LONDON, October 7 (Hfrance.fr) - Great Britain will make its first step towards trade negotiations with the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC),telling UK companies what they want a deal to cover.
Trade Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan aims for a deal with the GCC - Saudi Arabia , United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain - as she seeks to forge new ties in the world after Britain's exit from the European Union.
On Friday, Trevelyan will launch a 14-week Consultation, calling on the public and businesses to share their views on what a deal should look like. She will also meet with representatives of the GCC in London.
"We want a modern and comprehensive deal that removes barriers to trade in a huge market for food and drink and in areas like digital commerce and renewable energy, which will create well-paying jobs in all parts of the UK, ”she said.are in a statement.
An agreement would be a step forward on Britain's relations as a member of the EU: EU meets with the GCC every year to establish economic cooperation and develop closer trade and investment ties, but 18-year negotiations on a trade deal were stalled in 2008.
The GCC has not implemented a free trade agreement since 2015 and Britain has not set a tible for the negotiations.
Britain already has close strategic and military ties with the Gulf countries, and trade with the region was worth over £ 30 billion in 2020.
However, the pursuit of a formal trade deal could rekindle political concerns over who post-Brexit Britain seeks to make more of affaires. learn more
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