Conservative call for Welsh Trade Envoys

Trade Envoys could drum up international business say the Conservatives Photo: PA, Anders Wilkund

The Conservatives are calling for the creation of Welsh Trade Envoys to drum up international business when Britain leaves the European Union.

They say Labour's current approach to international trade isn't working and want to see a team of Envoys similar to that which was set up in 2012 by David Cameron.

There are currently 28 UK Government Trade Envoys who are a mixture of MPs and Peers from all parties with responsibility for overseas markets in which they have expertise in.

They include one Welsh MP, Simon Hart, whose responsibilities are Panama, Costa Rica and Dominican Republic.

Under the Welsh Conservatives plan, an initial team of 8 Welsh Envoys would be established to work alongside embassies and UK Government initiatives in countries outside the EU, with a focus to begin with on Commonwealth countries and those in which the Welsh Government doesn't already have an overseas office.

Welsh Tory leader Andrew RT Davies says they'd bring energy and expertise.