04 July 2002
East Asian countries are not taking advantage of UK supply chain expertise, according to a report on the region's attitudes.
David Drake, organiser of a 12-day tour by the government-backed advisory forum Partnership Sourcing, said it was "disturbing" that Singapore, China and Hong Kong did not think the UK had much to offer.
The team's report, Logistics in the Value Chain, found that Singapore was establishing links with 10 "centres of worldwide academic excellence", none of which were in the UK.
"This perception that the UK did not have much to offer is clearly not true, but this message is not getting across," said Drake.
Les Pyle, Partnership Sourcing's director-general, is to visit Singapore on 30 June to meet academics and officials to try to redress the situation.