BEI Weekly Update — 5th February 2021

Dear Members and Friends,

It is normal and understandable that in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic people are experiencing mental health related issues. Stress, worry and other issues are normal responses during these times of uncertainty. I would recommend some guidance from the NHS as well as other experts. The pandemic has resulted in significant changes to our lives it is important to look after our mental health as well as our physical well-being.

This week I had a delightful meeting with the UK’s new Trade Commissioner for Latin America and the Caribbean Jonathan Knott CMG, whose role is leading the UK government’s work to boost trade and investment between the UK and Latin America and the Caribbean. He spoke of his keen interest in carrying on the great work and progress being made by his team. We both agreed on the need to find additional ways to encourage and support UK companies, assess and pursue opportunities this region has to offer.

As part of our BEI 2020 Awards Series, this week we hosted an event focusing on Latest Innovations in Climate Resilience, Climate Monitoring & Disease Control. It was amazing to hear from our members HR Wallingford, Resurgence and Mott MacDonald about their great scientific and technological innovations to address emerging issues and making a difference around the world.

Future event highlights…
The BEI 2020 Awards Series continues on 9th February, with an event on best practice in Achieving Positive Social Impact in International Education Projects. Join us to explore how two British education projects on opposite sides of the world, in Pakistan and in Uruguay, achieved excellence through innovation to help achieve a positive social impact and sustainable outcomes.

On 11th February, join us for a panel discussion on the experiences and lessons learned on Working with Government Clients Internationally and how these relationships can be leveraged to enable and support sustainable development, and how to make them work for the entire stakeholder network.

On 16th February, we are excited to be hosting a UK Trade Mission Scoping Event on Tajikistan — 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.

With Best Wishes

Derrick Sanyahumbi
Chief Executive Officer
British Expertise International

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Upcoming Events

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*.

9th February, 2021Achieving Positive Social Impact in International Education (BEI Awards Showcase Series)

11th February, 2021Effectives Strategies for Working with Government Clients Internationally (BEI Awards Showcase Series)

11th February, 2021BEI Infrastructure Exports Working Group Meeting

16th February, 2021Tajikistan — UK Trade Mission Scoping Meeting

18th February, 2021Address Resilience & Security in International Projects (BEI Awards Showcase Series)

23rd February, 2021 Minister Stuart: Post Brexit Trade & Sustainability

17th March, 2021*British Council — Education Export Opportunities in South East Asia

External News & Events

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the Department for International Trade (DIT) are running a survey into Business Perceptions of Indonesia, aimed at understanding the motivations and challenges of doing business in the indonesia. Your responses will guide future UK government programming, including the provision of support to UK businesses overseas and efforts to improve the local business environment. Click here for more information, to access the survey & sign up for focus groups.

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.

24th February, 2021 [SAVE THE DATE] 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 experience 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.

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.

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