Boris Johnson appoints Theo Clarke as Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Kenya

Theo Clarke (right) with Kenya High Commissioner to the UK Manoah Esipisu ahead of ahead of Africa Investment Summit in 2019/ COURTESY/ THEO CLARKE

UK Prime Minister has appointed Theo Clarke as his Trade Envoy to Kenya.

The communication was made through a statement by Elizabeth Truss, Secretary of Trade for International Trade in which 15 new appointments to the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy programme were made.

Clarke is a Conservative Party politician who has been Stafford MP since the 2019 General Election.

Others who have been posted to Africa are Helen Grant (Nigeria), Katherine Fletcher (Mozambique), Damien Moore (Tunisia and Libya), Michael Bates (Ethiopia) and Dr Andrew Murrison (Morocco).

“I’m delighted to have been appointed by PM @BorisJohnson to be UK’s Trade Envoy to #Kenya. I look forward to working closely with @trussliz @tradegovuk @KenyaMissionUK @10DowningStreet,” Clarke tweeted on Tuesday.

The 15 appointments extend the total number of trade envoys to 31 parliamentarians covering 69 markets.

“The Prime Minister’s trade envoy programme is an unpaid and voluntary cross-party network, which supports the UK’s ambitious trade and investment agenda in global markets,” the statement said in part.

Kenya and UK trade about Sh140 billion ($1.4 billion) worth of goods, with Kenya sending cut flowers and fresh vegetables.

Last year, the UK signed an economic partnership agreement with the Southern African Customs Union and Mozambique to allow free trade after the UK leaves the European Union. Kenya eyes the same deal.

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