Dear Members and Friends,
This week the world entered a new era in geopolitical dynamics following the inauguration of the new US President Joe Biden, as the country looks to re-examine its global role in areas such as trade, finance, climate, and security. There is promise of re-engagement with the world, and for UK business the expectation is that the mutually beneficial relationship will enhance opportunities for both sides.
This week I joined the Infrastructure Exports: UK (IE:UK) board meeting. The Department for International Trade (DIT) provided an update on the great progress being made on new trade agreements. In addition, Board Member teams tasked with researching IE:UK priority markets presented their initial recommendations, and some great opportunities for UK infrastructure expertise will emerge; of course, G2G engagement will be important in driving collaboration and helping provide viable opportunities for the sector.
Members will have noticed that the Cabinet Office currently have an open Green Paper consultation on “transforming public procurement”. The Green Paper provides a great opportunity to overhaul public procurement and we look forward to member engagement in contributing to the consultation process.
Following up on last week’s invitation to let us know if you have an interest in joining the Climate Change- Net Zero working group, you will have received an email from us, requesting your input and feedback as we start building our activities programme for 2021. We would appreciate member feedback by responding to this SHORT QUESTIONNAIRE, with a focus Climate Change/Net Zero in the in the run up to CoP26.
Next Wednesday 27th January from 18:00 we are excited to be hosting Andrew Griffith MP, UK’s Net Zero Business Champion, as he provides a brief on his role and on HMG’s plans and priorities, and the role of business. This event is most suitable for senior level management. REGISTER HERE
Also on Next Week at BEI…
On 26th January, we look forward to hosting the World Bank Group as they present their flagship semi-annual Global Economic Prospects Report examining global economic developments highlighting the latest on the impact of Covid-19, with a focus on emerging markets and developing economies.
On 27th January, we look forward to hosting Bo Sundstrom, Head of the FCDO’S EU Development Programme, as the FCDO Europe Department shares the latest insights on the relationship in international development work between the UK and EU27 going forward. Register here for this event.
Future Event Highlights…
On 4th February we will explore some of the latest innovations in key areas such as disease control and climate monitoring & resilience. Join us for a panel discussion with some of our members driving development innovations and pushing the boundaries. This event is the first in our series of events celebrating the winners of the 2020 BEI Awards — you can sign up here.
The series continues on 9th February, with an event exploring Achieving Positive Social Impact in International Education Projects. Join us to explore how two British education projects, in Pakistan and in Uruguay, achieved excellence through innovation to help achieve a positive social impact and a sustainable outcome.
Visit our Member News & Resources
Our new website is now geared to showcase the latest news from both BEI and our members. Visit the Member News section and reach out to Matthew Gibbons with your news and articles.
Take advantage of the new Job Board on our website to post your organisation’s vacancies, currently this facility is available for free.
You will find highlights of our activities and events for last year in our 2020 Yearbook .
With Best Wishes
Chief Executive Officer
British Expertise International
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*.
26th January, 2021 — World Bank Economic Prospects: What 2021 Holds for the Global Economy
27th January, 2021 — The FCDO-EU Relationship post-Brexit
27th January, 2021 — Andrew Griffith MP: UK’s Net Zero Business Champion
1st February, 2021 — BEI Education Working Group
11th February, 2021 — Effectives Strategies for Working with Government Clients Internationally (BEI Awards Winners Series)
11th February, 2021 — BEI Infrastructure Exports Working Group
16th February, 2021 — Tajikistan — UK Trade Mission Scoping Meeting
18th February, 2021 — Address Resilience & Security in International Projects (BEI Awards Winners Series)
23rd February, 2021 — Minister Stuart: Post Brexit Trade & Sustainability
External News & Events
Crown Agents have released their annual impact statement where they showcase the work of Crown Agents over the last year, reaching over 36 million people across 60 countries.
9th and 11th February, 2021 — Transforming Environmental Data in R. This 2-day interactive online course will help you understand the benefits of data transformation tools (such as R). You will learn about aspects such as auditable workflow, repeatability, timesaving, improving efficiency and reduced risk of data loss.
21st and 22nd April, 2021 — Using Drones to Map Habitats. This two-day interactive online course 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.