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Shanghai Trade Expo

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what resources she has allocated to support for the Shanghai Trade Expo in 2010; which Government post will represent the UK; and which UK companies have signed up to this event. (111426)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), UK Trade and Investment and Department of Trade and Industry have collectively allocated £3.5 million towards the Shanghai World Expo 2010. Several other Government Departments, the English regions and the devolved administrations are actively considering their participation in this project. Although this is not a trade fair, a number of leading UK companies are in the frame for sponsorship (none have formally signed up to date). As with previous Expos, co-ordinating UK participation in Shanghai is an FCO lead. The Consulate-General in Shanghai will take the leading role in representing the UK during this six-month event.