British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces new trade envoy to Ghana
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson today (Monday 23 August 2021) appointed 10 trade envoys around the world, including the new trade envoy to Ghana, Baroness Kate Hoey.
Baroness Hoey was nominated for her experience supporting global businesses, which will help UK and Ghanaian businesses find new export and investment opportunities. The Baroness will work closely with the UK on the Ghana Trade Team, and participate in the UK-Ghana Business Council twice a year alongside senior representatives of the Government of Ghana and the UK Minister for Africa.
The Director of the UK Department of International Trade in Ghana, Lindsey Gilbert-Crouch, welcomed the appointment:
We look forward to working with Baroness Hoey in her new role as Trade Envoy to Ghana. The Baroness brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience that will strengthen and expand the already mutually prosperous UK-Ghana partnership.
Looking ahead to the upcoming COP26 to be held in Glasgow later this year, we know Baroness Hoey will also be interested in Ghana’s work to create a greener and more sustainable business environment.
Ghana has a vibrant and vibrant business community with close ties to the UK. In 2020, a year of significant trade uncertainty, bilateral trade between the UK and Ghana reached just over £ 1 billion and in the last financial year the UK achieved over £ 180 million in trade deals.
The UK’s trade and investment work continues to align closely with Ghana’s Beyond Aid agenda, supporting the country’s infrastructure development through roads and water as well as the security sector. The recent trade deal signed between the UK and Ghana not only continues to build on the existing mutually prosperous partnership, but also provides Ghana with duty-free access to the UK.
UK International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said:
Our trade commissioners play a key role in delivering our ambitious global trade agenda, and I am delighted that the Prime Minister has appointed 10 trade commissioners, who will boost opportunities for businesses in some of the world’s fastest growing markets. .
As we seek to boost exports, promote investment and remove barriers to trade, our trade commissioners will help us share the benefits that a closer trading relationship can bring to our businesses and communities.
Baroness Hoey was previously Minister of State in the UK Government, working first at the UK Home Office and the former Department of National Heritage, now the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The Baroness was also a regional MP for Vauxhall in London for 20 years.
- to find more information and photographs of Baroness Hoey, please use this link
- the UK government already has trade representatives in over 60 countries, building on the UK’s strong relationships with major trading countries and working with the Department of International Trade’s global network
- In 2020/21, Trade Envoys supported over £ 16 billion of UK exports through DIT’s export promotion activity. Exports are at the heart of the government’s ambition to upgrade the UK and rebuild better, with government research estimating that exports support 6.5 million UK jobs, including 74 % outside London
- the full list of new appointments is below:
- Lord Botham appointed in Australia
- Baroness Hoey appointed to Ghana
- Stephen Timms appointed Member of Parliament for Switzerland and Lichtenstein
- New Zealand MP David Mundell appointed
- MP Mark Eastwood appointed to Pakistan
- Marco Longhi MP appointed in Brazil
- Conor Burns MP appointed to Canada
- Lord Walney [John Woodcock] appointed in Tanzania
- Felicity Buchan MP appointed for Iceland and Norway
- Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP appointed to Cameroon, in addition to his role as Prime Minister’s trade envoy to Egypt
- you can find the full list of existing Commercial Envoys here
- Established in 2018, UKGBC functions as a high-level forum to promote bilateral relations and strategic partnerships between the Ghanaian private sector and its UK counterparts. Promote trade and investment for the mutual benefit of each nation and enhance economic growth
- the UK-Ghana Trade Partnership Agreement provides Ghana with tariff-free access to the UK and restores the terms of trade that applied until December 31, 2020. The agreement restores access from Ghana duty free and quota free to UK. Provide greater opportunities for both countries to further strengthen the UK-Ghana relationship