The UK’s Indo-Pacific trade policy tilt: what does it mean for business?

Tuesday 5th October | 15.15 – 16.15

The Conservative’s post Brexit international trade strategy is notably focused on the Indo-Pacific. The framework behind the UK’s first post-Brexit FTA with Japan looks set to form the basis of the UK’s agreement with the CPTPP. With a deal reached with Australia, and a New Zealand agreement high on the Government’s trade agenda, the UK’s strategic and trade tilt toward the Indo-Pacific is clear, but can this strategy deliver economic benefits at home? Which sectors and which countries should be prioritised? What does Government and business need to do to support export and investment across the UK and adapt respectively?

Mark Littlewood (Chair) | is the Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs. Since 2009, Mark has overseen the expansion of the IEA’s influence and media profile. Mark appears regularly on TV and Radio, often featuring as a guest on flagship political programmes such as BBC Question Time, Newsnight, Sky News and the Today Programme. He also holds a regular segment on Times Radio and writes a bi-weekly column for The Times.

Lord Karan Bilimoria | is the President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and has decades of experience in the world of business and entrepreneurship. He is the founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited and Chairman of Molson Coors Cobra India.

Lord Bilimoria is also involved in strengthening UK-India trade and investments ties as the founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council, and a founding member of the Prime Minister of India’s Global Advisory Council. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young and graduated in law from the University of Cambridge.

The Hon. George Brandis | has had a distinguished career in law and politics in Australia. A barrister by profession, he served as a Senator in the Australian Parliament for 18 years. He was a Minister in the Governments of John Howard, Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull. His ministerial appointments included Minister for the Arts, Attorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate. As Attorney-General, he was responsible for the reform of Australia’s espionage and foreign interference laws, and played a leading role in the introduction of marriage equality in Australia in 2017.

Anishka Jelicich | leads the government and industry relations team for Pernod Ricard’s three UK-based entities: Chivas Brothers (Pernod Ricard’s Scotch whisky business); Global Travel Retail; and Pernod Ricard UK (its UK wines and spirits distribution business). Anishka joined Pernod Ricard in 2010. She served as an advisor in the New Zealand Parliament to two government ministers and worked for the New Zealand Treasury and New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has a Masters’ Degree in Public Policy, and B.A. and Post Graduate Diploma in French.

Shanker Singham | is CEO of Competere, a trade law and economic policy consultancy, and Chairman of the Competere Foundation for trade and competition policy. He has advised governments and multinationals on international trade, competition and regulatory issues for three decades. He is a member of the Advisory Council of Wilton Park, a member of the Bretton Woods Committee and the US Council on Foreign Relations. He is an academic fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs. Shanker was a member of the Department of International Trade’s Trade and Agriculture Commission, serves as an advisor on DIT’s Technical Working Group on TBT issues, and is a former cleared advisor to the US Trade Representative. The author of a leading text book on trade and competition and numerous IEA papers, Shanker most recently wrote “Eastern Promises: Assessing the future of UK-India trade”.