The United Kingdom has appointed Darren Henry MP as the new Trade Envoy to the Commonwealth Caribbean, including Antigua and Barbuda. The British High Commission in St. John’s said his role as Trade Envoy will involve supporting British trade and investment objectives, promoting the Commonwealth Caribbean as an ideal location for UK companies to conduct business and the implementation of the new CARIFORUM-UK Economic Partnership Agreement.
Henry will be involved in virtual engagements including meetings with government ministers, hosting high level incoming visitors, meeting key stakeholders and addressing important business events. Resident British Commissioner to Antigua and Barbuda, Lindsy Thompson, said Henry’s appointment provides a prime opportunity to strengthen the UK’s trade and investment relationship with the nation and wider region.
“Through our Department for International Trade we will be helping UK businesses recognise the trade and investment opportunities that exist in Antigua and Barbuda. By amplifying the array of commercial opportunities here and in the wider region to UK firms, Henry will play a significant role in helping us increase on the £2.8bn in imports and exports of goods and services the UK has with CARICOM trading nations,” Thompson said.
Along with Antigua and Barbuda, the other Commonwealth Caribbean markets include Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago.