The visiting UK companies, experts in the field of development and humanitarian aid-work, will meet with a wide range of development partners, government officials, and non-government organisations. The delegation will engage with the parties to understand the scope of projects taking place and identify what opportunities are available for the supply of services and resources.
British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Ms Alison Blake said:
I am delighted a UK delegation from aid-funded business is visiting Bangladesh. The UK is the leading bilateral grant donor in Bangladesh and this visit provides excellent opportunities for UK businesses to share knowledge with partners and identify how best they can supply resources and services to the benefit of both our countries.
Mission leader Peter Lindsay said:
Of the almost 20 UK organisations represented, some already have business with Bangladesh, others are taking their first steps to entering this fascinating market. We will be meeting international donors, NGOs, key members of the Bangladesh business community and, of course, government bodies - so vital to the successful implementation of these aid-funded projects. There is a strong desire, from both sides, to further strengthen relations between our two countries, and this is the primary purpose of our trade mission.
The mission comprises UK companies including British Expertise International/ Elmhurst Solutions, Adam Smith International, BBS Consultants, Ecorys UK, Green Grade Solutions, Griffon Hoverwork Limited, IMC Worldwide, Maxwell Stamp Limited, Oxford Policy Management, Pan Products Limited, Quay Asia Limited, Russell IPM Limited, Scottish Qualifications Authority, University of South Wales, Ernst & Young and Public Administration International.
UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) works with UK-based business of all sizes, providing advice, expertise and support to ensure their success within international markets.
The UK remains the largest bilateral donor or grant aid to Bangladesh (180£ million in FY2014/15) delivered through Government, Multilaterals, CSOs and the private sector. Moreover, the UK is an important trading partner. Some 100 UK firms have operations locally with the main centres of operation focused around Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet.