Trade Envoy to the ASEAN Economic Community
The Association of South East Asian Nations (or ASEAN) Economic Community was created in 2015 and forms a single market of $2.6 US trillion and over 622 million people. The group consists of ten countries and you can see more about it here.
As Trade Envoy, I encourage and develop trade and investment for mutual benefit in every area from tourism and education, to cyber, fintech and aerospace. Investment from the areas I cover into the UK include Whyte and Mackay Whisky, the Battersea Power Station and Igene (digital autopsies).
The UK is the largest European investor in many ASEAN markets and our education links are particularly strong in Malaysia, while aerospace, defence and cyber relationships are important in all.
I wrote an article on the importance of ASEAN after Brexit, read here: https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/economics-and-finance/eastern-promise