We are very proud that our Commissioner, Crawford Falconer has been appointed as the UK’s first Chief Trade Negotiations Advisor, and Second Permanent Secretary in the Department of International Trade (DIT).
As a former ambassador to the World Trade Organisation and with over 25 years of public service in trade and foreign affairs, Mr Falconer brings a wealth of experience to this role. His knowledge in negotiating trade deals will be a crucial asset to the UK as we enter Brexit negotiations.
Shanker Singham, Chairman of the Special Trade Commission, said:
“Crawford will be a tremendous asset to the UK government and we are lucky to have him in that role. He has played an extremely important role as we have set up our Special Trade Commission, and was deeply engaged in developing our four pillared trade policy strategy”.
Read more about Crawford’s appointment in the DIT press release.
About the Special Trade Commission
The Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission (STC) was created in the wake of the British vote to leave the European Union to help bring an international perspective to the challenges we face.
At this critical historical juncture, the STC aims to present a road map for the many trade negotiations which the UK will need to undertake. It seeks to re-focus the public discussion on Brexit to a positive conversation, addressing the challenges and taking hold of the opportunities, while presenting empirical evidence of the dangers of not following an expansive trade negotiating path.
The STC draws upon the talent of experienced former trade negotiators from the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, among other nations. The Commission hosts a number of public briefings and presentations as well as releasing relevant reports and commenting in the media.