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CATBIG

CATBIG is a business to business network for UK based companies focussing on the countries of Central Asia and the Trans-Caucasus: Armenia; Azerbaijan; Georgia; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyz Republic; Mongolia; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

It is administered by British Expertise and works closely with UK Trade & Investment and the British Embassies in the region.

There are 3 main meetings a year, with smaller country focus meetings in between. For further details please contact
Nigel Peters.

 

Forthcoming Meetings

CATBIG
CATBIG: meet the British Ambassador to Kazakhstan CATBIG: meet the British Ambassador to Kazakhstan

01 December 2014
Time: 15:30


An update from the British Ambassador to Kazakhstan on the economy, politics and the commercial opportunities in this fast growing emerging market.

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London

Past Meetings

CATBIG
CATBIG Azerbaijan CATBIG Azerbaijan

27 October 2014
Time: 12:00


An update on Azerbaijan from Charles Hendry MP, the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy, and HE Tahir Taghizade, the recently appointed Azerbaijani Ambassador to the UK

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG: Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan Agribusiness Delegation CATBIG: Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan Agribusiness Delegation

20 October 2014
Time: 14:00


Meet an agri-business delegation from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Hear about opportunities in the sector together with presentations from the Kyrgyz and Tajik Embassies and EBRD.

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG: Investment Opportunites in Tajikistan CATBIG: Investment Opportunites in Tajikistan

03 July 2014
Time: 14:00


Mr.Sirojiddin Aslov Foreign Minister of Tajikistan will give an overview on opportunities in the region

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG in the CAUCASUS CATBIG in the CAUCASUS

16 May 2014
Time: 12:30 - 14:00


Meet the 3 British Ambassadors in the Caucasus countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG: Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan CATBIG: Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan

12 May 2014
Time: 15:00 - 16:30


Your chance to meet the British Ambassadors to Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan for an update on the economic, commercial and political developments in these interesting but challenging markets.

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG: Kazakhstan Commercial Officers CATBIG: Kazakhstan Commercial Officers

10 March 2014
Time: 15:30 - 17:00


Meet Fiona Kushvid, Head of Trade & Investment at the British Embassy in Astana, and Goulnar Gabdulova, lead UKTI officer for the oil& gas sector, based in Atyrau, to hear about the latest opportunities in Kazakhstan.

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG: Meet the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy CATBIG: Meet the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy

27 February 2014
Time: 15:30 - 17:30


Meet the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, Charles Hendry MP, to hear about the latest Government initiatives to increase trade in these key markets.

Venue:
Committee Room 5, Houses of Parliament, London
CATBIG
CATBIG - TAJIKISTAN CATBIG - TAJIKISTAN

19 November 2013
Time: 15:00 - 16:30


Meet the British Ambassador to Tajikistan, Robin Ord-Smith MVO, to hear about the latest political, economic and commercial developments. Also learn about the work of the charity HealthProm in Tajikistan and other CATBIG countries.

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG - Project Finance from UK Export Finance and EBRD CATBIG - Project Finance from UK Export Finance and EBRD

17 October 2013
Time: 15:00


Hear about Project Finance available to the CATBIG region from UK Export Finance and the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG: Meet the British Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan... CATBIG: Meet the British Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan...

14 October 2013
Time: 15:00


Join our roundtable discussion and meet Judith Farnworth the British Ambassador in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG - meet the British Ambassador to Kazakhstan CATBIG - meet the British Ambassador to Kazakhstan

06 September 2013
Time: 14:00


Meet Dr Carolyn Browne, HM Ambassador to Kazakstan, for an update on economic, political and commercial developments in this fast growing emerging country.

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG: Meet with the new  British Ambassador to Baku CATBIG: Meet with the new British Ambassador to Baku

27 August 2013
Time: 13:30


Meet the new British Ambassador Irfan Siddiq before he takes up his post in September.

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG: Meet the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy CATBIG: Meet the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy

11 July 2013
Time: 15:00 - 16:30


Meet Charles Hendry MP at the Houses of Parliament to discuss his role as the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. NB - New date, postponed from 1 July

Venue:
Committee Room 11, Houses of Parliament, London
CATBIG
DFID - A Briefing Seminar for Potential UK SME Suppliers DFID - A Briefing Seminar for Potential UK SME Suppliers

13 June 2013
Time: 11:00


AFBS is delighted to welcome Nick Ford and Louise Capaldi from DFID’s Procurement Group, who will explain in detail the opportunities, and also representatives from DFID’s contracted procurement agents.

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG: MEET THE AMBASSADORS CATBIG: MEET THE AMBASSADORS

21 May 2013
Time: 15:30 - 17:00


Your chance to meet the British Ambassadors from Armenia, Georgia and Mongolia and hear their updates on the economic, commercial and political situation in their countries.

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
Turkmenistan: Visit of Oil & Gas DPM Turkmenistan: Visit of Oil & Gas DPM

21 February 2013
Time: 15:00 - 17:00


Meet DPM Khojamuhammedov and other key officials dealing with the Oil and Gas sector in Turkmenistan, the world's fourth largest producer of gas

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
MOLDOVA - anyone for tennis? MOLDOVA - anyone for tennis?

28 January 2013
Time: 15:00 - 16:30


Meet the British Ambassador to Moldova, H.E. Keith Shannon, and his counterpart, the Moldovan Ambassador to the UK, H.E. Iulian Fruntasu, at a meeting to hear Nigel Peters present the findings of his scoping mission to Moldova. There will also be case studies from British companies working in Moldova and an introduction from Tony Hawks.

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG: Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan CATBIG: Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan

12 December 2012
Time: 15:00 - 17:00


Meet the British Ambassadors from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and also receive a copy of the newly published Business Opportunities Guides to both countries written by Nigel Peters after his recent visits.

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG:  Azerbaijan, Meet the British Ambassador CATBIG: Azerbaijan, Meet the British Ambassador

23 November 2012
Time: 12:30 - 14:00


A working lunch with HM Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Peter Bateman, to hear his views on the economic, political and commercial situation in Azerbaijan

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG: Western Kazakhstan Investment Opportunities CATBIG: Western Kazakhstan Investment Opportunities

06 September 2012
Time: 11:00 - 12:30


Meet Lord Waverley and HE The Ambassador of Kazakhstan to hear about investment opportunities in Western Kazakhstan.

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG: Meet the FCO's Caspian Energy Adviser CATBIG: Meet the FCO's Caspian Energy Adviser

20 June 2012
Time: 15:30 - 17:00


Meet the FCO's Caspian Energy Advisor to hear an insider's view on what is happening in the Caspian oil and gas sector, and the opportunities this creates for British companies

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
Turkmenistan: Global Sporting Events Turkmenistan: Global Sporting Events

31 May 2012
Time: 10:00 - 14:00


A chance to meet a senior level delegation from Turkmenistan, who will explain their country's investment in sporting facilities and plans to host global sporting events.

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG: Mongolia - Transport Delegation CATBIG: Mongolia - Transport Delegation

24 May 2012
Time: 15:00 - 17:00


Meet a high level delegation from the Mongolian Transport Sector

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG in the CAUCASUS CATBIG in the CAUCASUS

02 May 2012
Time: 17:30 - 19:00


Meet the 3 British Ambassadors from the Caucasus countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG Uzbekistan - Meet the British Ambassador CATBIG Uzbekistan - Meet the British Ambassador

27 January 2012
Time: 13:30 - 14:30


Meet the British Ambassador to Uzbekistan

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG: Turkmenistan Country Focus CATBIG: Turkmenistan Country Focus

12 December 2011
Time: 15:30 - 17:00


CATBIG meeting on Turkmenistan to hear a report on the recent scoping mission to identify priority sectors and projects. The UK Co-Chair of the Turkmenistan UK Trade & Industry Council will be present.

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG: Tajikistan Country Focus CATBIG: Tajikistan Country Focus

24 November 2011
Time: 15:00


A major meeting to celebrate 20 years of independence for Tajikistan

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG: Country Focus Kazakhstan CATBIG: Country Focus Kazakhstan

08 November 2011
Time: 15:30


David Moran, HM Ambassador to Kazakhstan, will give us an update on the political, economic and commercial situation in Kazakhstan.

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
Mongolia: Cross sector visiting delegation Mongolia: Cross sector visiting delegation

12 October 2011
Time: 15:30


Meeting with twelve business representatives from Mongolia.

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG: Mongolia Country Focus CATBIG: Mongolia Country Focus

06 September 2011
Time: 15:30 - 17:00


CATBIG Mongolia Country focus meeting to meet the new British Ambassador, HE Miss Thorda Abbott-Watt.

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG: EBRD in the Caucasus, Moldova & Belarus CATBIG: EBRD in the Caucasus, Moldova & Belarus

20 June 2011
Time: 15:30 - 17:00


An update on economic & commercial prospects in the Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan & Georgia), Moldova & Belarus by the regional EBRD Director, Paul-Henri Forestier.

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG: Armenia & Georgia CATBIG: Armenia & Georgia

11 May 2011
Time: 17:00 - 18:30


A briefing on the CATBIG scoping mission to Armenia & Georgia, a chance to get a copy of the detailed visit report, and to meet the British Ambassadors to Armenia & Georgia

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG: General Meeting CATBIG: General Meeting

12 April 2011
Time: 15:00 - 17:00


CATBIG meeting to discuss case studies and latest developments in the 8 countries of Central Asia & the Caucasus together with Mongolia

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG: Turkmenistan Developments and Opportunities CATBIG: Turkmenistan Developments and Opportunities

04 April 2011
Time: 15:30


A round table discussion with Neil McKain Head of the Resident Office for EBRD in Turkmenistan

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG Country Focus meeting: Kyrgyzstan CATBIG Country Focus meeting: Kyrgyzstan

03 March 2011
Time: 11:00 - 12:30


An update on the economic, political and commercial situation in Kyrgyzstan from the British Ambassador

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG Country Focus: Turkmenistan CATBIG Country Focus: Turkmenistan

20 January 2011
Time: 15:00 - 16:30


Hear the latest update on the fast growing market in Turkmenistan from the British Ambassador

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG: Armenia: Update by the British Ambassador CATBIG: Armenia: Update by the British Ambassador

14 December 2010
Time: 15:00 - 17:00


An update on the opportunities in Armenia from the British Ambassador

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens, London
CATBIG
CATBIG: With a focus on Kazakhstan CATBIG: With a focus on Kazakhstan

21 October 2010
Time: 15:00 - 16:30


CATBIG (Central Asia & Transcaucasus Business Interest Group) meeting, with a focus on Kazakhstan.

Venue:
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Knightsbridge
CATBIG
The CATBIG Country Focus Series - Georgia and Uzbekistan The CATBIG Country Focus Series - Georgia and Uzbekistan

07 July 2010
Time: 16:00


Denis Keefe, HM Ambassador to Georgia, and Rupert Joy, HM Ambassador to Uzbekistan. An overview of the economic, political and commercial situation in these countries

Venue:
British Expertise, 10 Grosvenor Gardens,
CATBIG
CATBIG Meeting CATBIG Meeting

10 May 2010
Time: 10:30


FULLY BOOKED, WAITING LIST OPERATING. Contact Sue Davie (sd@britishexpertise.org)

Venue:
BIS Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street, London
CATBIG
Armenia: a CATBIG Country Focus Meeting Armenia: a CATBIG Country Focus Meeting

09 February 2010
Time: 11:30


HE Charles Lonsdale, the British Ambassador to Armenia, will give an overview of the current political, economic and commercial situation.

Venue:
British Expertise Offices
CATBIG
CATBIG Meeting CATBIG Meeting

14 December 2009
Time: 10:30


The Central Asia & Transcaucasus Business Interest Group (CATBIG) is a business forum that meets to provide an opportunity for companies to hear about recent developments (both economic, commercial and political), in the 8 CATBIG countries

Venue:
BIS Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street, SW1