KUWAIT: Lord Mayor of London Alan Yarrow will visit Kuwait next week for the ‘Britain in Kuwait 2015’ exhibition, the British envoy to Kuwait announced at a press conference yesterday. The Lord Mayor will be accompanied by British business leaders and delegations to look at the oil and gas sector and the newlyformed Kuwait-Britain Business Center. Ambassador Matthew Lodge noted that Yarrow’s delegations will hold separate meetings with business leaders and will visit the exhibition venue. “It will be very exciting for everyone, especially since the Lord Mayor of London will come and join us in this exhibition,” he said. The exhibition will be held at the Salwa Sabah Al-Ahmad Ballroom under the patronage and presence of Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah from Jan 15 to 17.
Economic relations Lodge also lauded Kuwait-British economic relations that continue to prosper and is committed and determined to strengthen bilateral relations. “The total value of trade between the UK and Kuwait stood at £4 billion. In 2012, British exports to Kuwait exceeded one billion pounds, while hundreds of British companies are represented in Kuwait either through franchises or through sponsors and partnerships. A number of these companies will be present at the exhibition,” he said. Lodge mentioned that the Kuwait Investment Authority is considered a partner of the United Kingdom, especially the City of London. “Whether you are driving a British automobile, or buying British goods in Kuwait - even in the oil and gas, pharmaceutical, healthcare and engineering sectors, luxury goods and retail, the Britain-Kuwait trading partnership will go from strength to strength. I am delighted to give my full support to this exhibition,” he noted.
Top companies The 9th trade exhibition will have over 70 stands with Zain and Al-Zayani as platinum sponsors. “A great selection of Britain’s top companies operating inside and outside Kuwait will come together under one roof to showcase the best of their products and services, with the aim of better servicing existing and potential clients. This is a significant event that we are proud to be part of, as it allows us to build further on the successful relationship we currently enjoy with Kuwait and its people,” the envoy said. The ‘Britain in Kuwait’ exhibition was established in 1997 to solidify the trade ties between the two nations and reinforce the long-standing relationship that joins them together and continues to grow stronger until this day. A majority of industries and sectors in Kuwait will be represented during the exhibition, including retail, education, healthcare, automobile, hospitality, aviation and many more. A number of exciting activities will take place at the event, with some companies promoting numerous first-to-market promotions.
Reinforcing commitment Ahmed Ismail Behbehani of event organizer Al-Jabriya Group said: “It is a privilege to play a significant role in creating a platform that brings together so many esteemed companies that have contributed greatly to the economy of Kuwait. This event is not only about the companies exhibiting their services, but rather reinforcing their commitment to developing different sectors across Kuwait”. A host of participants are scheduled for the event including NBK, British Petroleum, British Airways, Alghanim Travel, Costa Coffee, East India Tea Company, the British Council, OSN, G4 Security, Inchcape Shipping, HCA International, Burlington Stone, British Business Forum, the British School of Kuwait, Kuwait English School, Kuwait Banking Association and the Kuwait Investment Promotion Office.
By Ben Garcia
|This article was published on 11/01/2015|