Jeremy Browne and Lord Howell today attended the Japanese National Olympics Committee’s Olympic Reception. The Japanese Senior Vice Minister of Sports Mr Okumura was present as were a number of IOC members and members of National Olympics Committees from across the world. Minister Browne welcomed the fact that such a big Japanese delegation were taking part in the Games noting that the Japanese were tipped to perform well in a number of sports including swimming, wrestling, shooting and women’s football, with the women’s football team being the current world champions.
Foreign Secretary William Hague has met Deputy Prime Minister Teo of Singapore. Speaking after the meeting, the Foreign Secretary wished Singapore’s athletes the best of luck during the Games and expressed his delight that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would be visiting Singapore in September.
Foreign Office Minister Henry Bellingham has given a speech at the Nigerian Investment Forum in London. In his speech, the Minister underlined the strong business relationship between the UK and Nigeria and the importance of the forthcoming Petroleum Industry Bill for fostering investment confidence in Nigeria.