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The Advisory Council members of the recently launched IEA International Trade and Competition Unit will be in London and available for comment and interview from Wednesday 20th – Friday 22nd June. The group brings in a wealth of expertise in trade and competition issues from around the world.

•    Sir Lockwood Smith: Former speaker of the New Zealand Parliament and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Sir Lockwood was instrumental in developing New Zealand’s independent trading strategy.
•    John Weekes: Canada’s former ambassador to the World Trade Organisation and former Chair of the WTO’s General Council.
•    Alan Oxley: Former diplomat and now Principal of ITS Global.
•    Eduardo Perez-Motta: Mexico’s former ambassador to the World Trade Organisation and now President of the International Competition Network.

Full biographies for members are included below.

Among other events and meetings, they will be speaking at a Briefing in the House of Commons at 10.30am on Thursday 21st June titled: “Possibilities for an Independent UK Trade Policy”. Shanker Singham, Director of the IEA’S International Trade and Competition Unit will also be speaking.

To attend the event, or arrange an interview with any of the above spokespeople please contact Stephanie Lis, Director of Communications: [email protected] or 020 7799 8909.

Biographies:

Sir Lockwood Smith is a former speaker of the New Zealand Parliament and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. He has held ministerial portfolios in agriculture, deputy finance, education, forestry, international trade and tourism. Sir Lockwood was instrumental in developing New Zealand’s trading strategy, including the ASEAN-Australia New Zealand FTA, and the agreement with Singapore that led to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

John Weekes was Canada’s ambassador to the World Trade Organisation between 1995 and 1999 and has also served as Chair of the WTO’s General Council. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Weekes was Canada’s Chief Negotiator for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He is now a senior business advisor to Bennett Jones LLP.

Alan Oxley is the Principal of ITS Global consultancy, as well as being on the Advisory Board of the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels. Previously a career diplomat serving in Singapore and at the UN in New York and Geneva, Alan Oxley was additionally Chairman of the GATT Council (predecessor to the World Trade Organisation) and the GATT Contracting Parties.

Eduardo Perez-Motta is Mexico’s former ambassador to the World Trade Organisation and a member of the advisory boards of various antitrust bodies. He was head of the negotiation of the Free Trade Agreement between Mexico and the European Union and has also served as President of the Federal Competition Commission and the International Competition Network.

Notes to editors:

For media enquiries please contact Stephanie Lis, Director of Communications: slis@iea.org.uk or 0207 799 8909 or 07766 221 268

The mission of the Institute of Economic Affairs is to improve understanding of the fundamental institutions of a free society by analysing and expounding the role of markets in solving economic and social problems and seeks to provide analysis in order to improve the public understanding of economics.

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