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International Policy and Trade

We believe the UK should be a leader in digital trade policy and international regulatory cooperation on tech. We work with government to develop state-of-the-art policy in both trade negotiations and international fora for tech policy coordination. We provide member companies with the opportunity to learn about and engage with foreign markets, by sharing knowledge, expertise and networks. And we welcome international tech companies into the UK to expand their service offering in our country.

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Digital Trade Campaign Week 2022 #techUKDigitalTrade

Through blogs and case studies, techUK members, academics and policy-makers are showcasing what is digital trade and why it matters #techUKDigitalTrade.

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Trade forums

techUK has a number of country-specific forums that bring members together to discuss issues and events that may impact their growth within that locality and between the two nations.

UK-India Tech Forum

The forum brings members together to discuss issues and events that may impact their growth in the UK and India and provides an avenue for collective concerns to be aired and discussed with the government as well as for participants to explore emerging opportunities for growth and expanding their business networks.

UK-China Tech Forum

The forum allows members to engage with key stakeholders in government and business in areas of UK-China tech trade, policy and market growth, and expand their business networks via topical engagements throughout the year.

UK-Japan Tech Forum

Following the CEPA conclusion, the forum aims to support businesses in taking full advantage of the new trade partnership between UK and Japan, explores collaboration opportunities on emerging tech and helps members growth business in both markets.

UK-APAC Tech Forum

Focused on Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and the ASEAN countries, the forum provides engagement opportunities with key stakeholders in government and business to drive new digital economy partnerships, address barriers to digital market access and expand commercial networks in the region.

 

Groups

The working groups provide business intelligence, networking and event opportunities. Get involved if you are a techUK member.

Trade Working Group

The techUK Trade Working Group provides strategic direction for all techUK activities related to international trade and supports techUK members in driving UK’s digital trade policy, and developing positions and raising issues on the ongoing and upcoming bilateral trade negotiations. The group also creates an avenue for discussions around the WTO e-commerce negotiations and UK’s accession to the CPTPP, and for fostering techUK leadership in global settings such as WTO, OECD, UNCTAD, G7, G20.

Trade and Customs Compliance Group

The Trade and Customs Compliance Group (formerly JETSECC & ITAC) is the policy work forum on export controls, dual-use, defence exports, customs and the rules around international trade.

 

Digital Trade Conference 2021

Last year, techUK and partners brought together academics, thought leaders, technology experts and policy makers at techUK’s first annual Digital Trade Conference. The conference focused on four key geographical areas – Australia/New Zealand/Singapore, Japan, WTO/European Union and USA/Canada, exploring global best practice in digital trade, what does good look like, what we can learn from each other and how the UK can help drive a vision for open digital trade going forward.

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Chatham House Global Trade 2020

Sabina Ciofu, techUK spoke at the Global Trade Conference which brought together leading stakeholders to discuss key developments in global trade and how to create a truly effective and sustainable system(s) of global governance. With keynote address given by the UK Secretary of State for international trade The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP.

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Digital Trade and Services Trade - are they increasingly the same?

Webinar as a part of the Geneva Trade Week with Sally Jones, Trade Strategy Partner, Ernst & Young, Sabina Ciofu, Head of EU and Trade Policy, techUK, Jane Drake-Brockman, Institute for International Trade, University of Adelaide & Rebecca Fisher-Lamb, HM Deputy Trade Commissioner for Africa, UK Department for International Trade.

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All techUK's work is led by our members - keep in touch or get involved by joining one of the programmes below.

International Policy and Trade

techUK’s International Policy and Trade Programme works with stakeholders across the UK Government as well as with our partners around the globe on representing the tech sector in trade-related matters and seeks to expand opportunities for business growth. Our programme helps businesses access export opportunities in key strategic markets and works with the industry to shape the government’s agenda on trade.

Policy and Public Affairs

techUK's policy and public affairs function makes the case to government and policymakers across Westminster, Whitehall, Brussels and the devolved nations on the most pressing issues facing businesses and the tech sector.

Market Access

The techUK Market Access Programme helps members understand, shape, and comply with the increasingly complex array of regulations and laws that underpin international trade. We work with government officials and legal experts to help members understand and shape policy around standards, technical regulations, sanctions, trade policy and export controls, subjects tech firms need to be on top of to trade internationally.

2021 achievements and 2022 objectives

Explore our Policy and Public Affairs programme's achievements and objectives here.

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