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Join BCC AD to hear from British Embassy leads in Jordan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon on business opportunities, projects, considerations and challenges for doing business in these markets for UK and UAE companies.

Whether you are already looking to expand your business beyond the UAE and considering the following countries: Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Jordan or Lebanon, or you may not feel you know enough about the local market opportunities at this stage - working closely with senior British Embassy representatives, this event will bring you closer to the why, who and how of engaging and "doing business" in these countries.

This is a unique opportunity to meet senior DIT market leads visiting Abu Dhabi for a designated Business Breakfast designed to inform and support UK and UAE companies to do business beyond the GCC.

Speakers representing participating markets:

  • Opening remarks: Simon Penney, Her Majesty's Trade Commissioner for the MEAP region.
  • Pakistan: Mike Nithavrianakis, Deputy High Commissioner Karachi, Trade Director Pakistan & Deputy Trade Commissioner for non-GCC in MEAP
  • Jordan: Suha Batarseh MBE, Head of Trade and Investment, British Embassy Amman
  • Iraq: James Gallagher, Director for International Trade, Iraq
  • Iran: Michael Bradley, Director for International Trade, Iran
  • Lebanon: Paul Khawaja, Head of Trade & Investment, Beirut

Following the presentations and panel discussion, there will be time allocated for companies to meet with the senior DIT regional leads to continue discussions in more detail. If you would like to confirm a 'one-to-one' meeting with any of the above speakers please advise Eunice at events@bccad.ae to coordinate.

Key trade stats about the participating regions:

  • Iran is the 2nd largest economy in the Middle East (GDP ~$500bn) after Saudi Arabia.
  • Lebanon imports a staggering 80% of its products and most of the country's oil, meat, grain and other supplies come from abroad.
  • Pakistan is South Asia's second largest economy with a population set to rise to 353 million by 2050, growing consumer demand, and an affinity for UK expertise, products and brands; there are good opportunities to increase bilateral trade.
  • There is a great need for infrastructure development in Iraq, from planning and engineering to construction. In 2018, the Ministry of Planning set the value on this need at US$88bn.
  • Total trade in goods and services (exports plus imports) between the UK and Jordan was £642 million in the four quarters to the end of Q3 2021, an increase of 8.1% or £48 million from the four quarters to the end of Q3 2020.

To learn more about these territories and the opportunities for investment, large scale projects and bilateral trade, register now to join us at this event, and book a one-to-one with your specific region of interest.

BCC AD Members: AED150

Guests: AED240

*Event fee includes continental breakfast

Important Reminder:

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BCC AD Business Breakfast Non-GCC Regional DIT Leads Presentation


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