BEI Weekly Update — 5th July 2019
The calendar of upcoming events and a weekly update from BEI
Dear Members and Friends,
This week I joined the BCLP 4th Africa Forum focusing on the continent as an investment destination. I enjoyed participating in what was an informative day with some really interesting topics on agriculture and agribusiness, PPPs, Energy and Infrastructure, and off-grid solutions for Africa. With all the many challenges of doing business in Africa, the investment opportunities it offers remain vast and cannot be overlooked.
Recently, the Department for International Trade (DIT) recently published their single departmental plan and with the uncertainties of type of Brexit we are heading for, changes may be required.
The latest Trade and investment core statistics book provides some interesting information and a snapshot of the UK’s trade and investment position, summarising trade statistics. UK exports value in 2018 was £634.1 billion an increase of 2.7% from 2017. Exports in 2018 were down as a percentage of UK GDP to 29.9%, from 30.1% in 2017
Rory Stewart, DFID Secretary of State, this week gave a speech at the Royal Institution about climate resilience. He pointed out that one of the key issues was the huge financing gap for the SDGs. He also mentioned, whilst it was the poorest countries that will be most negatively affected by climate change the global impact will also have a huge impact on many countries.
Upcoming Events Highlights
We hope you have signed up for the two ICAI events coming up. On 16 July is a consultation meeting on The Use of UK Aid in Enhancing Mutual Prosperity. And on 23 July will be an event on the Current State of UK Aid, hosted in partnership with Bond at BCLP offices.
On 25 July we have the DFID Malawi- Country Update. David Beer, DFID Malawi Head of Office, will be sharing an update on DFID’s work in Malawi.
You will find full event details in the schedule below.
If you are a sports fan, this weekend you are spoilt for choice of what to watch, including Wimbledon, FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the ICC Cricket World Cup to name a few.
For those planning activities outdoors, the weather is expected to be cooler and cloudier but staying mostly dry with some sunny spells.
And to you all, we wish you a pleasant weekend.
With Best Regards,
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*
9th July, 2019
EBRD in Central Asia
We are delighted to welcome Bruno Balvanera, Managing Director — Central Asia at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He leads a regional team in six countries (Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) in seven main and seven secondary offices. Bruno Balvanera will cover EBRD’s strategic priorities in the region and provide an overview of significant projects that are in progress or in planning.
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.
16th July, 2019
Meet the Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United Kingdom
We are delighted to welcome His Excellency Said T. Jawad, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United Kingdom, for his first event at British Expertise International. He will cover some of the large infrastructure and humanitarian projects that are in development in Afghanistan and discuss what opportunities there are for British companies.
16th July, 2019
The Use of UK Aid in Enhancing Mutual Prosperity
Join us and the ICAI team; Review Manager, Dr Kath Bainbridge and co-team leaders, Catherine Cameron and Alex Martins for a consultative focus group discussion to gather UK businesses’ views of the different ways in which UK aid is being used to promote secondary economic benefits for the UK and for UK businesses.
23rd July, 2019
DFID Communications Strategy
Join Mel Rouse, DFID Head of Partnerships and Branding and Michael Haigh, Deputy Director Strategic Communications as we discuss DFID’s communications strategy and how the private sector can collaborate to support its objectives.
23rd July, 2019
Current State of UK Aid
ICAI, in partnership with British Expertise International and BOND, invite you to join us for a review and discussion on the “current state of UK aid” chaired by ICAI’s new Chief Commissioner Dr Tamsyn Barton, with presentations from outgoing Commissioner Richard Gledhill, and Director of Agulhas Dr Marcus Cox.
25th July, 2019
DFID Malawi- Country Update
Join us for a meeting with DFID Head of Malawi, David Beer as he shares an update on DFID’s work in Malawi. As one of the poorest countries in the world, DFID plays a significant role in supporting the country’s development. Key areas of work include; health, building resilience to crises, support most vulnerable women and girls and supporting institutions and economic development.
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
9 July, 2019
The Future of Indonesia-UK Relations Post-Brexit
The British Foreign Policy Group and the Indonesian Embassy will be hosting a seminar as part of a series of events celebrating the 70th anniversary of Indonesia-UK diplomatic relations. The seminar will explore the potential to innovate and advance relations between Indonesia and the UK. Please register your interest to attend the event.
10 July, 2019
Investment opportunities in the State of São Paulo
Join São Paulo State Governor João Doria, Finance Secretary Henrique Meirelles and Subsecretary for Partnerships and Innovation Tarcila Reis Jordão as they share their plans and insights on upcoming infrastructure development projects, privatizations and investment opportunities in the State of São Paulo and Brazil generally. Please register your interest. For more events Latin America & Caribbean events for UK companies, please view this list.
17 July, 2019
Doing Business in Saudi Arabia
SBJBC will be hosting a ‘Doing Business in Saudi Arabia’ Workshop on 17 July 2019 at 23 Grafton Street, London W1S 4EY from 2.30pm. The workshop will explore opportunities for UK companies in key sectors including: Fintech, Infrastructure, Tourism & Entertainment, Education and Healthcare. There will be opportunities for Q&A session and networking before and after the event. Please register your interest by contacting Oliver Grogono.
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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