Crawford Falconer, the recently appointed Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser at the Department for International Trade, has started in his new role. Falconer, who was appointed in June 2017, was previously the Professor of Global Value Chains and Trade at Lincoln University and is a former New Zealand Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation.
Falconer said of his appointment:
“As the UK prepares to leave the EU we have a huge opportunity to be a world innovator, striking trade deals outside of Europe, and to be an ambassador for free trade across the world.
With 90% of new trade to come from outside the EU in the next decades, this is an immensely exciting time to join the Department, and I look forward to preparing for the important negotiations ahead”.
Liam Fox, the Secretary of State for International Trade, said:
“Crawford Falconer brings a wealth of international trade expertise to our international economic department, ensuring that as we leave the EU, the UK will be at the forefront of global free trade and driving the case for international openness. His direct experience in global trade will prove invaluable as we build our future trading arrangements with the rest of the world”.