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Jordan: Overseas Trade

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage trade between Jordan and the UK. (282293)

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) provide a range of support services to UK companies wishing to trade with Jordan. These are detailed on the UKTI web pages.

Specific events that have been supported by UKTI in the last year to encourage trade between Jordan and the UK include:

two education events in October 2008 and February to promote the opportunities in Jordan to UK companies;

a trade mission with UK health care companies to Jordan in February;

a joint event with the Arab British Chamber of Commerce to promote the opportunities in Jordan to UK companies;

several regional Gulf events such as Arab Health and the Big 5 (construction) exhibitions where UK companies could access information about doing business in Jordan.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much trade there was between Jordan and the UK in the last five years. (282294)

The value of goods exported to Jordan in 2004 amounted to £161 million, in 2005 £186 million, in 2006 £160 million, in 2007 £164 million and in 2008 £210 million.

The value of goods imported from Jordan in 2004 amounted to £20 million, in 2005 £22 million, in 2006 £20 million, in 2007 £37 million and in 2008 £21 million.