LONDON (Reuters) – Trade secretary Liam Fox will invite abroad traders on Thursday to submit bids for financing 30 billion kilos of tasks to assist the world’s sixth-largest economic system deal with the upheaval of leaving the European Union.
Britain is attempting reinvent itself as a global buying and selling nation and enhance financial ties with international locations outdoors Europe because the government prepares to go away the EU subsequent 12 months.
Investors will likely be provided the possibility to fund 68 tasks throughout 20 sectors of the economic system, together with expertise, housing and retail, and lots of the tasks are outdoors London in much less prosperous components of Britain.
The Department for International Trade will promote the tasks to traders abroad and extra will likely be added within the coming months.
“This is a bold and ambitious programme, building on the UK’s position as the leading destination for foreign investment in Europe,” Fox mentioned in a press release.
Prime Minister Theresa May has made infrastructure spending a cornerstone of her industrial technique, a hands-on method to business that had largely been deserted by her Conservative predecessors from the time of Margaret Thatcher within the 1980s.
Britain lagged each different G7 nation by way of development final 12 months and has been outpaced by the euro zone ever because the referendum to go away the EU in 2016.
Global international direct funding into Britain shrank by 90 % to $19.four billion (£14.three billion) final 12 months, in accordance with United Nations knowledge. However, this did come towards unprecedented funding in 2016 led by some mega-deals.
The Confederation of British Industry’s Director General Carolyn Fairbairn welcomed the Department for International Trade’s announcement.
This will “be a vital tool to attracting even more capital to the UK, enabling the benefits of free trade and investment to flow into our communities,” Fairbairn mentioned.
Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; modifying by Stephen Addison