First and foremost I am a constituency MP, and it is an honour to represent the Windsor constituency and her constituents in Parliament. But, in 2016 I was given additional responsibility when I was appointed the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana.
The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys – there are currently 21 covering around 50 markets – support the drive for economic growth by building upon our existing international trading relationships.
And, in that role, I have just returned from a flying visit to Ghana with the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson.
In kind with every Ghanaian election in recent memory, the 2016 Presidentials were universally lauded as free and fair. And the transfer of power, despite an incredibly close result, was peaceful.
Good democracies make for good trading partners and Britain’s trade with Ghana is booming. Bilateral trade between our countries crossed the £1bn threshold in 2015 and there is every reason to expect that figure to continue to climb.
The new Ghanaian Government is clear that they want to see the private sector creating jobs and prosperity enabling the Ghanaian economy and there is enormous opportunity for British investors. We are world leaders across many of the sectors that Ghana seeks market expertise in; from financial, professional and tech services to the creative industries, aerospace, construction, and even bridge building. And many of the British companies that excel in these areas are located right here in local area.
Post-Brexit Britain is very much open for business and I would urge any local businesses interested in finding out more about opportunities for trade, not just in Ghana but globally, to visit the Exporting is Great website and discover the ways in which this Conservative Government is enabling and supporting British businesses.
- Adam Afriyie is the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana.
- He has a strong background in science, technology and innovation.
- He is currently Chairman of the Fintech APPG, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and President of the Conservative Technology Forum (CTF).
- He was Shadow Minister for Science from 2007-2010 and has a background in the information services and technology sector.
- He is Patron of the Parliamentary Space Committee (PSC) and was Chair of the PSC between 2010 and 2015.