Trade Advisory Groups

Department for International Trade written statement – made on 3rd April 2019.

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Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox The Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade

The Department for International Trade’s (DIT) has ensured that creating an open and transparent trade policy is at the heart of its mission for an inclusive trade agenda that maximizes benefit for the whole of the UK. We recognise that transparency is fundamental to better outcomes.

As part of this approach the Government has created the Strategic Trade Advisory Group (STAG) to seek informed views on relevant trade policy matters. The group will be composed of 16 core members from business to trade unions, consumer groups to non-governmental organisations (NGOs). It will be chaired by the Minister for Trade Policy, alongside a co-chair from the STAG. Membership of the group has been designed to represent a diverse range of interest and expertise from across the UK, allowing the Government to harness advice, insight and evidence from a wide range of experienced voices already actively involved in trade issues.

The full list of seats includes:

Category

Name

Organisation/area

Academia

Prof Holger Breinlich

University of Surrey

Business Representative Organisation

Carolyn Fairbairn

Confederation of British Industry

Consumers (Standards)

Dr Scott Steedman CBE

British Standards Institution

Consumers

Caroline Normand

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Developmental Organisation

Dr Dirk Willem te Velde

Overseas Development Institute

New Entrant Business

Mark Abrams

Trade Finance Global

Non-Governmental Organisations

Michael Gidney

Fair Trade Foundation

Northern Ireland Business

Nick Coburn CBE

Ulster Carpets Group

Regional Business

Denise Valin Alvarez

Burberry

Scottish Business

Liz Cameron OBE

Scottish Chambers of Commerce

Services

Gary Campkin

City UK

Small and Medium Enterprise

Sean Ramsden

Ramsden International

Small and Medium Enterprise (Business Representative Organisations)

Mike Cherry OBE

Federation of Small Business

Think Tank

Sam Lowe

Centre for European Reform

Trade Unions

Paul Nowak

Trade Union Congress

Welsh business

Prys Morgan

Kepak Group Limited

Members of the group were recruited through an open call for expressions of interest which ran from 18 July to 17 August 2018 followed by a two stage sift process against the published membership criteria. The selection process followed best practice principles to ensure a fair and transparent approach.

As part of DITs ongoing commitment to transparency on trade issues, we will make dates of meetings, agendas and a summary of discussions publicly available.

The groups will have an advisory function only and will be one part of the wider engagement structure the Government is putting in place to gather insight and intelligence from stakeholders.

Another key component of our engagement infrastructure is cross-government Expert Trade Advisory Groups (ETAGs), which are being set up to facilitate expert technical policy exchanges on specific sector and thematic policy areas. Membership of the groups will vary according to the sector or policy area but will comprise relevant experts from the fields of academia, regulation, business and civil society.

We are committed to seeking views from the widest range of stakeholder groups. In addition to the above formal structures we will continue to use a variety of mechanisms and engagement structures to ensure that our trade policy works for the whole of the UK.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS1443