Tuesday, 14th February 2017
The Pathfinder Trade Mission Pogramme for International Business People is taking shape and will be focused this year on the countries mentioned. We have also teamed up with TVET UK run by Matthew Anderson who will be leading our joint education and vocational training trade missions starting with Qatar this year. Other sector specific trade missions are being planned for financial services particularly to the UAE and Qatar; these will be led by Jeremy Fern who worked in broking, asset management and later in the City of London Corporation – and who is very highly regarded in the industry.
Alastair Watson, formerly Private Secretary to HRH The Duke of York, when the Duke was the Government’s UK Special Representative for International Trade and Investment for 9 years, will be leading our trade missions to Jordan and Bahrain. Alistair is highly regarded in Arab circles. Jordan is a stable country which also acts as a useful trade hub for Iraq.
Senior multi-sector trade delegations to Kuwait, the UAE, Qatar and Oman will be led by Michael Thomas. These are countries that he knows well and offer tremendous immediate opportunities for UK businesses to develop their interest in most sectors.