New trade envoys announced
Prime Minister David Cameron used his speech at the annual banquet of the new Lord Mayor of London to announce the appointment of 8 new trade envoys and a new £8 million pilot project to strengthen the capacity of overseas business groups, such as chambers of commerce, in 20 key countries. The moves are part of the Government’s strategy to help double UK exports to £1 trillion by 2020.
The new trade envoys are as follows:
- Baroness Bonham Carter of Yarnbury, Trade Envoy to Mexico
- Baroness Morris of Bolton, Trade Envoy to Jordan, Kuwait, Palestinian Territories
- Lord Puttnam of Queensgate, Trade Envoy to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
- Lord Risby of Haverhill, Trade Envoy to Algeria
- Baroness Scotland of Asthal, Trade Envoy to South Africa
- Lord Sharman of Redlynch, Trade Envoy to Morocco
- Charles Hendry MP, Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan
- Richard Graham MP, Trade Envoy to Indonesia
The role of trade envoy will involve a proactive programme of activity to include leading trade delegations and raising the profile of the relevant markets within the UK. Each representative will complete up to two overseas visits per year as well as a programme of UK-based activity.