BEI Weekly Update — 24th May 2019
The calendar of upcoming events and a weekly update from BEI
Dear Members and Friends,
As widely anticipated, Theresa May has announced, in an emotional statement in Downing St this morning, that she will quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, making the way for a contest to decide a new prime minister. She spoke of her “deep regret” that she has been unable to deliver Brexit, but as a spectator looking on, it’s hard to imagine if anyone can deliver on Brexit, especially since there are so many divergent views on what Brexit looks like. In the coming week or so, the battle for leadership of the Conservative Party will peak, any bets on who the winner will be?
Upcoming Event Highlights:
Don’t forget to sign up for the annual Meet the UK Ambassadors Events where we are looking forward to hosting UK Heads of Mission as they provide updates on their respective regions. Spaces will be limited and I would encourage you to book now.
In the coming weeks some events to look out for include
29 May — DFID Work in the Middle East and North Africa. Emma Donnelly, Deputy Director of DFID’s Middle East and North Africa Division will share updates and share some insights on DFID’s work in the region.
The Chilean Minister of Public Works, Juan Andrés Fontaine, will share details of 60 proposed projects on 11 June, 2019 at the event on New Infrastructure Opportunities in Chile
5th June, we will host an event on DFID Work on Children, Youth and Education with Alicia Herbert, DFID Head of the Children, Youth and Education Department.
Ceri Evans, Regional Manager UK from MEED Projects will present on — Project Opportunities Middle East and North Africa on 6 June.
On 18th June, 2019 will be hosting the Major Sporting Events Infrastructure Opportunities event with a panel of experts exploring and sharing experiences on working on major international sports events. The panel will include; Andrew Bacchus — The Sports Economy Lead at DIT, Damon Lavelle Principal at Populous and Jon Coxeter-Smith Founder and CEO at Sagacity MCS Limited.
This week the UK voted in the European Parliament election and results will start coming in over the weekend. The question that will be on everyone’s mind is how long, if at all, the MEPs will get to serve.
On a lighter note, with Royal inventions and interventions the Chelsea Flower Show this week saw a greater focus on “going green” and “sustainability.” I have yet to be able to get a ticket for the show, but I can dream.
It has been a warm and sunny week and would have much preferred to have been out in the London Parks enjoying the rays and enhanced vitamin D — but alas — it was work as usual.
I hope the long weekend, and half term break for some, will provide plenty of sunshine and some much-needed rest for you and yours.
With Best Wishes,
Chief Operating Officer, British Expertise International
For any event registration assistance please contact Sue Watkins. Click on titles to access more event details. The full calendar can be viewed here and recently added events are highlighted with an asterisk*
29th May, 2019
DFID Work in the Middle East and North Africa
Join us as Emma Donnelly, Deputy Director of DFID’s Middle East and North Africa Division provides some updates and share some insights on DFID’s work in the region. The work includes the UK’s humanitarian response in Yemen, the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis, and in Syria and its neighbours, support for stability in Jordan, Iraq, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Lebanon, a joint FCO-DFID North Africa Joint Unit, and engagement with Turkey and the rising development powers of the Gulf.
5th June, 2019
DFID Work on Children, Youth and Education
Join us as Alicia Herbert, DFID Head of the Children, Youth and Education Department shares insights on DFID’s work and achievements in this area. DFID’s work focuses on ensuring that their influencing and investments better support young people to make a positive transition into adulthood.
6th June, 2019
Project Opportunities Middle East and North Africa
Join us for a presentation on project opportunities for UK companies by Ceri Evans, Regional Manager UK for MEED Projects, a company that tracks projects in the Middle East and North Africa. MEED Projects tracks more than 12,200 active projects worth over $4 trillion. Sectors covered are; infrastructure, alternative energy, construction, industrial, oil and gas production, power, water and waste.
11th June, 2019
New Infrastructure Opportunities in Chile
Join us for a meeting with Chilean Minister of Public Works, Juan Andrés Fontaine, who is visiting London to promote Chile’s 2018–2023 infrastructure focused “Concessions Plan” and elaborate on opportunities for British companies. This Plan involves a portfolio of investments for more than US$14 million between 2018 and 2023, with a total of 60 projects.
13th June, 2019
Meet the UK Ambassadors — AFRICA
Join BEI in association with Invest Africa for our annual “Meet the Ambassadors” Africa events. UK Heads of Mission will provide political and economic updates and share their insights on opportunities for British Business. Please double check venues as some meetings will be held as usual at 23 Grafton Street and others at:
• East Africa — 8.45am (Venue — 23 Grafton St)
• Francophone Africa — 11.30am (Venue — 23 Grafton St)
• Southern Africa* — 9.30am (14 June, venue — PwC, More London)
• West Africa*– 1.30pm (venue — IHS Markit, London)
• Central Africa*– 8.30am (venue — Squire Patton Boggs, EC2M 4YH)
13th June, 2019
Meet the UK Ambassadors
Join us for the annual BEI “Meet the Ambassadors” events as UK Heads of Mission share their insights on opportunities for British companies and also provide political and economic updates on their countries and the region. With the UK looking to reinforce its place in the world more now than ever before, there is a wealth of opportunities for UK plc.
18 June, 2019
Major Sporting Events Infrastructure Opportunities
Join us for a panel discussion as a team of experts in Major Sports share perspectives on opportunities for UK business in major international sports events and share experiences of UK companies. The event would also be an opportunity for UK companies working in this space or interested in working in this space to engage and network.
2nd July, 2019
MEAG Reception — Sanam Vakil, Chatham House Middle East North Africa Programme
British Expertise’s Middle East Access Group invites you to join us for a networking reception as Sanam Vakil, Senior Research Fellow in the Middle East North Africa Programme at Chatham House. Sanam will share insights on some of her research and experiences on the Middle East.
11th July, 2019*
Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) — Business Opportunities Workshop
We are delighted to welcome the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in collaboration with UK DIT as they share information working with the CDB and opportunities for UK companies in the Caribbean. CDB focus sectors include economic infrastructure, water and sanitation, energy, climate change adaptation and mitigation, education and social development and governance. In 2019 CDB anticipates project approvals of USD 464 million, reflecting a growth in the bank’s portfolio.
5 June 2019
UK Trade and Export Finance Forum 2019
UK Export Finance (UKEF) is hosting the second annual UK Trade & Export Finance Forum to mark its centenary on 5 June. This event will explore trends in international trade, as well as the latest developments in the field of export credit agencies, and the UK Government’s Export Strategy, which puts export finance at its heart, with a commitment ensuring no viable UK export fails for lack of finance or insurance.
3rd-7th June in Santiago, Chile and 10th-14th June in Ica. Peru
AgriTech and Horticulture Trade Mission to Chile & Peru
The British-Chilean Chamber´s trade mission will focus on the fruit, vegetables and wine industries. For more details contact: Eduardo Olate, Business Development Consultant, British-Chilean Chamber (London)
16–20 June 2019
Trade mission to Cuba
The Cuba Initiative organising high-level Trade and Investment Mission to Havana, Cuba with support from both the British and Cuban Governments. Priority sectors for Cuba include renewable energy, agriculture, agri-food, financial services, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Maria Tereza Laino at The Caribbean Council.
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. CEH has a range of expertise across topics and issues such as flood risk management, pollution control or sustainable land management.
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