UK Appoints New Trade Commissioner To Lead UK-Africa Investment Relationship


The UK Government says it has appointed Mr John Humphrey as the new Trade Commissioner to Africa.

The British High Commission in Nigeria made this known in a statement on Thursday.

It said that as the new Trade Commissioner for Africa, Humphrey would generate business opportunities for the UK while contributing to the growth of sustainable, resilient, and productive economies across the African continent.

According to the statement, prior to joining the Department for International Trade (DIT), Humphrey held a variety of commercial, general management and executive roles in the UK and overseas.

It said that most recently, he was the Group Chief Executive at Kent HoldCo Ltd. and Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the UK Hydrographic Office (a MOD Trading Fund).

The statement said that Humphrey was also a Lay Trustee of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy.

The International Trade Secretary, Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of John Humphrey as the new Trade Commissioner for Africa, joining our international network of Her Majesty Trade Commissioners (HMTCs) across the globe.

“John will be an asset to DIT in Africa; championing Global Britain and helping UK businesses to succeed in new markets, from Tunisia to Tanzania, or Senegal to South Africa.

“With a growing population and economy worth $2.4 trillion, a thriving trade and investment relationship between the UK and Africa presents huge opportunities across a variety of sectors including tech, transport, clean energy, sustainable infrastructure, and Agri-Tech.”

The Trade Commissioner for Africa, Humphrey, said, “It is a great honour to be appointed as the Trade Commissioner for Africa.”

Humphrey said Africa is a diverse, vibrant, innovative, and abundant continent that is home to over 1.3 billion, mainly young, people and accounts for 20 per cent of the world’s land mass.

He said that as someone who spent his most memorable childhood years in Africa, he was thrilled to have the opportunity to continue the Department for International Trade’s vital work.

Humphrey said that he would continue the work of enabling British businesses and investors to discover the remarkable African continent and generate long-term, mutually prosperous relationships.

The Department for International Trade Country Director in Nigeria, Chim Chalemera, said: “It is fantastic to have Humphrey join the DIT team.

“Nigeria is a priority market for DIT in Africa and having lived in Nigeria before, we know Humphrey will already be familiar with the diverse opportunities that Nigeria has to offer to UK businesses.

“We are particularly excited to showcase our diversification efforts away from oil and gas into key sectors such as creatives and tech where Nigeria is a leader in the continent,” Chalemera said.(NAN)