stopping off at Reading, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Belfast, Leeds, and London.
  • Join us for free to hear from senior government officials including His Majesty's Trade Commissioners for Asia Pacific and South Asia, UK Ministers, and Trade Envoys.
  • Learn about the free-to-access advice available from the Export Support Service, a dedicated team helping businesses of all sizes explore new markets.
  • Engage with expert regional sector leads, who will bring real opportunities to life for UK companies and be available for 1-2-1 meetings for bespoke advice and support.
  • Our Export Academy will provide guidance for your next steps in growing your business and selling overseas.
  • Engage with a wide network of partners. Connect with UK Export Finance, the British Chambers, the UK-ASEAN Business Council, the UK-India Business Council, and sponsor companies, who can give you a boost no matter which stage of the export journey you're at.
  • Hear from other companies about how they achieved their export success and what they wish they’d known before they started out.
  • Network in-person with potential partners and clients. If you can’t join a Roadshow location in person, we’re still here to help. You can tune in on social media and access the support from government and our partners online.

Where will the Roadshow travel to in the UK?

  • 17 June - Reading
  • 18 June - Cardiff
  • 19 June - Birmingham
  • 20 June - Manchester
  • 25 June - Edinburgh and Belfast
  • 26 June - Leeds
  • 27 June - London

How do I find out more?
If you have any questions, please reach out to us at [email protected]

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