BY Victoria Ojeme
The UK government has appointed Helen Grant MP, a British-Nigerian, as the new Trade Envoy to Nigeria.
UK trade envoys are appointed by the British Prime Minister, and Helen Grant’s role will be to support the UK government’s trade and investment priorities in Nigeria through high-level engagement with Nigerian ministers, by the main commercial delegations, involving key companies in the market. and promotion of bilateral trade.
They promote trade for UK companies in selected high-growth and developing markets around the world, and support the activities of the UK Department for International Trade.
Born in London to a British mother and a Nigerian father, Helen Grant is married with two children. She has a law degree from the University of Hull and established her own legal practice specializing in family breakdowns and domestic violence before becoming the first Anglo-African Conservative Member of Parliament when she was elected as an MP for Maidstone and The Weald. in 2010, winning three consecutive elections since then.
Her impressive political career includes serving as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice and Women and Equality, under the coalition government of former Prime Minister David Cameron, and later, Minister of State for Sport and Tourism. She also served as Vice President of Communities for the Conservative Party, focusing on issues related to diversity, inclusion, equality, social cohesion, racism and discrimination during the government of former Prime Minister Theresa May.
Speaking on her appointment as UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Nigeria, Helen Grant said:
“I am absolutely delighted with my appointment as the Prime Minister’s UK Trade Envoy to Nigeria. Both countries are close to my heart, my father is Nigerian and my mother English. I now have the opportunity to use my rich dual heritage to help magnify an already strong relationship between the UK and Nigeria for our mutual prosperity.
As the largest and fastest growing economy on the African continent, the potential for trade and investment with Nigeria is staggering. I will do my best to help develop that as part of our nation’s collective drive for an outward-looking global Britain. “
As an advocate for inclusion and human rights, in and out of politics, Helen has also lent her voice to bring companies together with diverse and underrepresented people as a past president of the Government’s Network of Diversity Champions of Learning and as Former Trustee of both the Social Mobility Foundation and the Human Trafficking Foundation.
Helen Grant is Nigeria’s second commercial envoy since the program’s launch in 2012, succeeding MP John Howell.
He hopes to visit Nigeria before the end of the year. In his spare time, he enjoys tennis, movies, following African affairs and sporting events.