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New Trade Commissioner and Consul General for North America

By News Team
Published on 29 September 2021

Emma Wade-Smith Emma Wade-Smith OBE

Emma Wade-Smith OBE has been appointed Her Majesty’s Consul General to New York and Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for North America.

Wade-Smith – who is currently HM Trade Commissioner for Africa and has previously held senior diplomatic roles in the US – will begin in November 2021. She will lead on promoting British trade and investment in the US and Canada, with the aim of accelerating job creation and opportunities across the UK, and working with businesses across North America to support growth and innovation.

The UK collaborates intensively with New York across a wide range of spheres, including arts, science, sports and education. As Consul General New York, Wade-Smith will work to support and strengthen these diverse partnerships between the UK and the US across the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, as well as supporting British nationals in this wide region.

The UK and US enjoy a thriving trade and investment relationship, with 1.4 million people in the UK working for US firms and 1.2 million people in America working for British companies, making the UK the biggest foreign employer in the US. The US is also the UK’s largest single trading partner, with total trade reaching £196.3 billion in 2020.

Canada is an important strategic partner for the UK, with total trade reaching £17.7 billion last year, and we look forward to building on our relationship, including through a more ambitious UK-Canada trade agreement and through future membership of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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