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UK-Ukraine Digital Trade Agreement could be extended to Jersey

UK-Ukraine Digital Trade Agreement could be extended to Jersey

Tuesday 21 March 2023

UK-Ukraine Digital Trade Agreement could be extended to Jersey

Tuesday 21 March 2023


Jersey's government has welcomed the new Digital Trade Agreement between the UK and Ukraine, which could be extended to the island.

Assistant Minister for External Relations Deputy Ian Gorst said the island stood with the UK in support of the development of Ukraine's digital infrastructure.

The agreement means both the UK and Ukraine have access to each other's digital economies as well as making a commitment to not impose customs duties on electronic transmissions.

According to the island's government, there will be an opportunity for Ministers to have the agreement extended to Jersey, at a later date.

Deputy Gorst said: "Jersey welcomes this agreement, and we remain committed to standing with the UK in supporting the development of Ukraine’s digital infrastructure whilst their physical infrastructure continues to be under threat.

"Our potential participation would be a positive development for our Island’s economy and digital industries."

"Like the UK-Singapore agreement, our participation would be proportional to our needs and interests, allowing us to extend the agreement, or specific provisions within it, at a later date."

Negotiations for the new Digital Trade Agreement between the UK and Ukraine started in August last year.

The new agreement also includes the cutting of red tape to make trade cheaper faster and more secure, according to the Island's government. The agreement would also support modern trade in sectors such as financial services, agriculture, manufacturing, legal advice and architecture.

Deputy Gorst added: "We will continue to seek opportunities for Jersey within the UK’s own trade agenda, where it is in our interests to do so."

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