Trade, Development, and Immigration

New export strategy right to encourage openness and prioritise growth


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Commenting on the Department for International Trade’s new export strategy, Julian Jessop, Chief Economist at the Institute of Economic Affairs said:

“The Government is right to prioritise growth in international trade. Increased openness to both exports and imports allows countries to benefit from economies of scale, more specialisation and competition, and the greater sharing of knowledge. Consumers gain from lower prices, higher quality, and more choice.

“The 35% target for exports as a share of GDP looks arbitrary and suggests that exports are an end in themselves, rather than a means to pay for more goods and services, including imports, to be consumed in the UK. We should also be wary of attempts to pick winners and direct the economy by subsidising one sector over another.

“Nonetheless, the Government does have an important role to play in creating the conditions under which exporters can thrive. As well as raising awareness of the opportunities and financial support available to exporters, the Government should aim to reduce the burdens of tax and regulation for all businesses.”


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