British Egyptian Business Association starts biggest door-knock mission to UK

The British Egyptian Business Association (BEBA) will send on Wednesday its annual door-knock mission to discuss bolstering bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

The door-knock mission – the biggest to be sent to the UK – aims to promote investment opportunities in several economic sectors in Egypt.

The mission – visiting the UK from November 27 to 29 – will encompass Egyptian Minister of Finance Mohamed Maait, Minister of International Cooperation and Investment Sahar Nasr, and Transport Minister Kamel al-Wazir. It will also include Yehia Zaki, chairman of the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone); former deputy prime minister Ziad Bahaa El-Din, as well as CEOs of major Egyptian companies.

The delegates will meet with key officials in the UK government and CEOs of British firms to showcase Egypt’s latest successful economic reforms along with the vivid business opportunities in Egypt.

About the three-day visit, BEBA’s executive director Nadia Lamloum said the mission delegates will have several meetings tackling areas of education, healthcare, transportation, and national projects in Egypt such as the Suez Canal Development Axis and New Administrative Capital.

Coventry University will host a BEBA conference later on Wednesday to promote opportunities for investment in Egypt’s education sector.

Professor John Latham CBE, Coventry University’s vice-chancellor, will open the conference, which will be attended by high-powered delegates from Egypt and the UK, including many from the higher education sector.

Coventry University has led the way for UK universities by launching a branch campus at The Knowledge Hub Universities in Egypt’s new administrative capital earlier in September.

The branch welcomed its first students on undergraduate courses across the newly formed schools of Engineering, Computing, and Design and Media.

“We have been swift to take up the opportunity to set up a branch in Egypt and believe that our success in doing so will encourage other UK universities and schools to follow suit.” John Latham CBE said.

The conference will see several keynote speakers, including Hossam Badrawi, chairman of the Badrawi Foundation for Education and Development, Ehab Salama, chief executive of El Sewedy Education, and Ahmed Shalaby, chief executive of Tatweer Misr.