Crawford Falconer, Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser, UK Government
The UK officially left the European Union in January, and is now focused on developing new trade relationships with the world under its ‘Global Britain’ banner.
Although existing trade deals remain in place during the 11-month transition period, December 2020 marks a turning point for the UK, when it will no longer be covered by EU trade arrangements. The UK will need to strike new deals, with Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific emerging as priority regions.
Crawford Falconer, Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser and Second Permanent Secretary for the Department for International Trade, UK Government, will be at the heart of these efforts, and will visit Asia House on 27 April for a briefing with Corporate Members.
Falconer will discuss the prospects for the UK’s future trading relationships, and the priorities and challenges for new trade deals with Asia. He will also outline the UK’s priority trade partners in the region and share his views on how businesses can support the UK in its efforts.
Prior to being appointed the UK’s Chief Trade Negotiator in the run-up to Brexit, Falconer was Special Trade Commissioner for the Legatum Institute. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the field of trade policy and negotiations, both for governments and independent organizations. Previously, he also served as Deputy Secretary (Vice Minister) in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and as Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The briefing is held exclusively for Asia House Corporate Members. To register interest in attending, please contact Evie Cramb at Evie.firstname.lastname@example.org.