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The authorities says the “upgraded” tie-up will enhance the prevailing £ 16 billion–a–yr commerce between Britain and the South-East Asian powerhouse.

It comes after Rishi Sunak and his Korean counterpart agreed a brand new accord that may see £21 billion of enterprise funding into the UK.

The funding in renewable power and infrastructure tasks will assist greater than 1500 extremely expert jobs throughout the UK.

News that commerce talks are set to get underway caps a blockbuster November for Ms Badenoch who has already signed an enormous commerce take care of Florida – which has a GDP of £1.1 trillion.

A mega free commerce settlement with India can also be on the horizon, whereas Britain earlier this yr joined the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) Indo-Pacific commerce bloc within the greatest post-Brexit deal to this point.

South Korea is the thirteenth largest economic system on the earth and its import demand is about to develop quickly.

Trade talks with Turkey may also start shortly.

With round 45 million middle-class customers and an import market anticipated to develop by 45 per cent by 2035, the market presents large alternatives for UK firms.

The UK and South Korea are each main fashionable economies with huge digital sectors and the present commerce deal, negotiated greater than a decade in the past, doesn’t embrace digital chapters that replicate the trendy economic system.

With almost 80 per cent of UK companies exports to Korea delivered digitally in 2021, securing fashionable digital provisions may unlock huge alternatives for UK companies.

The UK’s commerce with South Korea has greater than doubled in present costs since our present commerce deal was agreed in 2011.

An upgraded commerce deal is anticipated to spice up our £16 billion annual buying and selling relationship with South Korea, supporting jobs and livelihoods up and down the UK.

Speaking forward of the launch, Business and Trade Secretary Ms Badenoch mentioned: “The government is upgrading our trade deal with South Korea to ensure that our trading relationship plays to the UK’s strengths as an advanced, high-tech economy.

“This refreshed, modernised deal will boost our world-leading services sector, while also creating new opportunities for UK exports such as in our world-leading food and luxury goods sectors.”

Foreign direct funding from Korea stood at simply £1.9 billion in 2021.

The new funding contains £9.7 billion to fund UK renewables, inexperienced infrastructure and waste administration tasks.

Another £2 billion by Shinhan Financial Group will drive funding into renewable power and infrastructure tasks throughout the UK.

Food and drink firm SPC will make investments £150 million in foods and drinks to ascertain 200 cafés throughout the UK, creating 400 jobs.

The new enterprise funding tie-up was introduced as South Korean President President Yoon Suk Yeol arrives within the UK for a state go to immediately.

The Downing Street Accord follows the signing of comparable partnerships with Singapore and Japan earlier this yr.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak mentioned: “Long-term, global partnerships are vital to our prosperity and security, both today and in the future.

“As two nations focussed on innovation, harnessing new technologies and defending the international rules-based order, the UK and the Republic of Korea are natural partners.

“Through our new Downing Street Accord, we will drive investment, boost trade and build a friendship that not only supports global stability, but protects our interests and lasts the test of time.

“These close ties have already propelled £21 billion of investment between our countries, and I know a Free Trade Agreement fit for the future will only drive further investment, delivering on my promise to grow the economy and support highly skilled jobs.”

The future-focussed Accord additionally contains agreements to work nearer collectively to harness the potential of important applied sciences like AI, quantum and semiconductors to create jobs and unlock financial development.