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Trade Mission: Join Department for International Trade in Indonesia & Vietnam


Please note: Only Midlands based companies in the UK are applicable for joining this trade mission.

The UK-ASEAN Business Council (UKABC) in cooperation with the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Midlands Engine are considering running a multi-sector trade mission to Indonesia and Vietnam. We are requesting initial expressions of interest from companies that are already exporting and looking to expand their activities into these two vibrant markets.

Incredible Indonesia

Indonesia is the powerhouse economy of Southeast Aisa. Currently the 16th largest economy in the world it is projected to be the 4th largest economy in the world by 2050. With a population of over 260 million and a GDP growth of 5.3% (2018 second quarter), Indonesia’s macroeconomic fundamentals are sound and have been strengthening as the government continues to implement critical structural reforms. Indonesia is working hard to attract international investment highlighted by their impressive rise up the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index from 114th in 2014 to 72nd in 2017.

Vibrant Vietnam

Vietnam has one of the fastest-growing, most vibrant economies in Asia. According to the Asian Development Bank, Vietnam is one of the fastest growing economies in the world with an expected growth rate of 7.1% in 2018. Currently, 70% of the population is under 35 years of age, with a life expectancy of close to 73 years. By 2050, Vietnam’s population is expected to reach 120 million.

Vietnam is enjoying increased integration through free trade agreements and business-friendly policy reforms. With an increasingly educated workforce and a growing middle class, Vietnam has positioned itself to be a significant part of the global supply chain and a vibrant economic hub to do business with Southeast Asia.

Who should consider joining this mission?

UK businesses looking to expand their exporting activities in sectors including infrastructure and construction, healthcare and medical, agriculture, education & training, food & drink, consumer goods and retail.

Benefits of joining this market visit:

  • Meet key contacts for customised advice and help to maximise business
  • Explore and understand commercial opportunities
  • Establish and develop in-market networks
  • Receive the latest policy, industry and project updates
  • Understand the latest trends, developments and opportunities
  • Sectors briefings providing market information and advice on doing business in Indonesia and Vietnam
  • Opportunity to meet with relevant government officials and key business contacts
  • Eligible SMEs could qualify for a financial support package of £1,095 (eligibility criteria apply)
  • In-market support from UKABC, DIT and the British Chambers of Commerce based in the market
  • Bespoke meeting package with a minimum of 8 potential distributors or partners within your sector (chargeable service, £1,500 per market)
  • Assistance with discounted flights and accommodation.

Provisional programme
(subject to change)

16 March 2019 – Travel to Indonesia (Jakarta)

18 – 19 March – Indonesia

  • Meetings with industry partners on doing business in Indonesia
  • Matchmaking events with potential buyers, distributors and partners
  • Visits to expos: TBC, Indobuild, Indo Health and Medica.

20 March 2019 – Travel to Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City)

21 – 22 March – Vietnam

  • Meetings with industry partners on doing business in Vietnam
  • Matchmaking events with potential buyers, distributors and partners
  • Visit expos: Inmex (marine), Hortex (agriculture).

How to apply

If interested and your company is based in the Midlands, please register your interest by Friday 21 December by contacting:

Paul North
ASEAN Export Specialist
UK-ASEAN Business Council

Closing date for expressions of interest: 21 December 2018

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