At a reception in London on 19 September to mark Vietnam’s National Day, the appointment of Edward Vaizey MP as the Prime Minister’s new Trade Envoy to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, was announced by Kate White, Director for the Asia-Pacific region at the Foreign and Commonwealth.
Trade Envoys are a network of Prime Minister-appointed Parliamentarians, drawn from across the political spectrum. The programme began in 2012 and there are currently 28 Trade Envoys covering some 50 important markets. Ed Vaizey’s predecessor, appointed by David Cameron, was Lord (David) Puttnam, who became a strong supporter of the Network and its activities.
Ed Vaizey, a former barrister and Director of a PR company, has been Conservative MP for Didcot and Wantage since 2005. Between 2010 and 2014 he was Parliamentary Under Secretary first in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and then in the Department for Media and Sport. Between 2014 and 2016 he served as Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, jointly in the Dept for Business Innovation and Skills and the Dept for Culture, Media and Sport.
He expects to visit Vietnam in his new role in early November.
In a conversation on 31 October, VUKN Vice Chairman Warwick Morris congratulated Ed Vaizey on his appointment, outlined the Network’s objectives and said how much the Network looked forward to working closely with him.