Government appoints new HM Trade Commissioners team to boost trade around the globe
The Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox, has announced the creation of nine new HM Trade Commissioner roles to represent the UK in trade markets abroad.
The Department for International Trade (DIT) will recruit for a new team of Her Britannic Majesty’s Trade Commissioners (HMTCs).
The HM Trade Commissioners, one of the government’s manifesto commitments, are expected to play a key role as the UK leaves the European Union.
The HMTCs will head the global operations of DIT, leading on export promotion, inward and outward direct investment, and trade policy overseas on behalf of the UK government.
The nine geographical areas that the HM Trade Commissioners will cover are: Africa; Asia-Pacific; China; Eastern Europe and Central Asia Network (EECAN); Europe; Latin America; Middle East; North America and South America.
The HMTCs will be senior Civil Service appointments. It is anticipated that appointments will be confirmed during the first half of 2018.
International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, said: “This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to represent the UK in key markets around the world.
“We will be seeking the brightest and the best, from both the public and private sectors to use their extensive regional and in-country knowledge, together with their business and government expertise to help build a global Britain.
“The new HM Trade Commissioners will be providing a clear vision and direction to my Department’s global operations.
“That will require providing intelligence on the ground, deciding what tailored action is required in their region, and playing a vital role in our future global trading relationships.”