The Iraq Britain Business Council’s (IBBC) Executive Chairman, Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, has been reconfirmed as UK’s official Trade Envoy to Iraq by the newly appointed Minister for Trade and Investment.
Francis Maude said the continuation of the Trade Envoy programme reflected the strong sense he had of the contribution they were making to the UK economy.
He added that the scheme covered important markets that have benefited from the presence of Trade Envoys over the last few years.
Mr Maude pointed out that sustained engagement of a motivated individual with the Prime Minister’s backing could transform British companies’ prospects in markets around the world.
Baroness Nicholson said today that she was absolutely delighted to be continuing in the role.
“It is an honour and a privilege for me to be one of the Prime Minister’s trade envoys. Iraq has a vibrant and booming economy, and is a huge supporter of British Industry and Commerce. We must continue to ensure that the UK understands this and makes the best of the enormous opportunities Iraq offers us.”
She added: “As the Executive Chairman of the IBBC, I know only too well the regard in which British companies are held by their counterparts and senior politicians in Iraq. Now we must continue our vital work in encouraging UK business to take its proper place at the head of the queue for investment opportunities over there.”