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BBF Members Meeting held at the British Embassy: September 2010

posted 20 Sept 2010, 12:27 by Unknown user   [ updated 20 Sept 2010, 22:57 ]

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 17: British Business Forum Kuwait held its September members’meeting under Chairman Paul McKay. Paul, in his opening remarks said, the Forum was fully behind promoting UK Best Business across all multi-sector projects to include increasing engagement with other business groups and associations. 
He also introduced the new conveners of business sector groups attending the meeting:
Hanna Jerczynska, Aviation, Travel and Hospitality; Brian Dawes, Oil and Gas and Sean Chapple, Defence and Security.

He added the business sector group activities have a very practical and substantial part to play in supporting British businesses hoping to build their presence in Kuwait.
Paul said the other British Business Forum sector groups: Finance and Banking, Construction, Health and Medicine, Environment, Education and Training, Fashion and Design were also active.

The chairman has asked for like-minded professional people to share their experiences of doing business in Kuwait by connecting with the Forum and its business sector groups; to provide support to British companies wishing to trade in or with Kuwait, to extend a helping hand to business people when visiting Kuwait and to offer time and advice. 

Offer: Out of the meeting came an offer to start another business sector group — Arts. He said the Forum wants to connect with many people that are seen to be worth listening to by others; people not necessarily UK nationals that have a real influence and are willing to work with the Forum in promoting the benefits of UK as a great place to do business with. He said was delighted to introduce His Excellency the British Ambassador, Frank Baker OBE, as the guest of honor and key note speaker. Talking to a capacity audience ,Ambassador Baker outlined the importance of the strong relationship between the British Embassy, UK Trade & Investment and the British Business Forum.

He said the international trade and exports are a fundamental part of the UK economy and will play a major role in the development of
the economy in the future. The Ambassador stressed the important commercial ties between the UK and the Middle East and in
particular the special relationship with Kuwait. The strong relationship will be celebrated in the coming year when Kuwait marks 50 years
of Independence and 20 years since liberation from Iraq. In both cases the UK played critical roles.

The members and business guests attending were delighted to hear facts highlighting world class capability from British companies and
how some of best British practice is now being delivered in Kuwait on such projects as the new International Airport terminal, the new
Ministry of Justice building and other key aspects of Kuwait infrastructure. The Ambassador added he was looking forward to working with the British Business Forum supporting visiting UK Ministers to Kuwait, business delegations and the many business sector groups. He said, all should be proud of the UK’s links with Kuwait and the admiration and respect both shared for each other.

Paul McKay thanked the Ambassador on behalf of the British business community and reminded all members of the British Business
Forum’s Introduction to Kuwait Exhibition on Oct 12, at the Al Dorra Ballroom, Hilton Hotel from 6 pm to 10 pm.
The Exhibition offers visitors a wide range of business and social information all under one roof. With over 70 stands, lots of information
will be available and visitors will be able to speak to the organization or company representatives. He encouraged the community to
come along and enjoy the evening. For information call Rose the BBF Admin Manager on 66841114.