By Claire West

After the appointment of Stephen Green as the new Minister for Trade and Investment, Speaking from Hong Kong, where he is currently promoting the interests of British business, David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

"We very much welcome the appointment of Stephen Green as Minister for Trade and Investment. He brings a wealth of experience to a key role for this Government.

"International trade has a vital role to play in the re-balancing of the UK economy, and we are therefore pleased to have a figure of Stephen Green's stature to promote British interests overseas. The UK Chamber of Commerce Network looks forward to working with him.

"However, the problems that a significant minority of exporters are still experiencing in accessing export trade finance must be addressed as a matter of priority, along with providing support for British manufacturers who still form the backbone of British exports."