Events will give leaders chance to do business with Africa, Middle East and USA

Three virtual events will give Northern leaders the chance to make connections and explore opportunities around doing business in Africa, the Middle East and USA as the world adapts to a new way of working. 

Put on by BusinessLive in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT), the three events to be held over the next month will see Northern Powerhouse business leaders hear from representatives in export markets and discover the opportunities available to companies.

Delegates at the events, starting on November 17, will be part of an interactive panel session which will include information and advice on topics such as different routes to market and how to handle risk and security.

The importance of cultural differences including building relationships post Covid-19 will be widely covered, as will the impact of the pandemic and how this affects companies exporting into these markets.

Arshad Dadabhoy, international trade adviser at DIT North West, said: “Exporting not only enriches your business through exposure to new cultures, customs and languages but also introduces synergies in procurement, logistics, finance and distribution.”  

All three events will be hosted by BusinessLive’s editor, Alistair Houghton.

Below are full details on the first two events:

Doing Business in Africa

Tuesday, 17 November. 10.30am-12pm. Sign up here

Total exports from the UK to Africa accounted for 2.7% of total exports with all trading partners in the four quarters to the end of Q1 2020, according to the Office for National Statistics.

In the four quarters to the end of Q1, total goods exports from the UK to Africa increased by 3.8% compared to the previous year, while total services exports from the UK to Africa increased by 10.2% in the same period.

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Additionally, Africa hosts six of the world’s top ten growing countries.

This event will provide information on opportunities for UK exporters in a wide variety of sectors including infrastructure, power and energy in this expanding powerhouse.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Alastair Long, HM deputy trade commissioner for Africa 
  • Raksha Mahraj, DIT Africa Sector director for infrastructure and mining
Raksha Maharaj
  • Claude Pretorius, manager of Destination Marketing at KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) – a South African trade and inward investment promotion agency
  • Andy Eaton, head of sales at hydropower firm Gilbert Gilkes
Claude Pretorius

Doing Business in the Middle East 

Tuesday, 24 November. Sign up here.

This second event will focus on opportunities for UK exporters in the Middle East with a focus on UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia for a wide variety of sectors including oil and gas, healthcare, education, food and drink.

UK exports to the Gulf Cooperation Council were in excess of £31bn in 2019 with UAE and Saudi Arabia leading the way.

Abu Dhabi

With an economic growth of 0.8% and GDP per capita standing at $71,000, this is a region the DIT sees as having great potential.

Nick Cochrane-Dyet, chair of the Middle East Advisory Board of the Energy Industry Council, is a confirmed speaker.

An illustrious career, Mr Cochrane-Dyet is a founding member of the UAE-UK Business Council, and was awarded an MBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours.

He has been associated with the Emirates since childhood when his father served with the Trucial Oman Scouts in 1965, and recently published a book about his youth called ‘Early Days in the Emirates’.

He is the Special Advisor to the UAE BP Country Head, as well as being chairman of the British Business Group, Abu Dhabi, and serving on the advisory board of Sightsavers in the Middle East.

Nick Cochrane-Dyet

Doing Business in the USA

Thursday, 3 December

A view of Brooklyn Bridge in New York, with the Manhattan financial district in the background

More details on this event, which will be run in conjunction with the British-American Business Council, will be released in the coming weeks. 

Business Live – North West

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