S. Korean trade chief, British envoy discuss CPTPP, supply chains
Published : Apr 14, 2022 - 09:36
Updated : Apr 14, 2022 - 10:26

South Korea's Trade Minister Yeo Han-koo (R) and British Ambassador to South Korea Colin Crooks pose for a photo ahead of their talks in Seoul on Thursday, in this photo provided by Yeo's office. (Yeo Han-koo's office)
South Korea's Trade Minister Yeo Han-koo and British Ambassador to South Korea Colin Crooks on Thursday discussed ways of cooperation on joining a mega free trade deal in the Asia-Pacific region and supply chains, Seoul's trade ministry said.

During the meeting in Seoul, Yeo asked for Britain's support in South Korea's push for membership to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.

The Seoul government is working to submit an official application for the CPTPP in April, and Britain submitted an application to join the pact in February last year.

The CPTPP involves 11 nations, including Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand, whose trade volume stood at $5.2 trillion as of 2020, accounting for around 15 percent of the world's total.

Yeo and the British ambassador also discussed global supply chain disruptions and shared the need to strengthen bilateral cooperation to ensure stable supply chains.

They also agreed to continue consultations on key trade issues of mutual concern, such as digital trade and carbon neutrality, as talks have been under way to launch negotiations on upgrading the bilateral free trade agreement (FTA), according to the ministry.

The two nations agreed in February to initiate talks within this year to revise their FTA, which went into effect in January 2021 in the wake of Britain's departure from the European Union.

One year after the pact, bilateral trade volume came to $11.8 billion, up 32.6 percent from the same period a year earlier, according to government data. (Yonhap)