UK traders can hear about the benefits of the UK-Japan free trade agreement from the lead negotiators themselves at an online conference next week.
The ‘UK Japan Free Trade Summit’ on Wednesday 20 January will provide delegates with an in-depth understanding of how UK firms across multiple sectors can make the most of the trade deal signed last year.
World class speaker line-up
High-ranking officials from Japan, including chief negotiator Hiroshi Matsuura and British Ambassador to Japan Paul Madden CMG, will join Trade Secretary Liz Truss speaking at the event.
Also speaking will be senior figures from government and trade associations in both countries, as well as the IOE&IT’s academy director Kevin Shakespeare who will be presenting the trade and customs implications of the trade deal.
You can view the full speaker line-up and registration details here.
Land of opportunity
The UK’s deal with Japan last year was its first independent agreement in 47 years after leaving the EU.
The deal replicated many of the terms of the EU’s own agreement with Japan but had gains in digital and data, financial services and increased tariff-free trade for more goods – as reported in the Daily Update at the time.
According to advisory site Export to Japan – whose CEO Steve Crane is also speaking at the event – doing business in Japan has the following benefits:
- It is the third largest economy after the US and China
- It is possible to set up a business in Japan in two weeks
- You can establish profitable business there in 3-5 years
- It is globally connected with 20 ports and 5 international airports
Discount for IOE&IT members
IOE&IT members can get a 30% discount for the summit, reducing the delegate fee from £250+VAT to £175+VAT.
Small companies – those with less than 50 employees – can attend for £95+VAT.
To gain access to the discount code, email firstname.lastname@example.org