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Dear Members and friends, 

This week the second UK non-paper on Development was shared. There are three thematic areas where there is a strong case for continued close collaboration between the UK and the EU: peace and security, humanitarian aid, and tackling migration. With creativity and flexibility, the UK believes that it is possible to agree a workable solution that will result in better development programmes and better impact.
 
On Tuesday Campbell Keir, Director Energy & Infrastructure at Department of International Trade (DIT) shared the department's strategy for these sectors. Through a cross-government approach, DIT will continue to support and promote international trade and investment to underpin the government’s agenda for a Global Britain and its ambitions for prosperity, stability and security worldwide.
 
Later this week, Mike Shanley, CEO of Konektid, took members through various approaches to accessing and winning USAID financing. Though accessing the funding as a new supplier can prove a lengthy process (up to 18 months) success can easily lead to multi-year agreements and a consistent pipeline of work.
 
The annual House of Lords event on Wednesday saw members and guest network in spectacular settings and the weather did not disappoint. Hosted by The Rt. Hon Baroness Nicholson, the guest speaker was John Mahon, recently appointed Director General for Exports in the Department for International Trade. Thank you all for coming. 
 
The Future Group met for a workshop on Thursday with the topic ‘Understanding the City: Life or Death for CEOs’. The group was briefed by a financial analyst with a long career in global investment banking and a Senior Cass Business School professor and director of the M&A Research Centre (MARC). The panel offered the group insights into effective investor relations, different asset classes and factors of risk that need to be considered before closing deals.
 
We have a wide range of events on offer in the coming weeks, please see our upcoming event calendar.

Best Wishes,

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Derrick Sanyahumbi, Director, Government - Prosperity and International Development


Event highlights:

Thursday 21st June – D Group Lunch
Human Capital: How reform of HM Treasury can unlock Britain’s potential
The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Member of Parliament for Putney

Thursday 21st June – BEI Meeting
DFID work on Child Protection and Social Services
Andrew Long, DFID & Denise Stuckenbruck, Oxford Policy Management

Tuesday 3rd July – BEI Meeting
UK/EU Development Relationship Post-Brexit - Update
Malcom Geere, Deputy Head Europe Department, DFID