28 July 2017
British Expertise News

This week we welcomed Jane Corbin, Award Winning Broadcaster, Author and Investigative Journalist, and member of our Advisory Board, who shared her current take on developments in the Middle East with a packed room of Strategy members, as well as some very welcome recent members from the Middle East Association. A full report is available in this week's Strategy International Newsletter.

On Thursday 31 August, we invite members to Trade & Investment Queensland to meet with the Mayor of Sunshine Coast, Mark Jamieson, and discuss strategies for Smart Cities. The Sunshine Coast council's smart city development at Maroochydore has recently been showcased at the annual assembly of local governments in Canberra, and the Mayor is keen to discuss plans for future infrastructure projects. Places at this event are very limited, so please contact Melina Tay if you would like to attend.

Finally, we are also pleased to announce that on Thursday 19 October, we will be joined by the Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey for a briefing on advancing the UK-US relationship and exploring the mutually beneficial opportunities for business, trade and investment between the two nations. Arizona is nationally recognised as a centre of excellence in emerging industries such as Aerospace and Defence, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Business and Financial Services, Technology and Innovation, Optics and Photonics, Renewable Energy and Advanced Manufacturing. The discussion will be of significant value to companies with an interest in any of these areas and more.

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Have a lovely weekend all!

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Strategy International Ltd

ICAI: Peace-Building in Conflict-Affected States, Lessons from Somalia

Tuesday 22 August

A discussion with ICAI Commissioner Richard Gledhill on the UK aid programme's record on peace-building in conflict-affected states, following the publication of ICAI's performance review on UK aid in Somalia.

Meet the Mayor of Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Thursday 31 August

Mayor Mark Jamieson of Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, invites members to Queensland House to discuss strategies for smart cities.

African Development: Meet the Invest in Africa Partners

Monday 4 September

BEI,in partnership with Invest in Africa (IIA), a cross-sector organisation that works with leading investors, is giving you the opportunity to meet their Global Partners and hear how they develop long term solutions to tackle the challenges of operation in Africa.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Thursday 7 September
62, Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6AJ

A briefing on the work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with a focus on their work in global development & global policy and advocacy.

Malawi: New Gateway to Africa’s Markets

Thursday 7 September

The Cavalry & Guards Club, 127 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London
British Expertise International will be hosting an event with the Malawi Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism Hon Joseph Mwanamvekha MP, in partnership with Commonwealth Argosy Events. For further information or to book your place, click here.

Nigeria: Meet the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy

Monday 11 September
Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, Bridge Street, London

A meeting in Parliament to discuss Nigeria with the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy, John Howell MP.

The Caribbean Development Bank & the UK-Caribbean Infrastructure Fund

Thursday 14 September

An introduction to the work of the Caribbean Development Bank and an update on the progress of the UK-Caribbean Infrastructure Fund.

DFID Kenya: An Update from the Country Director

Friday 15 September

An update on the DFID Programme in Kenya from the Country Director, Pete Vowles.

Meet the Governor of Arizona Doug Ducey

Thursday 19 October

Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona delegation look forward to a roundtable discussion on advancing the UK-US relationship and exploring mutually beneficial opportunities for business, trade and investment.

EXTERNAL: British Engineering Day in Astana, Kazakhstan

Tuesday 22 August
Astana, Kazakhstan

The British Chamber of Commerce in Kazakhstan is organising British Engineering Day in Astana at the UK Pavilion of EXPO 2017. This is a great opportunity for UK companies to promote their product & services and to enter the Kazakh market. Click here for more information.

EXTERNAL: Communications and Media Training

Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) is the development arm of Thomson Reuters, the world’s largest provider of news and information. TRF provides training solutions to companies and individuals worldwide. It offers scheduled public courses, in-company workshops, and client bespoke interventions. All its subject matter experts and trainers have decades of experience in communications, media and journalism. To access their services, please see their webpage http://www.trust.org/training

EXTERNAL: PAI Professional Development Workshops 2017

PAI offers direct access to senior managers in the civil service and local government, to academics, politicians and civil society organisations enables visiting delegates to make important contacts with specialists in their particular field of interest. PAI workshops provide an excellent forum for international networking and sharing ideas about good practice. PAI are accredited by the British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education (BAC) as a Short Course Provider. For further information or to attend a PAI workshop please click here.

EXTERNAL: Lima 2019 Pan American Games – Sports Infrastructure Opportunities

On 18 April, Department of International Trade Minister Greg Hands signed a UK-Peru Government-to-Government Understanding for the UK to assist Peru with the organisation and delivery of the Pan American Games to be held in Lima in 2019. As part of this assistance, the UK has been helping Lima 2019 get to the point where it could launch its infrastructure programme and UK companies will have the opportunity to partner. If this might be of interest to your company, click here for further details and to register.

Members Discounts: International Development Business Development Services

We are pleased to offer member discounts with the services provided by DevelopmentAid and UN Development Business, both leading organisations in the provision of business development services for those working in international development. For a 15% discount from DevelopmentAid, email Irina Baltag: i.baltag@developmentaid.org stating you are a BEI member. For a 20% discount on a one-year subscription to UN Development Business, enter the code “DI_PSLO” in the promo code field during the registration process (valid until the end of July 2017). Any queries to Nigel Peters.

Office space / desks wanted in central London for up to 4 people

Invest in Africa (IIA) is looking for office space / desks to hire for up to 4 people, in Central London, on a full time basis. Ideally the space would be within an existing organisations premises and would include all services / servicing. Able to be flexible on exact requirements, nature of agreement and start time (could be throughout 2017).  IIA is a not for profit organisation promoting trade and investment between multinationals, African SMEs and governments. For more pls contact William.pollen@investinafrica.com.

On Thursday 31 August, we invite members to Trade & Investment Queensland to meet with the Mayor of Sunshine Coast, Mark Jamieson, and discuss strategies for Smart Cities.

22 Aug 17: ICAI: Peace-Building in Conflict-Affected States, Lessons from Somalia
31 Aug 17: Meet the Mayor of Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
04 Sep 17: African Development: Meet the Invest in Africa Partners
07 Sep 17: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
07 Sep 17: Malawi: New Gateway to Africa’s Markets
11 Sep 17: Nigeria: Meet the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy

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