Kuwait Trade Mission

Kuwait Towers with Kuwait cityscape in the background Date: 28th to 31st October 2018
Sector: Multi-Sector
Mission Sponsor: Pathfinder Trade and Invest

Following the success of our September 2017 Trade Mission to Kuwait, we are delighted to return, with the support and assistance of the British Embassy, in October this year.  A menu option of assistance will be offered to delegates to ensure that they get the most out of their participation and get as much help as they need to meet their exporting goals. 

About the Mission:

  • This mission will be led by Michael Thomas, Chairman of Pathfinder Trade and Invest who, having started his Middle East Career in the mid-70's, has excellent connections to assist you in-market.
  • Pathfinder is supported by the Department of International Trade in Kuwait who will be instrumental in arranging a quality in-market programme, ensuring that you get the most value out of your participation.

Who is this Mission for?

  • This mission is multi-sector and open to all.
  • New and experienced exporters are encouraged to join.
  • Mission participants must be British exporters of goods and services. They may be a UK registered subsidiary of a foreign company, providing they are actively contributing to the British economy.

Benefits of the Mission

  • Groups Meetings relevant to the sectors represented by Mission delegates.
  • Political and Economic Mission Briefing.
  • Sufficient time to arrange your own appointments and follow up meetings.
  • Additional menu options are available such as extra one-to-ones, pre-researched contact lists, translators and in-market transportation which can be arranged on request at cost price.
  • A Mission brochure will be produced to promote your company, product and/or service in advance of and during the Mission.
  • You can take advantage of an optional negotiated travel package.

Key Dates:

  • Mission Application Deadline: 18th September 2018
  • Early Bird Discount Deadline: 31st August 2018

Market Information

The government is still strongly committed to Kuwait Vision 2035 which seeks to transform Kuwait into a financial, cultural and trade leader. To achieve its aim, the government plans to invest in infrastructure, housing, power and water, as well as the oil sector. The government plan to use PPP’s as a vehicle to drive this growth opening the door to foreign involvement.

Kuwait continues to rely heavily on oil and gas, which comprises of 60% of its GDP and more than 90% of its exports, according to Standard & Poor’s. This has resulted in a decrease in GDP by 2.3% due to a decline in oil prices but GDP is forecasted to grow by 2.5% as energy prices rise and production increases.

As the fourth richest country in the world per capita, Kuwaiti’s enjoy a high quality of life and have a young and well-educated population who are keen to consume the latest foreign products and technology. The improvements in infrastructure and the absence of taxes gives Kuwait an appeal that is unique in the Middle East.