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UK Appoints New Trade Remedies Authority and US-UK Trade Negotiation Leads

Oliver Griffiths has been named as the new Chief Executive of the Trade Remedies Authority, while Amanda Brooks will take over negotiations on a US-UK FTA

Published on November 30, 2020

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Today, November 30, the Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, announced that Oliver Griffiths will become the new Chief Executive of the Trade Remedies Authority (TRA), a new independent body founded to protect UK industries from unfair trade practices. The move also paves the way for Amanada Brooks CBE to take over negotiations with the United States over a UK-US Free Trade Agreement.

Mr Griffiths is currently serving as the UK's lead negotiator with the US, but will move to his new post in January 2021. Chair Designate of the TRA, Simon Walker, said that "I could not be more pleased that Oliver is joining us and look forward tremendously to working with him. I know he has a deep understanding of trade policy and business drawn from his extensive time working in government and the private sector. His talent, expertise and experience mean he could not be a better qualified or suitable appointment."

The Department of International Trade has also confirmed several other trade appointments. Graham Zebedee will become Chief Negotiator to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), while Jo Crellin, HM Trade Commissioner for Latin America and the Caribbean, will become Director-General for Trade Relations and Implementation.

Discussing the appointments, Secretary of State Liz Truss said "With these appointments, we are bringing top quality expertise and experience to key roles as we strike new trade deals and re-establish the UK as an independent trading nation."

For more details, go to www.gov.uk/government/news/new-appointments-to-forge-uks-independent-trade-agenda.

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