Exports target Middle East

Underlining the UK’s technological strength in the classroom, the Middle East Association will be leading a British trade mission to Egypt from 14-18 March 2010. The trade mission will focus on the Education/Training and ICT sectors, two key sectors earmarked for development by the Egyptian government.

Egypt is the third biggest market for UK exports in the MENA region after the UAE and Saudi Arabia. UK Exports to Egypt were worth more than £450m in the period January-June 2009, an increase of 19% on the same period in 2008. While the Egyptian government is investing heavily in education, its ICT sector has been growing at 20% a year and offers burgeoning opportunities for hardware suppliers, software development and IT services, the Global Arab Network reported recently.

The mission will visit a conference being organised by the British Council in Egypt, 'Building Effective Employer Engagement' from 15-17 March, which will bring together key Egyptian and UK policy makers, business and training providers. Delegates will also be given a business briefing by British Embassy officials and will attend a series of meetings organised by local partners including the Industrial Training Council, the Information Technology Export Community (ITEC) and the British Egyptian Business Association (BEBA).

The Middle East Association (MEA) is an independent not-for-profit organisation, which promotes trade and good relations with the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Iran.