UK lays out plans to promote British tech worldwide

The government has rolled out a plan outlining its ambitions to set the UK as a global tech superpower by 2030. 

Unveiled by Foreign Secretary James Cleverly and Science, Innovation and Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan, the roadmap follows a similar framework laid out by the DSIT and comes after Mr Cleverly positioned tech at the heart of the UK’s foreign policy.

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Mr Cleverly spoke at the London launch event about the importance of backing UK businesses in the tech sector, he said: ‘Now more than ever, it is important that the UK steps up to promote British tech excellence worldwide and takes a stand against the malign influences that seek to use tech against us.’ 

Described as setting out the ‘work being done’ to follow up on partnerships and ambitions laid out in the DSIT’s framework, the roadmap will similarly focus on five critical and emerging technologies: AI, quantum computing, semiconductors, telecoms and engineering biology. 

The International Technology Strategy is also guided by the four principles of being ‘open, responsible, secure and resilient’ to drive innovation in the UK, with the government working alongside public sector, academic and industry partners. 

One way the strategy will expand these partnerships is through a growing network of ‘tech envoys’ around the world, building on the appointment of the country’s first tech envoy, Joe White, in Silicon Valley. 

A new Technology Centre of Expertise will also support global tech innovation by bringing together digital experts from different industries to support countries wanting to ‘transform their economies in a sustainable and inclusive manner.’ 

Ms Donelan said: ‘We are a top-class breeding ground for emerging tech, but being a superpower means working with our international partners to turn these nascent technologies into global industries. 

‘Our International Tech Strategy will ensure we deepen collaboration with our allies on the technologies of tomorrow, driving growth and prosperity for the UK while strengthening our national security.’ 

Other work outlined in the strategy includes working with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Global Technology Forum on engaging with the international tech community and utilising the UK’s recently secured seat on the Council of the International Telecommunications Union to increase connectivity. 

The Strategy expands on Mr Cleverly’s recent Integrated Review Refresh looking at tech’s role in the UK’s global influence and Ms Donelan’s funding announcements through the Science and Technology Framework focussing on positioning the UK as a tech leader.

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