Birmingham welcomes major trade and diplomatic Arab delegation

By on 02/06/2011 in News

More than a dozen leading Arab dignitaries, representing a host of nations from across the Middle East, the Gulf States and North Africa, have come together in Birmingham to discuss Anglo-Arab regeneration and business opportunities.

 At a special reception hosted by Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council, Arab officials led by Mr El Nasr, Ambassador for the Arab Republic of Egypt, held talks on a wide range of economic and trade initiatives which could bring significant benefits to Birmingham and the wider UK.

 Cllr Whitby said: “Our relationship with the Arab world has grown significantly ever since I led the city's first exploratory trade delegation to Kuwait and Abu Dhabi in 2009.

 “In a short time this relationship has led directly to a wide range of positive outcomes for the city, including a £200m Kuwaiti investment in the Beorma Quarter, establishment of a ground breaking MOU with the Emirate of Abu Dhabi which will see us establish various commercial, educational and civic links, such as our advisory role with the Department of Municipal Affairs and our talks with the Emirates Sovereign Wealth Fund, ADIA.

 “But we want our links to spread further than just Abu Dhabi and we are now looking at testing the appetite amongst our businesses for a MENA bound delegation later this year.

 “With the strength of its economy, three world class universities, over 78,000 students in higher education and growing status as the UK's emerging centre for legal, financial and back office professions, there is little doubt Birmingham is a site of great potential.”

 Joining Cllr Whitby at the lunch event sponsored by international law firm Wragge & Co were;

  •  H.E. Mr. Abdulrahman Almutaiwee, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the UK
  • H.E. Mr. Amar Abba, Algerian Ambassador to the UK
  • Dr Afnan Al-Shuaiby, CEO, Arab-British Chamber of Commerce
  • And representatives from Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Sudan, Morocco and Syria.

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