On 12th May 2014, Business Network hosted the first Commercial Counsellors and Entrepreneurs Annual Outreach Forum, with the aim to illustrate business opportunities in emerging markets and foster business links between different countries. Representatives from more than forty states and regional representations attended this event, which included a conference followed by a networking opportunity in the amazing surroundings of Canary Wharf.
The conference began with an introductory speech by Lord David Evans, who sits in the House of Lords and has previously been a member of the Lords Small and Medium Sized Enterprise Committee from 2012 to 2013. Lord Evans introduced the three main speakers of the conference:
Mr Jun Arima (Director General of the Japan External Trade Association – JETRO).
Mr Christian Lopez (Director of the Trade Commission of Chile in the United Kingdom).
Mr Sam Adelemi (Minister-Head of the Trade and Investment Section at the Nigerian High Commission in London).
Each member of the panel took the time to illustrate the different investment opportunities that their respective countries have to offer. Successively, the floor was open for a question and answering session with members of the audience. During this time, commercial representatives from other parts of the globe had their opportunity to ask additional questions about investment opportunities in Japan, Chile, and Nigeria. The most common questions referred to specific sectors where investment is actively encouraged by these countries’ governments, as well as enquiries about the legal requirements and process needed to establish a company.
Once the conference ended, the event continued in the adjoining room with a networking session between members of the audience and the discussion panel. Business Network are proud to report that the event was a resounding success, with a variety of different countries actively taking part to the event such as Russia, Finland, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Latvia and many more. Representatives from regional authorities such as the Brussels Capital federal region were also present among the audience on that day.