Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon visits Singapore and Burma to promote UK companies and transport expertise.
Transport Minister Lord Tariq Ahmad visited Singapore and Burma this month, to promote UK transport expertise and identify business opportunities for British companies in the transport and infrastructure sector.
Lord Ahmad said: “I was delighted to represent the UK in Singapore and Burma, showcasing the government’s massive investment in UK transport infrastructure while promoting our expertise to an international market.
“We want to make it clear to the world that the UK is open for business, with the skills and expertise that can be of real value to others like Singapore and Burma.”
Lord Ahmad represented the UK government in a panel discussion on the future of global air hubs, at the Singapore Aviation Leadership summit and Singapore Airshow, which is the largest in Asia, attracting ministers and delegates from over 76 countries.
Over the four day period, Lord Ahmad met Singapore’s Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Minister Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Senior Minister of State for Transport Mrs Josephine Tea, and held meetings with transport ministers representing 15 other countries at the airshow.
The visit provided the opportunity to showcase British consultancy, technical, financial and construction expertise in delivering such projects in the UK and Singapore, along with exchanging views and experience about transport infrastructure development projects. These engagements included a rail sector business roundtable with the Land Transport Authority, meetings with Changi Airport Ground and the Maritime and Port Authority and maritime businesses.
The Transport Minister also saw innovative driverless car trials taking place and met members of the British Chamber of Commerce.
He had a two day visit Rangoon, meeting the Mayor, U Hla Myint, and discussed the development of Rangoon. He also met the local and international business community, and development partners engaged in infrastructure development.
Lord Ahmed spoke at an event hosted by Rolls Royce Plc and UK Trade Investment (UKTI), which highlighted Rolls-Royce’s ability to deliver excellence to Burmese companies and at a seminar jointly hosted by UKTI, the Union of Myanmar FEDERATION OF Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) and BLP Law.
During the seminar, Lord Ahmad set out the UK’s expertise in the transport infrastructure sector and some of the steps the UK government has made in terms of prioritisation and long-term planning.
During the visit Lord Ahmad announced US$300 million UK Export Finance (UKEF) cover to help UK companies export to Burma.