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Ed Vaizey named UK-ASEAN Business Council chair

British politician Ed Vaizey has been appointed chairman of the UK-ASEAN Business Council. The appointment, sources said, is aimed at connecting the growing opportunities in Southeast Asia with British business. Vaizey, 54, replaced Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe. The council said Vaizey brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role at an exciting time in UK-ASEAN relations. He was the UK government's longest-serving culture and digital minister from 2010 to 2016 and served as a trade envoy to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos between 2017 and 2019. Vaizey said ASEAN is expected to be the fourth largest economy in the world by 2030 with a population of over 700 million, mainly young and digitally connected.

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