PM announces new trade envoys to boost combined trade by £54bn

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed new trade envoys to Canada, the Republic of Korea and Turkey.
  • The three countries already account for a combined total of £54 billion in two-way trade with the UK.
  • Trade Envoys promote trade within the UK, drive green economic growth and encourage inward investment to help improve every part of the UK.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed new trade envoys to boost British business in key markets such as Canada, South Korea and Turkey.

The new trade envoys – the Rt. Hon. Maria Miller, Rt. Hon. John Whittingdale and Rt. Hon. John Hutton – will use his skills and experience to help UK businesses find new export and investment opportunities and promote UK trade in their assigned market.

Trade envoys will build on the UK’s strong relationships with key trading nations and work with the Department for International Trade’s global network to remove barriers to doing business, total trade with Canada, the Republic of Korea and Turkey accounting for over £54 billion from the UK. bilateral exchange.

They will also promote the key opportunities that green business presents, including creating high-value jobs in the UK’s low-carbon economy and fueling technological innovations that can be exported around the world. whole world. The new appointments will bring the total number of trade envoys to 40 parliamentarians, covering 80 markets.

UK International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said:

These new trade envoys will play a vital role in promoting global Britain around the world, driving economic growth and encouraging foreign investment across the UK.

From the UK’s membership of the CPTPP to our ambitions for an improved trade deal with South Korea and a green trade agenda, our new trade envoys have enormous potential to strengthen and grow our trade relationship between the UK United States and Canada, South Korea and Turkey.

Trade envoys are parliamentarians appointed by the prime minister, drawn from both chambers and from all political backgrounds.

Coming from a variety of parliamentary backgrounds, the latest batch of trade envoys will bring experience in the creative industries to their new roles, with MPs Maria Miller and John Whittingdale being former Secretaries of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

The full list of new appointments is below:

  • The Rt. Hon. Basingstoke MP Maria Miller has been appointed Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Canada
  • The Rt. Hon. Maldon MP John Whittingdale has been appointed Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to South Korea
  • The Rt. Hon. Lord Hutton of Furness, John Hutton, has been appointed Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Turkey

Background:

  • Trade Envoy roles are unpaid and voluntary.
  • The UK’s green economy is expected to grow by 11% per year from 2015 to 2030, and by 2050 1.4 million people could be directly employed in low-carbon goods and services sectors, or seven times more than in 2018.

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