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Securing Asia Summit Closes With Record Attendances From Foreign Delegations

Jun 27, 2012 Publisher: Global Energy Pvt.Ltd

MP Jo Johnson closed the 3 day Counter Terror and Homeland Security Summit, Securing Asia 2012 on Friday, addressing the vital issue of British business opportunities and interests in the Asian homeland security market. Speaking of the need to address the trade deficit, he cited the importance of improving the export competitiveness of UK firms, by getting them to turn and face more resolutely towards the fast growing Asian markets.

He quoted Foreign Secretary William Hague, speaking in Singapore earlier this year: “Today Britain is looking East as never before…Asia’s rise is good for the world, bringing millions out of poverty, providing new opportunities for global trade and investment, and helping to guard against global security threats.” With Government targets set to double bilateral trade with China, India, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia within the next five years, substantial rises in the volume of exports are to be expected. Johnson also particularly stressed the importance of improving trade with India, a position from which Britain has slipped significantly in ranking in the last 10 years.

The Summit was opened on 25th June by the Rt. Hon Jack Straw MP, former UK Home and Foreign Secretary, and architect of the Terrorism Act 2000, delivering a sharp and vigorous analysis of ‘The British Experience of Battling Terrorism: Lessons for Asian Policy Makers and Business Opportunities in Asia.’ Straw stressed “the critical issue of how governments balance the imperative of protecting their peoples from the immediate threat of terrorism to their lives and property with wider political action aimed at reducing or neutralising the nature of the threat in the first place.” He qualified the difficulties inherent in branding people or movements as ‘te