Dear Members and Friends,
Following consultations with members, we will set up a Climate Change/Net Zero Working Group. Based on the feedback we received, the WG will focus on sharing practical insights on government plans in the lead up to and around COP26, and find relevant opportunities for UK plc to profile and showcase their expertise and capabilities. The group will explore hosting climate change & the Race to Net Zero related activities including engagement with UK Government Leads. We are also exploring the possibility of a stand-alone climate themed Infrastructure/International Development Conference and participating in events around COP26. Members will be invited to take part in the WG shortly but can register their interest now with Joe McLynn.
As you, and no doubt many others, wait for the results of the UK Government’s Integrated Review, word has it that we may finally get to see the review outcome in the early part of March. Earlier in the week, Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, James Cleverly, advised MPs: “The Integrated Review will send a message about what the UK stands for as an independent actor on the global stage and how we will back this up with action to secure our interests and also defend our values.”
The UK government recently published the International Education Strategy 2021 Update. This update follows recent global changes, including the significant challenges facing the education sector as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. As the UK is recognised across the world for its high-quality education and research, this update proposes several areas to increase education exports and for sustainable growth.
On Monday, the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) launched a competition to mobilise investment in sustainable infrastructure in emerging and developing countries. The FCDO aims to demonstrate the possibilities of attracting large scale institutional flows of capital for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and climate financing through listed instruments.
This week we hosted two events as part of the BEI 2020 Awards Series, the first was on Achieving Positive Social Impact in Intenational Education Projects which highlighted some effective ways to deliver education during the current pandemic as well as ways to ensure sustainability of programmes beyond their project funding life.
The second event was on Effective Strategies for Working with Government Clients Abroad — with panellists sharing their experiences. The discussion highlighted the need to establish long term relationships with key Government officials, in particular where there is a high turnover in political appointments. The need to work with local stakeholders and the importance of regular dialogue were also key take-aways.
Future event highlights…
Next week we are excited to host a UK Trade Mission Scoping Event on Tajikistan on the 16 February. Join us in partnership with the Tajikistan Embassy in the UK and the Tajik-British Chamber of Commerce to get a briefing on current export and investment opportunities in Tajikistan as well as an overview of the political and economic situation.
The BEI 2020 Awards Series continues on 18 February, with an event on case studies focusing on Addressing Resilience & Sustainability in International Projects. Join us and hear how two UK companies are delivering green and sustainable practices in their projects.
On Tuesday 23 February we look forward to hosting UK Minister of State for Exports, Graham Stuart as he talks on Post-Brexit Trade & Sustainability. The Minister will share his perspective on the latest and upcoming developments in the British export sector. There will be limited spaces available. If you would like to attend please email Matthew Gibbons on firstname.lastname@example.org and advise of your interest to join.
We look forward to you joining us at our events and as the recent snow is replaced with sunny spells in my part of the world — I wish you all a great weekend.
With Best Wishes
Chief Executive Officer
British Expertise International
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The events below will be hosted via webinar. For any event registration support please contact Matthew Gibbons. Click on titles to access full event details. The full calendar of events can be viewed here and recently added event dates are highlighted with an asterisk*.
16th February, 2021 — Tajikistan — UK Trade Mission Scoping Meeting
18th February, 2021 — Address Resilience & Security in International Projects (BEI Awards Showcase Series)
18th February, 2021 — The UK’s Net Zero Policy Environment
23rd February, 2021 — Minister Stuart: Post Brexit Trade & Sustainability
1st March, 2021 — BEI Education Working Group
10th March, 2021 — Infrastructure opportunities — India
10th March, 2021* — Addressing Famine and Humanitarian Challenges
11th March, 2021 — BEI Infrastructure Exports Working Group
17th March, 2021 — British Council — Education Export Opportunities in South East Asia
20th April, 2021* — Azerbaijan Deep-Dive
External News & Events
23rd February, 2021 — From Cow Pasture to Smart City — The Western Sydney International Airport. The Australian British Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the British High Commission and UK Department for International Trade, are pleased to invite you to the first of three webinars bringing together UK and Australian expertise on smart cities. The new parklands city in Western Sydney is an opportunity to build a smart city from the ground up using advanced technology and sensors that will create the most cutting-edge city in the world.
24th February, 2021 — The Safeguarding Leads Network (SLN) in collaboration with the Safeguarding, Resource and Support Hub will be hosting webinar on ‘Sharing Experiences in Responsible Safeguarding’. We will hear from two very different organisations, their experiences of implementing safeguarding, particularly around the key priorities of focus for the SLN: Leadership, Survivor Support, Diversity and Inclusion, Improving Safeguarding Capacity, and Reporting Mechanisms. Check on the RSH Hub for further details on how to join and share your questions.
1st — 4th March, 2021 — The DIT-LATAC Roadshow 2021 is now less than one month away! Join us and explore LATAC’s sub-regions. The event will feature specialist sector-focused sessions. There will also be opportunities to book 1–2–1 meetings with DIT experts. Find out more, share the details, and register for this year’s Roadshow: https://bit.ly/36wG3tG
6th- 9th April 2021 — Brazil — Embraer Virtual Technology Showcase. Embraer are designing a new regional aircraft and are looking for future technologies, such as batteries, hydrogen fuel cells, hydrogen fuel and connective manufacture through Industry 4.0. For more information, contact: email@example.com
21st and 22nd April, 2021 — Using Drones to Map Habitats. The UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology has a two-day interactive online course that will provide participants with the basic skills needed to take images collected from a UAV platform such as a quadcopter, process the images into a scene suitable for image processing, and generate classified images. Early bird discount available.
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