[Ministry of Trade] Britain is Working!

Day 595, 06:49 Published in United Kingdom United Kingdom by Ministry of Trade


Dear Friends,

Welcome to the first edition of General Manager News, the official mouthpiece of the UK Ministry of Trade. I am the new Minister, Iain Keers, and hopefully over the next month I will be making the Ministry of Trade a pillar of our government.

Many of you have probably never heard of the Ministry- those who have will no doubt associate it (as I do) with current Minister of Defence & Foreign Affairs Dishmcds, who has wrote every previous article in this paper! Apart from him, our Ministers have been a quiet bunch, managing a few business loans and the odd reimbursement of tax for imported goods.

Over the next month I have a number of plans I want to put into place.

Firstly, I want to get this newspaper on the road and make our workings far more public. There are hundreds of GMs in this country- around one in five active citizens own businesses, yet the Ministry only has contacts with a very small number. To work properly as a country we need to direct not only government finance but also that of our citizens. By properly directing our best minds we can come together and build a strong, international level economy for the future. So if you're a business owner vote and subscribe to keep up with the latest tips from me.

Secondly, I want to build an idea of where our domestic business is succeeding and where it is failing, to make sure that as often as possible supply meets demand and everyone can get a fair deal- both employers and customers. For this reason I've asked my Under-Minister for Domestic Trade Frank Furglar to put together data about mean and best prices on market goods each week so we can have some idea about fluctuations and anomalies in the market and tackle them head on. Frank had been doing this of his own initiative for some time, and to recognise his initiative we will be publishing his findings each week as a sub-section of this newspaper.

Thirdly, I want to make sure our GM's are successful. Some of you reading this will be barely scraping a profit, and many will have injected cash into their business just to keep them going. This is because in many sectors prices are lower than the net cost of production. This is usually because of two factors- high raw materials costs and over-saturation of the market. To combat this we will be making a full register of GMs in the UK (voluntary basis of course) and will be pursuing a number of schemes to clear markets and lower RM costs. This will involve us acting as intermediaries in establishing partnerships, co-operatives and so on. Larger, more stable business is better for all of us- even some of our richest citizens understand this and join partnerships such as Zycon Industries, Eurasian Holdings and Aurum International.

Fourthly I would like to deal with the raw materials problem very simply- by lobbying the government as Minister to reduce import tax on raw materials and to encourage businessmen to establish higher Q raw materials businesses abroad and then exporting the goods back to the UK. To gain advice about how and where to start your business you should contact me, not the Ministry of Trade org. I'm also available nearly every day on the IRC, at irc.erepublik.co.uk. If you own a raw materials business abroad of Q3 or higher you may be eligible for either a loan or a grant from the government to establish yourself. So do get in touch.

Finally, I'd like to get more non-RM businesses started abroad. There are a lot of virgin markets out there and a lot of non-Brits making money out of them. This isn't the pioneering economic spirit usually associated with Britain. Back in the day, the British built a mighty empire on trade doncha'know. And whilst I'm not going to go into the merits and demerits of empire, nobody doubts the value of having a strong British business presence in foreign economies. A closer economic relationship between you- the eUK citizen- and the world can only mean one thing- money for you and muscle for the country. So get in touch if you're interested in that front.

OK, that's all from me this week- a short edition of the weekly update. Make sure you Vote and Subscribe so you're kept up to date. Here are a few useful links:

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<strong>Iain Keers
Minister of Trade</strong>