South Asia Virtual Roadshow - 2-12 November 2020
2 November 2020 | 10 days

About the roadshow
The Department for International Trade is delighted to launch the UK-South Asia Virtual Roadshow – a virtual programme of free webinars designed to support businesses from across the United Kingdom to understand the range of opportunities and support available to you to grow your business in South Asia.

This is a fantastic opportunity for any business or organisation seeking opportunities in this growing region. India and South Asia matter to the UK more than ever – and this event gives participants the opportunity to hear from the Government of India as well as partners and thought leaders in the field. The programme will also include sessions on Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Companies will be able to book bespoke 1-2-1 sessions with DIT market experts, as well as hear practical advice from businesses who are already working in the UK-South Asia corridor during sector and country-specific webinars. Topics covered during the fortnight will include macro-economy and accessing the South Asia opportunity, advanced engineering, financial and professional services, healthcare, energy, creative, sports, infrastructure, education, defence and more.

How do I register?
Each webinar will be no longer than an hour and a half – you get to choose how much you would like to participate! This website will be updated regularly with more details about the programme and specific sessions.

Places are free but please register your interest early to avoid disappointment and to book exclusive B2B meetings. You will receive deatails when specific sessions are live.

India, the world's largest democracy, dominates the region and has contributed more to the global GDP from 2005-2018 than any country outside China and the US in addition to improving Ease of Doing Business. Despite economic slow-downs, in large part due to Covid-19, the IMF predicts that India will continue to be a significant contributor to global growth.

Beyond the strong economic fundamentals, our nations share a 'Living Bridge' of countless personal and professional ties. This has resulted in multiple trade, research and innovation partnerships – in particular between India and the UK’s young, tech-savvy populations. It is exactly these sort of partnerships that have led to bilateral trade increasing by almost 10% to £24bn in 2019. The UK and Indian governments are invested in this relationship. At the UK-India Joint Economic Trade Committee this year, the UK and India agreed to deliver an Enhanced Trade Partnership as a roadmap towards a potential free trade agreement in future.

Bangladesh is expected to be one of just a handful of countries with positive economic growth this year which reflects the underlying strength of the economy. Once the worst effects of Covid are over we anticipate a strong bounce-back, underpinned by rapidly expanding domestic demand.This growth opens up commercial opportunities in finance, healthcare, education,technology and defence procurement.

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka aims to be the gateway to the whole of Asia given its strategic location. Sri Lanka's Colombo port is already the busiest in South Asia with two thirds of all global container shipments passing within 10 nautical miles. Sri Lanka is seeking to capitalise on its geography by promoting opportunities in sectors such as infrastructure, financial and professional services, technology and manufacturing, plus strategic development projects including Colombo Port City and the Hambantota International Port Group.

Nepal has the potential for economic growth through the development of hydro-electric power. Sectors like education, agriculture, manufacturing and tourism present significant opportunities for business that already trade with India and China.

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