Dear Members and Friends,
Another wild week in Britain’s collective political meltdown which saw a Prime Minister’s promised resignation become background noise to nightly crisis votes and a continuous stalemate on the way forward. Now the news of 10,000 riot police readying for a no-deal Brexit suggests that we may only be at the beginning of this political Greek Tragedy. Looking beyond the horse-trading in Westminster, it has been another great week here at Strategy International with discussions on the UK’s long-term plan for infrastructure, the future of defence and an update on Indonesia.
On Tuesday, The D Group hosted Sir John Armitt CBE, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission at a dinner. The NIC works to set out a long-term vision for the UK's infrastructure planning and preparing the country for its infrastructure needs in the future. Discussion was aimed around six themes of telecoms, transport, water, waste, energy and Cities. Clearly, investing and delivering major projects throughout the country will send a strong message to the rest of the world and inspire confidence. We thank Sir John for his insight into the infrastructure world of 2030 and beyond.
On Wednesday evening we welcomed General Sir Chris Deverell to share his thoughts on the future of defence and the Joint Forces Command as he prepares to leave the Army in the summer. He reflected that we find ourselves in an age of competition, not conflict, with China increasingly prominent as both a partner and a threat to the UK’s international intentions. He drew attention to the UK’s increased presence in the Asia-Pacific, with three ships conducting manoeuvres in the South China Sea and the Army drilling with the Japanese Defence Force, as a demonstration of the type of power projection that may be increasingly important as the situation develops.
On Thursday, we had the pleasure to welcome Dr Scott Younger OBE. Scott is Strategy International’s International Advisor for Indonesia, supporting our members in the region. During the event, Scott briefed us on the political and economic environment in Indonesia, highlighting the country’s appetite for infrastructure. Among the priorities are smart transportation systems, renewable energy and the development of urban infrastructure. With Jakarta joining the 100 Resilient Cities project, there is an increased need for incorporating resilience systems which will address issues such as inefficient public transport, flooding and chronic food and water shortages.
Good luck to those with their sweepstake on the Grand National and a restful weekend to all as we digest the happenings of this week.
James Jones, Director of Account Management
Tuesday 9th April – The D Group Lunch
New horizons for UK manufacturing?
Dick Elsy CBE, CEO, High Value Manufacturing Catapult
Tuesday 23rd April 2019 – BEI
Simon Penney Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for the Middle East, Afghanistan & Pakistan
Tuesday 23rd April 2019 – The D Group Dinner
The Future of Transport
Richard Threlfall, Global Head of Infrastructure, KPMG International
British Expertise International Awards:
Wednesday 17th April 2019 – BEI Awards
British Expertise International Awards 2019
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