UK 'wants to get back to business as usual' says expert
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The Prime Minister has been urged to pour his energies into two key areas as the UK moves out of lockdown. Global business developer Hilary Fordwich has provided the Prime Minister with some advice on how to secure Britain’s economy following the coronavirus pandemic. She has urged Boris Johnson to look at “reducing the gap in the skills sector, and finalising trade agreements with other countries.”
Ms Fordwich told RT’s Boom Bust programme: “I think something that has been very much reported in the UK, and that is a direct fallout from Covid, is the skills gap.
“I think like everywhere else in the world obviously the more highly-educated the family the more high-educated the demographic the easier at has been for them to stay not only abrest of education and learning.
“But the skills gap has widened across the Globe, but also, particularly in the UK.
“Your seeing that the number of applicants for the A-levels, which is an advanced level of degree has decreased and there is a skills gap concern in the UK.
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“I don’t think this is unique to the UK but certainly the UK has to work on that to get back to business as usual,” she continued.
“The other thing that will get the UK back to business as usual are the finalisation of global trade agreements.
“Including the one that is still impending that is with the US and of course the one I just mentioned with Liz Truss in the Pacific.
“But she’s finalised over 60 agreements so far so it is trade agreements and it is skills bases.”
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It comes as Ms Truss was praised after agreeing to another post-Brexit agreement for the UK, this one with Thailand.
The International Trade Secretary has set up a new framework to explore further investment opportunities with the emerging markets across Asia.
Ms Truss and Thailand’s Minister of Commerce and Deputy Prime Minister, Jurin Laksanawisit, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to increase collaboration.
The announcement earlier today follows a Joint Trade Review conducted by both sides in 2020.
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The partnership is also set to benefit UK exports of power generating equipment and car parts.
Ms Truss said the partnership will help to “boost our economy, create jobs, increase wages and bring prosperity”.
She pointed out the importance of building relations across Asia by stating two-thirds of the global middle-class population will be based in the continent by the end of the decade.
Ms Truss, said: “The UK and Thailand have a long and historic relationship, with shared values and interest in mutual prosperity and maintaining the rules-based international system.”
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