MP from Reading West, UK Alok Sharma has been appointed as Under Secretary of State at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with responsibility for Asia and Pacific.  Sharma is a qualified chartered accountant, and has worked as a corporate finance advisory holding senior roles based out of London, Stockholm and Frankfurt before taking to politics. He is currently a governor of a local primary school in Reading and also the Vice Chairman for BME communitiesand Co-Chairman of Conservative Friends of India.  Following his appointment Alok Sharma said: “I am honoured to have been appointed by the Prime Minister as Minister for Asia and the Pacific, hugely important parts of the world that are crucial for the UK’s prosperity and security.  Britain is a truly great country and I will work tirelessly to ensure we continue to thrive and prosper on the world stage … and I look forward to working closely with my new colleagues and counterparts across Asia and the Pacific, with particular focus on strengthening commercial ties, increasing investment opportunities in both directions and promoting human rights in the region.”

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