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star this property date less than 2018-07-18more like thismore than 2018-07-18
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Department for International Trade more like this
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star this property hansard heading Trade Agreements more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on new trade deals with (1) South Africa, (2) Tanzania, (3) South Korea, (4) Colombia, and (5) Kenya; how many visits to those countries have been made since 23 June 2016 by ministers and officials of the Department for International Trade; and what was the total cost of such visits. more like this
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Lord Jones of Cheltenham more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-08-02more like thismore than 2018-08-02
star this property answer text <p>The United Kingdom cannot negotiate its own trade agreements while it is still a member of the European Union. The UK remains committed to supporting ongoing EU negotiations with third countries and will remain a strong advocate for free trade.</p><p> </p><p>As the UK leaves the EU, the Government is seeking to ensure continuity for our existing EU trade agreements, including those with: Algeria, Colombia, Egypt, Mexico, South Africa (as part of the <em>Southern African Development Community</em> Economic Partnership Agreement), South Korea and Ukraine, as well as with Vietnam once the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement has been ratified.</p><p> </p><p>The UK continues to support the implementation of the EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the East Africa Community (EAC), including Kenya. If all EAC partners find a way to sign the EPA, the UK will also seek to replicate the effects of this agreement before we leave the EU.</p><p> </p><p>The Government is talking with a range of key trade partners to explore the best ways of delivering our priorities for our trade and investment relationships. These include working groups with Colombia, Mexico, South Korea and Turkey, and commercial dialogues with Argentina and Thailand.</p><p> </p><p>We have introduced legislation which enables the UK to put in place a trade preference scheme for developing countries which will, as a minimum, provide the same level of access as the EU’s scheme. Ethiopia, the Philippines, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burma, Tanzania and Uganda are currently beneficiaries of the EU scheme.</p><p> </p><p>The Department for International Trade (DIT) is working with all the listed countries on promoting trade and investment relationships, including through our overseas network of embassies and High Commissions. The number of visits to these countries by Ministers from DIT are given in the tables below. DIT’s Permanent Secretary (Antonia Romeo) and Second Permanent Secretary (Crawford Falconer) have not visited these countries in the period specified. Visits to these countries by other DIT officials is not recorded centrally.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Country</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total visits</strong> (23 June 2016 – present)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Mexico</p></td><td><p>3</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Ethiopia</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Philippines</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Egypt</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Vietnam</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>DRC</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Iran</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Turkey</p></td><td><p>3</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Thailand</p></td><td><p>3</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Burma</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>South Africa</p></td><td><p>3</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Tanzania</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>South Korea</p></td><td><p>3</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Colombia</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Kenya</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Argentina</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Ukraine</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Algeria</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Uganda</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Iraq</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Details of expenditure for DIT Ministerial travel overseas is published on the Gov.uk website on a quarterly basis: <a href="http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dit-ministers-meetings-hospitality-gifts-and-overseas-travel-january-to-march-2018" target="_blank">www.gov.uk/government/publications/dit-ministers-meetings-hospitality-gifts-and-overseas-travel-january-to-march-2018</a>.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Fairhead more like this
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