UK appoints new HM Trade Commissioner for Asia-Pacific to lead trade and investment relations

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  • Martin Kent appointed Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Asia-Pacific
  • With total trade between the UK and Asia Pacific worth £120.5 billion, the region offers huge potential for UK businesses.
  • Kent joins Her Majesty’s team of nine Trade Commissioners supporting UK trade and investment and promoting the UK across the world

Martin Kent has been appointed as Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Asia-Pacific, succeeding Natalie Black CBE.

HMTCs lead the UK’s efforts overseas to promote UK trade, investment, trade policy and export finance.

As Her Majesty’s new Trade Commissioner for Asia-Pacific, Kent will generate trade opportunities for the UK while contributing to the growth of sustainable, resilient and productive economies in the region.

Prior to his new role, Martin Kent was a Minister and Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Tokyo, a Director in the Department of Business and Trade, and also Her Majesty’s Deputy Trade Commissioner for Africa. He began his career with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and has worked across the Asia Pacific region, including BCG offices in Singapore and Australia.

Business and Commerce Secretary Kemi Badenoch said:

Our network of Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioners defend Britain across the world, promoting UK trade, investment and export finance.

I am delighted to welcome Martin to this role and am confident he will build on our exceptional track record of trading in the Asia Pacific region, expanding opportunities for UK businesses in one of the markets to the fastest growing in the world.

With total trade between the UK and Asia Pacific worth £120.5 billion, a growing population and thriving trade and investment relationships, the Asia Pacific region holds vast potential for UK businesses and consumers.

Martin Kent, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Asia-Pacific, said:

I am delighted to be appointed Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Asia-Pacific. The region is the engine room of the global economy and is a major driver of global economic growth and opportunities for UK businesses.

I will focus on securing and implementing high quality free trade deals, attracting investment to all parts of the UK, opening markets for UK exporters and positioning the UK as a beacon of free trade in the Asia-Pacific region.

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