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The House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee has launched an inquiry into UK-Brazil trade and investment. The committee welcomes written evidence. The deadline for submission is close of business on Friday 20 April 2012.

Please see below for the full details.

Announcement of Inquiry

The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee today announced a new inquiry into UK-Brazil trade and investment.

Written evidence should be sent to the Committee’s e-mail address at biscommem@parliament.uk, preferably by close of business on Friday 20 April 2012.

Terms of reference are:

  • Is UK trade strategy for Brazil fit for purpose?
  • How to maintain the momentum of improving UK trade and investment with Brazil and improve market penetration
  • How to make the best of opportunities afforded by the Olympics handover
  • Follow-up on the Trade inquiry including performance of UKTI Strategic Relations Unit and Cabinet sub-Committee on trade and investment, improvements in exporting culture, matters relating to UKTI budget and staffing
  • Progress on the FCO Charter for Business
  • The extent of progress on the targets identified by UKTI and with UKTI outreach
  • The effectiveness of the Export Credit Guarantee Department
  • The role and effectiveness of the new Business Ambassadors and IP attachés including SME and sector representation
  • What evidence is there of successful actual UK Government support for UK businesses in Brazil?
  • Are bilateral trade cooperation bodies, such as the Brazil UKCEO Forum, adequately supported?
  • Are there crossover lessons to be learned from China or India—for instance with business councils?
  • Are business representative organisations supporting their members on export issues?
  • How can supply chain pull through be improved?
  • How do UK export growth targets for Brazil compare with those of major competitor economies?
  • Barriers to trade and investment with Brazil and how they can be addressed
  • Progress with EU-Mercosur and Doha negotiations
  • Progress at JETCO level
  • Is student business visa policy an issue?

Written evidence should be sent to the Committee at the following e-mail address biscommem@parliament.uk, preferably by close of business on Friday 20 April 2012.

A guide for written submissions to Select Committees may be found below:

http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/witnessguide.pdf

Parties submitting evidence are requested to follow these guidelines. Email submissions are strongly preferred. If you wish your evidence to remain confidential, please contact the Committee staff.

Further Information:

Committee Website: www.parliament.uk/bis

Media Information: James Abbott abbottj@parliament.uk   020 719 2003

Specific Committee Information:  biscom@parliament.uk/020 7219 5777/ 020 7219 5779

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Publications / Reports / Reference Material: Copies of all select committee reports are available from the Parliamentary Bookshop (12 Bridge St, Westminster, 020 7219 3890) or the Stationery Office (0845
7023474).  Committee reports, press releases, evidence transcripts, Bills; research papers, a directory of MPs, plus Hansard (from 8am daily) and much more, can be found on www.parliament.uk

Committee Address: Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA

If you have any questions or require assistance in submitting a response please speak to Thomas Nemes at Thomas@tetra-strategy.co.uk