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International Trade Secretary appoints new ‘HM Trade Commissioner’ for China

14:13 07 February in Asia Pacific, China, Markets

International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox has announced Richard Burn as the new HM Trade Commissioner (HTMC) for China during his recent trade visit to the country. Richard is the first of nine HMTCs to represent and promote the UK in important markets across the world, leading on export promotion, inward and outward investment, and trade policy overseas on behalf of the UK government.

Richard has extensive business experience in China, having worked with Diageo, APCO and Batey-Burn, a market access and investment consultancy he co-founded and ran from 1989 to 1999. He has also worked closely with government in China and the UK, including as former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath’s Private Secretary.

The announcement came during a UK trade visit to China led by the Prime Minister in which she announced approximately £9 billion of new deals for British companies.

Trade between the two countries is at record levels, worth over £59 billion annually, with British exports to China growing by more than 60% since 2010. The UK is already one of the largest European recipients of Chinese foreign direct investment.

DIT Permanent Secretary, Antonia Romeo, said:

I’m delighted to welcome Richard to this important new role in DIT, and look forward to working with him to maximise British trade with the Chinese market.

Establishing a network of HMTCs across the world is an important step in building the capability of the Department. HMTCs will be experts in their regions, providing a clear vision and direction to the department’s global operations.”

HM Trade Commissioner for China, Richard Burn, added:

China presents unrivalled opportunities for British companies. My role as HM Trade Commissioner for China will be to build on the strong links already in place, as we intensify the ‘golden era’ of UK-China trade. My top priority will be to achieve better market access for sectors in which the UK excels.”

Further HMTCs will be appointed shortly.

More information can be found here.