BEI Weekly Update — 13th September 2019
The calendar of upcoming events and a weekly update from BEI
Dear Members and Friends,
As many of you will know I am pleased to have been invited by DIT Minister Graham Stuart and Sir James Wates to join the board of Infrastructure Exports: UK, the industry led body established to increase UK infrastructure exports through a ‘Team UK’ approach. I will be representing you all and the wider supply chain as part of renewed efforts to increase the number of contracts won by UK based companies in relation to major infrastructure projects globally. As part of this BEI will be hosting opportunities for our members to input into the agenda, and I will be meeting some of our larger members separately to discuss how to further improve the effectiveness of current efforts. More details will follow but driving exports through collaboration and partnerships with UK and foreign governments– whether in relation to infrastructure, education, healthcare or international development — is a priority for us and I look forward to discussing this with many of you over coming weeks.
A key service that we provide in support of this objective is to host events highlighting and testing the emerging themes potential customers and foreign governments are considering as they conceive and shape commercial opportunities. A good example of this is next week as we host an expert discussion on the role of infrastructure in achieving the 2050 net-zero emissions target. Bringing together UK government, IFI and policy expertise alongside business, this event will help members consider how to position for the likely role infrastructure will be expected to play, and hopefully, produce practical ideas of the types of products and services most appropriate. Whatever the size of your company this is an opportunity I would encourage all members to take advantage of.
A growing region of interest to our members is the Middle East, and we have a series of events and briefings over coming months to be aware of, most immediately private commercially focussed briefings from British Ambassadors on Lebanon, Iran, Morocco in the next few weeks, with a number of briefings from senior foreign diplomats to follow. Do get in touch if you have a particular interest in this region of real, if somewhat complex, opportunity.
Finally; a reminder that British Expertise International benefits from unique global networks of expertise and insights across the markets we cover that we are keen to put at the disposal of our members. We are always happy to have a conversation about specific challenges members face and we can almost always help. If this is of interest to you please do get in in touch with me or a colleague at any time.
Many thanks once again for all your support, and I look forward to meeting you at an event here soon.
British Expertise International
For any event registration assistance please contact Alex Farley. Click on titles to access more event details. The full calendar can be viewed here and recently added events are highlighted with an asterisk*
17th September, 2019
The Role of Infrastructure in the 2050 Net-Zero Emissions Target
This event will focus on the role of infrastructure in meeting the net-zero emissions targets and opportunities for UK Plc under the new legally binding targets. Join us for a discussion with Simeon Agada from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alisdair Clark from EBRD, Ipek Gencsu from the Overseas Development Institute for on the journey to net-zero emissions targets by 2050.
18th September, 2019
MEAG Round Table Discussion with HM Ambassador to Lebanon, Chris Rampling
Middle East Access Group invites you to join us as we host Chris Rampling MBE, HM Ambassador to Lebanon at a Round Table Discussion on Wednesday 18th September 2019.
19th September, 2019
Meet HM Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran
We invite you to join us as we host Robert Macaire CMG, HM Ambassador to Iran for an update on the political and economic situation within Iran and opportunities British businesses.
23rd September, 2019
Opportunities for UK Business in Morocco
Round Table Discussion with Thomas Reilly, UK Ambassador to Morocco. The country offers a wide range of opportunities for UK businesses in education, energy, infrastructure, and financial and professional services. Some potential also exists in the defence, creative industries, healthcare and mining sectors.
24th September, 2019
PIDG Unlocking Infrastructure Opportunities
The Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) is an innovative infrastructure development and finance organisation delivering pioneering infrastructure in the poorest and most fragile countries. Join us for a meeting with PIDG Chief Executive Officer, Philippe Valahu presents on the work of PIDG and some of the infrastructure opportunities for UK companies.
26th September, 2019
Promoting Regional Cooperation in Central Asia
We welcome the EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Ambassador Peter Burian, to share his views on regional cooperation and strengthening sustainable development in the region. In June 2019, the European Council published a new Strategy on Central Asia. The new strategy focuses on promoting resilience, prosperity, and regional cooperation.
2rd October, 2019
Transforming Agriculture and Agribusiness in Sub-Saharan Africa
Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa holds substantial economic and social potential. Agriculture makes up 23% of Sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP and is key to delivering regional economic growth. However, agriculture and agribusiness require substantial investment, integration and infrastructure to enhance Sub-Saharan Africa’s complex value chain.
3rd October, 2019
Sustainable Infrastructure: Looking to the Future
This event will discuss the role of infrastructure in achieving a sustainable future and the challenges of delivering sustainable infrastructural systems under the urgent pressures of population growth and increased demand for housing and services.
8th October, 2019
United Arab Emirates Workforce Development Needs: Opportunities for the UK
British Expertise International — Middle East Access Group invite you to join us on Tuesday 8th October 2019 for a briefing and a panel discussion as we look to identify the current and future workforce development trends, challenges and opportunities in the UAE and collaboration between UAE and UK in this field.
9th October, 2019
DFID Communications Strategy
Join us for a discussion with DFID’s Communications team on their communications strategy, the department’s future plans and how the private sector can engage and collaborate more effectively in support of this strategy.
17th October, 2019
Private Sector and Maternal Health
The private sector is playing an increasingly important role in maternal healthcare services. However, private sector suppliers face structural and technical challenges working in the maternal health space, including fragmented coordination, data collection and government purchasing.
29th October, 2019
Global Trends in PPP in Infrastructure
Once touted as a panacea, Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in recent years has evolved to reflect the changing needs of both investors, contractors and public bodies. This meeting will take a look at the global PPP trends, successful models, limitations and opportunities for British companies in the infrastructure sector.
30th October, 2019
Sustainable Development in Aid Funded Projects
How can we measure “sustainability” in development projects more effectively? Join us for an interesting discussion with Rachel Shah of Springfield Centre, John Shotton from Mott MacDonald and Zach White from Oxford Policy Management, as they share some insights and experiences on sustainable development in aid-funded projects.
6th November, 2019
Future Energy Security in Developing Markets
What is the future of secure, affordable and clean energy sources in developing markets? Join us for a discussion with Simon Buchler from BCLP, John Lewis from Aggreko and Kirsty Hamilton from Chatham House, as they discuss trends in Africa and Asia’s energy markets and the growing demand for clean affordable energy.
12th November, 2019
Addressing Skills Shortage in the Infrastructure Sector
According to latest Engineering UK reports, construction skills shortages have reached an all-time high. Forecasts indicate an annual demand of 124,000 core engineering roles and a shortfall of 59,000, whilst the UK faces the challenge of encouraging construction careers amongst young people. This event will address strategies for reducing skills shortage both long term and short term that are critical to UK industry and services abroad.
13th November, 2019
Responding to a New Era of Resilient Infrastructure
Resilient infrastructure is the backbone of building resilience and increasing the likelihood of rapid recovery from extreme climate events. Speakers will discuss trends, opportunities and financing mechanisms for British companies engaging with resilient infrastructure globally.
20th November, 2019
USAID Funding Strategies and Questions
The meeting will cover USAID funding opportunities, the USAID procurement process, and will give you tools you can take back to your organisation to build and grow your USAID work. This will be targeted at British organisations that are interested in entering the USAID market. The seminar will be led by Mike Shanley, CEO of Konektid, a U.S. consulting firm that advises clients on partnering with USAID.
21st November, 2019
Global Education Technology Innovations
As global student populations grow Education Technology (EdTech) spending is expected to reach $252bn by 2020, presenting a diverse range of opportunities for British companies in the education sector. Join us for a discussion with Daniel Palmer, Education Development Trust, Dr John Collick, Promethean and Cindy Rampersaud, Pearson for a discussion on opportunities for British companies in the EdTech space.
The Department of International Trade have compiled a list of Autumn events for companies interested in Latin America and the Caribbean. The list includes events with both a regional and sector focus.
16–20 September, 2019
Mining Opportunities in Kazakhstan and Mining and Metals Central Asia Exhibition
Join the Mining and Metals Central Asia exhibition and a programme of business meetings arranged by DIT Kazakhstan. This is a unique opportunity for UK companies to position themselves among the mining experts, gain insight into current mining trends and innovations. For further info contact Tatyana.
22–24 October, 2019
The UK-Russia Raw Materials Dialogue, St Petersburg
Organised jointly with IOM3 and St Petersburg Mining University, supported by DIT in Russia, the 3rd Raw Materials Dialogue will focus on mining finance. Expect participation from Russian mining companies such as Polymetal, Russian Copper Company, Nordgold, as well as thought leaders from both countries. On day two there are opportunities for UK companies to present their solutions in the roundtable sessions on energy-saving and new technologies in mineral exploration and processing. Please contact Tatyana for further information: Tatyana.Poturaeva@fco.gov.uk
23–25 October, 2019
Trade and Investment Mission to Rwanda- The Eastern Africa Association
The EAA is organising and leading a Business Mission to Rwanda, commencing in Nairobi for those who wish to have a day’s formal briefing on Kenya. The mission offers opportunities to engage with both private sector and diplomatic stakeholders in Rwanda. Please contact Alex Farley to register your interest.
27–31 October, 2019
East and Central Africa Mining Forum, Kigali Rwanda
Led by the PM Trade Envoy for Rwanda Lord Popat UK mining investors and supply chain companies are invited to join a UK delegation to the Forum in Rwanda. There is an opportunity to attend a site visit and a meeting for UK delegates with the Ministry and key Rwandan mining executives who are attending the Forum. For further information please contact Gavin De Costa Gavin.DeCosta@fco.gov.uk
29–31 October, 2019
2019 World Bank Group’s Business Opportunities Fair, Washington DC, USA
As a reminder, the deadline for registration is October 4, but the reduced early bird registration price ends on September 23. The registration website is available at the 2019 World Bank Group Business Opportunities Fair. The program offers a good mix of sessions on energy with speakers from the World Bank, IFC, and MIGA. The event will also feature interactive sessions on the World Bank’s procurement processes and opportunities, and how companies can work with the World Bank Group and other International Financial Institutions, including the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
5–6 November. 2019
Serbia Mineral Resources Conference, Belgrade
Serbia is at the heart of the booming Tethyan belt, and home to the Jadar lithium/ borate, the Bor and Timok copper projects and many less advanced exploration projects. Themes this year include sustainability, innovation and diversity — they are looking to recruit female speakers. Let Bojana know if you are interested firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshops — Public Administration International (PAI)
PAI offers professional development workshops focusing on topics and themes around good governance, public administration and leading and managing public services locally and internationally. The training sessions combine practical work, case studies and site visits.
Training Offers — The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH)
The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) offers knowledge, skills sharing and capacity building activities and traditional training courses in the UK and internationally to academia, government organisations and business. Upcoming courses include: Using drones to map habitats, Introduction to GIS for environmental scientists course, Ozone pollution: A hidden threat to African crop production.
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