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An ambitious Global Britain leading the world on free trade

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy Programme was established in 2012. Today there are 21 Trade Envoys, parliamentarians from across the political spectrum, working in more than 50 markets worldwide.

The Trade Envoys’ role is to promote British Business interests overseas. As Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana my role focusses on British Companies working in the Ghanaian market.

To find out more about how the UK supports international trade and investment please visit Great.gov.uk.

For more information on the Trade Envoy programme, including how Trade Envoys can help your business, please emailPMstradeenvoy@Trade.gsi.gov.uk.

Leaving the European Union and taking back control of our trade policy means that for the first time in a generation Britain can take back its place as a vigorous proponent for free trade on the world stage. We need to build an ambitious free trade policy to secure Britain’s long term prosperity.

I believe
  1. Britain must build an open, outward-looking and ambitious trade policy as we leave the EU and beyond.
  2. Britain should take advantage of its location as a centre for many diaspora to build links with the rapidly growing economies of Africa and Asia.
  3. One of the many tools Britain can use to build an ambitious and outward looking trade policy is to build deep and comprehensive trade partnerships with countries around the world through Trade Envoys.
Actions undertaken in Parliament
  1. Met with and encouraged hundreds of British businesses looking to increase exports to Ghana.
  2. Met with Ghanaian Presidents, Ministers and officials forge the links and business environment for trade.
  3. Spoken at trade expos, panel discussions and a debate 10 debates in the House of Commons
  4. Paid four official visits to Ghana, including representing HM Government at the inauguration of the newly elected President Nana Akufo-Addo.
  5. Asked 3 written questions on Ghana and 20 questions on international trade to Ministers.
  6. Published more than a dozen articles in the national and local media
Recent activities
This Commonwealth Day we should reflect on Britain’s place in the world

Today people from every continent will celebrate Commonwealth Day.

Fortuitously, Commonwealth Day this year falls on the same day that we in the House of Commons are voting on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill for, hopefully, the last time.

Windsor MP questions the government on trade

On Tuesday 21st February Adam asked the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for an update on the work that they are doing to ensure Brexit leads to better diplomatic relations (52:46 to 53:48):

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Questions – Tuesday 21st February

Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): There were also crowds of people to welcome us when we arrived in Ghana a week or two ago. Although we could not quite work out whether the welcome was for us or for the Minister for Trade and Investment, it was thoroughly enjoyable nevertheless.

It seems to me that the greater the number of trading connections that we forge, particularly in west Africa, the stronger the foundation on which to build good international relations will be. Does my right hon. Friend agree that withdrawal from the European customs union will give us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to boost our diplomatic relations worldwide?

Boris Johnson (Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs): I thank my hon. Friend for his work as trade envoy to Ghana. Indeed, I thank all our trade envoys, who do a fantastic job around the world. It is thanks to the efforts of my colleague the Minister for Trade and Investment and others that we are seeing increased trade with countries such as Ghana, and I was very proud to see British firms operating there. I believe that the largest single private sector employer in Ghana is a firm run by a Brit. We should all be proud of the contribution that those firms are making.

Bracknell Forest News Column: Tuesday, 21 February 2017

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.

Ghana’s warm reception shows the opportunities for post-Brexit Britain

Having just returned from a flying visit to Ghana with the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, I thought I’d make some encouraging observations about UK-Ghana relations.

My role, as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana, it to boost our trading relationship with Ghana. It is notable that our Foreign Secretary chose Ghana as one of his destinations on his first visit to the region.

I am pleased to report that the meetings we held with President Nana Akufo-Addo and his Ministers were as warm and cordial as they were productive and workmanlike.

This was my second trip to Ghana in as many months, the first being in January as a representative of Her Majesty’s Government at President Akufo-Addo’s Inauguration.

Like every other Ghanaian election in recent memory, the 2016 Presidential and General Elections were universally recognised as being free and fair, and the transfer of power, despite a close result, was peaceful and successful.

Good democracies make for good trading partners and Britain’s trade with Ghana is booming. Bilateral trade re-crossed the £1bn threshold in 2015 and there is every reason to expect that figure to climb especially with the level of engagement at the highest levels of Government.

There are great opportunities for British investors in Ghana and a huge range of businesses where investors can find a home. We are world leaders across many of the sectors that Ghana seeks market expertise in; from financial, professional and technology services to the creative industries, aerospace, construction and even bridge building. There is huge potential to enhance our trading partnership over the coming years.

The new Ghanaian administration are quite clear: they want to see the private sector create the jobs and prosperity needed to boost the Ghanaian economy. This desire has be encapsulated into a manifesto commitment to see a factory in every district and the UK is well positioned to assist with both investment and expertise.

Post-Brexit Britain is very much open for business and we stand to benefit as much as the Ghanaian people.

To find out more about opportunities for UK businesses overseas visit the Exporting is Great website. 

Business & Financial Times, Ghana: Inauguration of President Nana Akufo-Addo

OpEd on the Inauguration of Nana Akufo-Addo by Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana, Adam Afriyie MP