The main purpose of Professor Hendry’s visit is to promote the benefits of Kazakh investment into the UK and UK investment into Kazakhstan assisting in the development of greater trade and investment between the two countries. The British Government sees Kazakhstan as one of about two dozen global Emerging Powers and the visit will help develop the bilateral relationship to the strategic level.
In Astana, Professor Hendry has a series of high-level meetings focussing on building bilateral trade relations, including the Head of Presidential Administration Karim Massimov; Mr Umirzak Shukeyev; Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov; Deputy Prime Minister Asset Issekeshev; Deputy Prime Minister Kairat Kelimbetov; Minister for Oil and Gas Sauat Mynbaev; Vice-minister, Ministry of Industry and New Technologies Nurlan Sauranbayev and Chairman, Agency for Civil Service Affairs Ualikhan Baimenov.
Professor Hendry will also attend MINEX, the 4th Mining and Mineral Exploration Forum and meets with both UK mining companies and UK investors.
On the announcement of his visit, Professor Hendry commented:
I look forward to returning to Kazakhstan and to have the opportunity to discuss our already very strong bilateral trade relationship. Through that dialogue we can build prosperity for both our countries and hopefully take our contact forward to an even deeper and broader level of engagement.
Charles Hendry’s Biography
Charles Hendry has been Member of Parliament for Wealden since 2001.
He served as Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change from 2010-2012.
His previous posts included Shadow Energy Minister (2005-2010), Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party (2003-2005) and Shadow Minister for Young People.
In 2012, the Prime Minister appointed him as Trade Envoy to Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. He has also been appointed as Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh, associated with both the Business School and the Academy of Government.
From 1992-97, Charles was Member of Parliament for High Peak, during which time he was Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party (1995-1997). Following the 1997 General Election, Charles was appointed Chief of Staff to the Rt Hon William Hague MP, when he was elected Leader of the Conservative Party.
Charles’ business career has mostly been spent working for international marketing companies. He was Founder/Chairman/Chief Executive of The Agenda Group (1999-2005), a specialist consultancy helping company Chairmen and Chief Executives with their corporate networking.
Charles was born and brought up in Sussex. He went to Rugby School before going on to study Business Studies at Edinburgh University from 1977-1981.