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Doing Business in the Commonwealth

26 July 2021 - 30 July 2021 

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To mark one year to go until the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham we are hosting a range of export events to support businesses to explore new and exciting markets across the Nations...

Join this series of virtual events focusing on the various HMTC regions across the Commonwealth. During these insightful webinars you can expect our expert speaker line-up to cover the following key topics:

  • Brief overview of the region 
  • Impact of COVID-19 and implications for exporters 
  • Key sectors and markets of opportunity, size, scale of opportunity 
  • Top tips to bear in mind in doing business in this market (e.g. business culture – negotiation styles, how to build a successful relationship, important cultural factors) Common trade barriers and solutions 
  • Support available through DIT and/or delivery partners

Webinar dates and times:

South Asia - Monday 26th July 09:30AM - 11:00AM

Covering; India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka


  • Welcome & Overview of the Week – Harjinder Kang DIT London
  • Welcome Video – Minister Stuart
  • Regional Overview of the South Asian Market – Deputy Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner South Asia Rhiannon Harries 
  • Overview of the Indian Market – Jevan Bhinder DIT India 
  • Update on FTA Negotiations between UK and India – Roger Golding DIT India 
  • Words of Encouragement – Rushanara Ali, MP & Trade Envoy for Bangladesh 
  • Opportunities in the Bangladesh Market – Derek Griffiths DIT Bangladesh 
  • Opportunities in Sri Lanka – Michael Fernandopulle  DIT Sri Lanka & Maldives
  • Q&A and Panel Discussion – All 

Commonwealth Caribbean Markets - Monday 26th July 15:00PM - 16:30PM

Covering; Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, The Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago


  • Opening Harjinder Kang,  DIT Commonwealth Games lead
  • Darren Henry MP Trade Envoy introduction, business culture notes, how the Caribbean diaspora has an advantage in the Caribbean markets 
  • Infrastructure and automotive- Sherwyn Naughton, DIT Country Director Guyana
  • Healthcare and Life Sciences- Vincent Ramlochan, Senior Trade and Investment Adviser, DIT Trinidad and Tobago
  • Education & AFB- Sherry-Ann Blackett,  Senior Trade and Investment Adviser, DIT Latin America and Caribbean
  • Our Trade Agreement – the EPA – useful insights for UK exporters with a focus on services trade - D’Jamila Ward; Trade Policy Manager, Caribbean, DIT Barbados
  • Close, how DIT can help- Claudia Rodriguez,  DIT Midlands Engine Overseas Champion, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Q&A 

Africa - Tuesday 27 July 09:00AM - 10:30AM

Covering; Botswana, Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia


  • Welcome remarks, Shehzad Chaudhary, Midlands Engine Deputy Director
  • Prerecorded message, Minister Stuart
  • Opening remarks, HMTC for Africa: Emma Wade-Smith
  • South Africa Spotlight, Qaqamba Silwana, Deputy Country Director for South Africa 
  • Ghana Spotlight, Peter Courtney, DIT Deputy Country Director
  • Nigeria Spotlight, Ola Sorunke, DIT Deputy Country Director 
  • Q&A   
  • Closing Remarks, Shehzad Chaudhary, Midlands Engine Deputy Director 

Pakistan - Tuesday 27 July 11:00AM - 12:00PM


  • Welcome and introduction Shehzad Chaudhary      
  • Prerecorded message, Minister Stuart        
  • Pakistan – market overview - Mike Nithavrianakis , Director of Trade & Deputy High Commissioner,  Karachi
  • Company case study - James Underwood, MD Micro-Mesh Engineering 
  • Q & A

Canada - Tuesday 27 July 15:00PM - 16:00PM


  • Welcome and introduction Shehzad Chaudhary  
  • Minister Stuart video address
  • Canada – market overview - Tracey Grindal- Senior Trade Adviser, DIT Calgary
  • Company case study - TBC
  • Q & A

Europe - Wednesday 28 July 14:00PM - 15:00PM

Covering; Cyprus, Malta


  • Welcome and introduction Shehzad Chaudhary  
  • Minister Stuart video address
  • Commonwealth Europe overview – Joao Sebastiao, DIT Director Europe South,  DIT Lisbon
  • Cyprus market overview - Elena Orphanidou Rhodes, Director Cyprus, DIT Nicosia
  • Company case study – Holland and Barrett (Video) +  Christos Papaellinas TBC
  • Q & A

Asia Pacific - Thursday 29 July 09:00AM - 10:30AM

Covering; Australia, Malaysia, Singapore


  • Welcome and introduction - Harjinder Kang
  • Minister Stuart video address
  • Asia Pacific Commonwealth overview - TBC
  • Australia market overview - Jo Freeman, Consul General for Queensland & Northern Territory; and Director of Trade for Australia 
  • Singapore market overview- Justinian Habner, Deputy Director, DIT Singapore
  • Malaysia market overview – Deborah Clarke -  Country Director, DIT Malaysia   
  • Q & A

To register for any of these sessions please click the register button below and select those you are interest in attending. Joining details will be sent out via email before the session.


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Monday, 26 July 2021
9:30 am - 11:00 amSouth Asia
3:00 pm - 4:30 pmCaribbean Markets
Tuesday, 27 July 2021
9:00 am - 10:30 amAfrica
11:00 am - 12:00 pmPakistan
2:30 pm - 4:00 pmCanada
Wednesday, 28 July 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pmEurope
Thursday, 29 July 2021
9:00 am - 10:30 amAsia Pacific
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