By John Smith • 24 August 2017 • 8:07
THE British Government recognises that no-one in the UK has any experience in negotiating trade deals outside of the European Union.
For this reason therefore, it has appointed New Zealander Crawford Falconer as Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser and Second Permanent Secretary for the Department of International Trade.
The former ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) will be the principal adviser to the International Trade Secretary (Dr Fox) on striking trade agreements and market access deals with the UK’s global trading partners.
A New Zealand/UK dual-national, he was recently Professor of Global Value Chains and Trade at Lincoln University following a career in New Zealand’s Foreign Office, as Deputy Secretary for International Trade and Foreign Affairs.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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“no-one” – shoddy #bremainer hyperbole in the extreme.
The UK has some of the world’s leading business schools producing top MBAs who are sought internationally.
Certainly Crawford Falconer’s experience & objectivity is to be welcomed in contrast to the myopic egotism & intransigence always displayed by Brussels bureaucrats.
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