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  • ASEAN 2013

    With a combined GDP of US$2.1 trillion, a wealth of natural resources and an enterprising and increasingly well educated workforce, the ten member states that make up ASEAN possess the necessary assets to become a pillar of the global economic structure. In spite of the severe uncertainties elsewhere internationally, Southeast Asia continues to display robust business expansion and investment opportunities in many sectors. The Asian Development Bank forecasts economic growth of 5.2% for the Region in 2012, compared to 4.2% in 2011...


  • ASEAN 2014

    ASEAN’s economic performance continues to outpace the rest of the world with the Asian Development Bank predicting that GDP in ASEAN countries will grow 5.3% in 2013 and 5.6% in 2014. This impressive performance and the even greater prospects that will emerge following the introduction of a single market resulting from the introduction of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) at the end of 2015, are shaping the Region as a key investment opportunity...


  • ASEAN 2015

    2015 will be the most significant since the inception of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations when the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is due to come into being at the end of the year. The AEC will initiate a single market, comprised of the ten member nations, 48 years after the Association was first agreed by its founder members - Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand...


  • Emerging Europe 2013

    I am delighted to welcome you to this publication, which offers a comprehensive overview of the commercial potential across Central and Eastern Europe, and heralds an extensive and co-ordinated campaign of activity on business opportunities in ‘Emerging Europe’. Our bilateral trade with Central and Eastern Europe was worth over £41 billion in 2011, with UK exports reaching £16 billion. Our exports of goods and services to the region have more than doubled over the past 10 years, and the £2 billion increase last year – on a par with increases in UK exports to China, India and Russia – is an encouraging sign of the commercial potential that exists within a couple of hours’ flying time of the UK...


  • Saudi Arabia 2013

    Saudi Arabia is the United Kingdom’s largest trading partner in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). Our long standing good friendship is underpinned by a thriving historic trading relationship as well as our common interests in international stability and security. This new publication Discovering Business in Saudi Arabia highlights this trading relationship and the huge opportunities for British business in the Kingdom in all sectors: from oil, gas, construction and finance to education, health, and housing...


  • The New Iraq 2013

    I am delighted to introduce readers to the fourth edition of our publication and welcome all sponsors, partners and friends. It is a good time to reflect on four years of “The New Iraq” and to explain the history behind the publication's continuing development and success. In early 2009, the National Investment Commission of Iraq was launched and the highly experienced Dr. Sami Al-Araji was appointed Chairman. One of his first initiatives was to hold a major Iraq Investment Conference in London, in April 2009. It was at this conference that Dr. Al-Araji and members of his delegation met with representatives of UK Trade & Investment and myself, to discuss plans to provide material to an international audience, in order to publicise the many ideas and policies required and business opportunities available, in the huge redevelopment of Iraq’s post-conflict economy. Allurentis was commissioned to undertake the task and in October 2009, we published “The New Iraq”. This publication has since been updated annually...


  • The New Iraq 2014

    The last 12 months saw Iraq’s GDP grow 8.2% - one of the fastest developing economies in the world. It is a remarkable performance, defying the manifest challenges faced by the country. Economic progress continues to gather pace together with a widening focus on industrial development as well as oil. The latest National Development Plan (2013-2017) calls for spending totalling US$357 billion in projects concentrating on energy, building and services, agriculture, education, transport and communications. Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs, Dr. Hussein Shahristani is confident that “2014 will be a year of investment in Iraq”...