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Dear Members and Friends,

There will be numerous opportunities to write weekly roundups but only one to reflect on the 75th anniversary of D Day. I write this early on Thursday morning as a lone piper signals the exact hour the amphibious landings began. Many of us will have personal connections with that day and the following weeks and their demonstration of outstanding heroism and sacrifice both on the beaches and the home front. So I’m sure you will forgive me for postponing reports on some great events this week at 23 Grafton St (delivered despite traffic and helicopter noise inconveniences caused by The Donald’s London visit) and, instead, commemorating -and dwelling on the lessons from- June 6 1945.

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Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing many of you here next week as we host 45+ UK Ambassadors from around the world. We are also excited to launch our annual summer exhibition on Tuesday evening.

Best wishes,

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Peter O'Kane - Executive Chairman, Strategy International


Event Highlights:

Thursday 13th June 2019
Meet the UK Ambassadors — AFRICA
Join BEI in association with Invest Africa for our annual “Meet the Ambassadors” Africa events. UK Heads of Mission will provide political and economic updates and share their insights on opportunities for British Business. Please double check venues as some meetings will be held as usual at 23 Grafton Street and others at:

• East Africa — 8.45am (Venue — 23 Grafton St)
• Francophone Africa — 11.30am (Venue — 23 Grafton St)
• Southern Africa — 9.30am (14 June, venue — PwC, More London)
• West Africa– 1.30pm (venue — IHS Markit, London)
• Central Africa– 8.30am (venue — Squire Patton Boggs, EC2M 4YH)

Thursday 13th June 2019 – Venue: 23 Grafton St
Meet the UK Ambassadors
Join us for the annual BEI “Meet the Ambassadors” events as UK Heads of Mission share their insights on opportunities for British companies and also provide political and economic updates on their countries and the region. With the UK looking to reinforce its place in the world more now than ever before, there is a wealth of opportunities for UK plc.

Balkans — 8.45am
Middle East & North Africa — 2.00pm
Asia — 11.30am
Latin America — 2.00pm
Central Asia & South Caucasus (CATBIG) — 4.30pm
Caribbean — 4.30pm

Tuesday 18th June 2019 – BEI
Major Sporting Events Infrastructure Opportunities 
Andrew Bacchus, Lead, The Sports Economy DIT
Damon Lavelle, Principal, Populous
Jon Coxeter-Smith, Founder and CEO, Sagacity MCS Limited

Wednesday 19th June 2019 – The D Group Lunch
Blockchain – Applications in Infrastructure and Supply Chain Management 
Haydn Jones, Founder and Managing Director, Blockchain Hub

Wednesday 26th June 2019 – The D Group Lunch
The Northern Powerhouse Rail in the context of the Strategic Transport Plan
Tim Wood, Northern Powerhouse Rail Director, Transport of the North