Johnson appoints 10 new trade envoys to boost business


Trade Envoys are parliamentarians appointed by the Prime Minister, drawn from both Houses and across the political spectrum…reports Asian Lite News.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed ten trade envoys who will boost British business in dynamic markets such as Australia, Brazil and Canada.

The new appointees include Lord Botham, David Mundell MP and Conor Burns MP.

The Government already has trade envoys in more than 60 countries, drawn from a cross-section of parties, with Baroness Hoey, Stephen Timms MP, Lord Walney and Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP being appointed in this round.

Lord Botham has been appointed to Australia; Baroness Hoey appointed to Ghana; Stephen Timms MP appointed to Switzerland and Liechtenstein; David Mundell MP appointed to New Zealand; Mark Eastwood MP appointed to Pakistan; Marco Longhi MP appointed to Brazil; Conor Burns MP appointed to Canada; Lord Walney [John Woodcock] appointed to Tanzania; Felicity Buchan MP appointed to Iceland and Norway; Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP appointed to Cameroon, in addition to his role as Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Egypt.

International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, said: “Our Trade Envoys play a key role in delivering our ambitious global trade agenda, and I am delighted the Prime Minister has appointed ten Trade Envoys who will boost opportunities for British businesses in some of the world’s fastest growing markets.

“By boosting exports, promoting inward investment and creating high-value, high-paying jobs, our Trade Envoys will help us build back better from Covid-19, ensuring every part of the UK benefits from our trade strategy.”

Trade Envoys are parliamentarians appointed by the Prime Minister, drawn from both Houses and across the political spectrum. The roles are unpaid and voluntary. These new appointments bring the total number of Trade Envoys who help support the UK’s trade and investment agenda to 36, covering 76 different countries.

Minister of State for Trade Policy, Greg Hands, said: “From Norway to New Zealand, Pakistan to Brazil, our Trade Envoys will help increase UK trade with some of the world’s most exciting and dynamic markets and showcase the UK as a great place to invest.”

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