(London Post) David Cameron is leading a trade delegation to Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia this week to boost UK trade and investment. The Prime Minister is joined by 31 representatives from businesses from every region of the UK. Deals worth over £750 million and creating 270 new jobs across the UK are due to be agreed this week.
The PM met President Jokowi of Indonesia at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta before visiting ASEAN headquarters. He also attended a business event to discuss infrastructure and investment opportunities. Later that day he toured street stalls and visited the Sunda Kelapa Mosque in Jakarta to talk to religious and community leaders about tackling extremism.
PM priorities for the visit
Trade and investment
The main focus of the visit is about opening doors to future trade. The region is forecast to grow at 5% this year and has the potential to unlock huge opportunities for jobs and growth in the UK.
The PM has called for the EU to jump start a trade agreement with ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) worth £3 billion to the UK economy.
The PM raised the threat from Islamist extremism with President Widodo in Indonesia and will do so later in the week with Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia. The leaders will discuss what more the UK can do with countries in south-east Asia to defeat terrorism. Read the Prime Minister’s recent speech on extremism or listen to an audio version.