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The Midlands Commonwealth Trade Conference

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Victoria Square


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Deal Making in target Commonwealth Countries

An interactive session with representatives of India, Malta and Jamaica

Wednesday 29th November- Birmingham City Centre

We are pleased to invite you to our half day Commonwealth Trade Conference on Wednesday 29th November to be held in the Banqueting Suite, Birmingham City Council, Victoria Square, Birmingham .

The Conference will be of particular interest to those in the Healthcare ( to include medical devices/training of nurses), Food, Creative/Digital entertainment and Electric Motor Vehicle sectors and who are interested in India and Jamaica as a target market, and to those in the Aviation Support sector (maintenance/management/registration of aircraft/call centres/IT) or ICT or Higher Education sectors in the case of Malta. It must also be noted that post Brexit, as well as being a Commonwealth Country, Malta will remain an EU nation thus a potential gateway to both the EU and Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth presents enormous opportunities particularly given our shared values, legal structures and cultural similarities and post Brexit, with 1 billion potential consumers out there, we in the Midlands need to take advantage of these opportunities.

We are pleased that Sir John Peace, Chairman of the Midlands Engine, Andy Street, Mayor, West Midlands Combined Authority and representatives of local government the East and West Midlands will be speaking.

Light refreshments and lunch are included in the ticket price

Further details can be found on our website: https://www.birminghamcommonwealthassociation.com and by going to the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-west-midlands-fostering-commonwealth-trade-new-business-development-tickets-38283625354?aff=es2



8.00 – 8.30 Registration and Business Mingle & Exhibitions

8.30 - 8.35 Welcome Address

Mr Keith Stokes-Smith, Chair BCA

8.35 – 8.50 Opening Conference: Valuing the diaspora for Commonwealth trade

Mr Andy Street, West Midlands Combined Authority Mayor

8.50 - 9.05 East and West Midlands Together, creating a Commonwealth brand

Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine

9.05 - 9.15 Birmingham Airport: A gateway to the Commonwealth: Uday Dholakia

9.15 - 9.25 Nottingham: A city perspective on Commonwealth opportunities: Leslie Ayoola, Councillor and Executive Assistant for Business and Employment, Nottingham City Council

9.25 – 9.40 Trade opportunities for a post Brexit Britain

Mr Paul Forrest, West Midlands Economic Forum

Setting the Scene – Commonwealth Trade and Business Opportunities – Jamaica; India and Malta: open and ready to trade

9.45 – 9.55 Jamaican High Commissioner

9.55 - 10.05 Dr Puri, Consul General of India

10.05 - 10.15 Mr Peter Meli, Economic Attaché, High Commission of Malta

As a member of the EU, all products Malta exports to the EU have tariff free access. Malta also benefits from the EU’s trade agreements with an extensive network of non- member countries and trading blocs. This will be a great asset to UK companies post Brexit. Peter Meli, will talk about export opportunities from the Midlands to Malta as well as the benefits of exporters establishing a presence in Malta so as to take advantage of tariff free access to the EU.

10.15 -10.25 Tea/Coffee Break and pitch from two MBA students

10.25 – 12.10 Deal Making in target countries

An interactive session with UK/target country companies/organisations having current opportunities to take advantage of.

Jamaica (Chair: Beverly Johnson, JAMPRO -Trade and Investment Jamaica)


Creative industries

India (Chair: Professor Louise Toner, Birmingham City University)

Creative industries

Electric Vehicles


Food and Beverage - we are looking for food businesses working in Birmingham and India that can provide smart solutions for sustainable food systems as part of a Smart Food Partnership to tackle under and over nutrition (obesity)

Malta (Chair: Mr Martin Levermore MBE, Medical Devices Technology Intl Ltd)

A gateway to both the EU and Commonwealth regions as part of enterprises future growth strategies. Key areas for discussion include:

Setting up a business in Malta to take advantage of this gateway

Aviation (maintenance of aircraft; IT/call centres/management of aircraft/registration of aircraft)


Higher Education

12.10 – 12.25 Tea/Coffee Break and pitch from two MBA students


12.25 – 12.55 Feedback from deal making sessions (including Q&A)

12.55 - 13.15 Sponsor/Strategic partner showcase

13.15 -13.20 Evaluation

13.20 – 13.25 Conference close – Keith Stokes-Smith

13.25 - 14.25 Lunch and networking opportunity

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