The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD) was established in 1991 to promote the transition to market economies in former eastern bloc countries from Central Europe, through Russia to Central Asia. The area of operations was first extended to include Turkey, more recently the Middle East and North Africa (Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan), and now Greece and Cyprus. In 2015 EBRD delivered a record investment in the region of €9.4 billion.

In 2014 UK companies were major recipients ofEBRD contract awards, winning 26% (€14.8 million) of directly selected contracts, and 19.1% (€20.78 million) of short-listed/evaluated contracts. Consultants are used both for project preparation and project implementation, and EBRD is now the first development bank to offer e-procurement on all its contracts.

We will have the following presentations:

Harold Freeman, UK Director (a senior HM Treasury official). Harold will open the meeting by briefing us on the key strategic issues discussed at the Annual Meeting, which was held in London on 11-12 May.

Dilek Macit, Director of Consultancy & Corporate Procurement, will brief us on consultancy procurement procedures and policies.

A senior member of the Municipal & Environmental Infrastructure team, will talk about priorities for this key sector

Aida Sitdikova, Director & Head of Energy - Russia, Caucasus & Central Asia, and Evgeny Ofikhter, Associate Director & Adviser to the MD, Turkey & Central Asia will give us a regional presentation on Central Asia

We are delighted that the meeting will be held at EBRD's HQ in Exchange Square, near Liverpool St station.