Category: UK News

5 Jun

Malta: Within the context of Malta’s Presidency of the European Union – The EU & FDI: Love Lost?

The EU & FDI: Love Lost? UKABC was a proud partner of this conference, organized by Malta Enterprise.

Conference was focused on a variety of issues such as the EU as an FDI location; policy issues affecting FDI flows, particularly those related to corporate taxation, climate change and the freedom of movement of capital; as well as how the EU is perceived as a destination for FDI by actors in third countries, particularly in China and the US. Leading stakeholders and representatives of international organisations addressed the conference and took part in panel discussions.


Session 1
The EU as an FDI Location

  • The FDI Premium of EU Membership
    – Prof. Nauro F. Campos, Brunel University
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  • The EU’s Competitiveness as a Location for FDI
    – Dr Eva Rytter Sunesen, Copenhagen Economics
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Session 2
Policy Issues Affecting FDI

  • FDI and Corporate Taxation in the EU
    – Prof. John Vella, Centre for Business Taxation, Oxford University
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  • Climate Change Policies & MNE Strategies
    – Prof. Hinrich Voss, Leeds University
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Session 3
Enabling Third Country Investment in the EU

  • China’s Corporate View on FDI in the EU
    – Dr Marcus Schütz, formerly of Volkswagen China
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  • EU Reformed Approach on International Investment Policy and Investment Treaties
    – Mr Carlo Pettinato, DG Trade, European Commission
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Keynote Address

  • Global FDI Trends and Key Emerging Issues for Investment Policy Making
    – Ms Christiane Stepanek-Allen, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
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5 Jun

UKABC Introduction : Smart Currencies – Working with us is the Smart choice !

Each and every business around the world is unique. It follows then, that adopting a generic approach to solve the challenges associated with foreign exchange is inadequate; it’s essential that the solutions put in place are tailored to your specific requirements.

That’s why Smart Currency Business have dedicated partnership teams who work with clients to understand their specific requirements, challenges and preferences. As one of Europe’s fastest growing companies, we realise it’s the only way to successfully tackle your business challenges.

Since 2004, we’ve provided business services for a wide range of sectors, including film, TV and media, and our bespoke services include a suite of currency risk management products and strategies. We work with you to understand your unique situation so we are able to prescribe the correct course of action.

We’re extremely proud to be working in conjunction with the UK Asian Business Council to help in their mission to facilitate improved trade relations between the UK, Asia and Africa.

So, if you share our vision of adopting tailored approaches to protect our clients’ margins and help them expand their products and services internationally, give Joe a call on 020 3468 5834 or email

5 Jun

UKABC Invitation to Event : Leading The Family Business in Challenging Times, 19th June, Monday, 1.30 pm, Victoria Street, London

Special invitation for UK ABC members

FAB – Families And Business and Wedlake Bell present the Second Edition of The London Seminar Series: Leading The Family Business in Challenging Times.

19th June, Monday, 1.30 pm onwards at 71 Queen Victoria Street, London.

Session 1 – What is a Family Business strategy and how can it be linked with the Corporate Business policies?
Session 2 – How to engage and incentivise non- family executives?
Session 3 – Managing and minimizing the impact of divorce on the Family and Family Business

The sessions will focus on delivering thoughts and ideas that are practical and can be used by family business owners to strengthen their own Family Business.

By Invitation Only seminar. Special invitation for UK ABC members. Please click to register

5 Jun

UKABC Promotes Sponsorship Opportunities at Pakistan Property Expo

UKABC is proud to be an Associate for the event which is being held at London Olympia on 8th-9th July 2017. Please click here for more information.

We were also an Associate at the event in Birmingham in April.  You can view the interview by clicking on this link.

My news report on 2nd day of #ImagePakistanShow , highlight of the day was the discussion on CPEC & it's impact on Pakistan's economy.#GeoNews

Posted by Saima Haroon on Sunday, 9 April 2017

6 May

UKABC Promotes Sponsorship Opportunities at Kampala 2017 – GREAT LAKES TRADE SUMMIT – 13-15 July 2017

UKABC Promotes Sponsorship Opportunities at Kampala 2017 – GREAT LAKES TRADE SUMMIT – 13-15 July 2017

At a time when globalisation is being contested
 by an organised anti-market movement, the Great Lakes Trade Summit will offer a platform for those dedicated to making a positive case for the alternative: a popular conservatism that works for the individual, not the corporates.

This conference is an initiative of the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE), who recognise that the European Union’s protectionist trade policies have often stunted the ability of third countries to add value. This needs to change. Following the Brexit vote, the time is ripe for reform, toward a Europe that advances global 
free trade with confidence.

Click here to Download Sponsorship Opportunity Brochure for Kampala 2017

27 Feb

UKABC Invitation – Join Business Delegation for South Pacific Indian Diaspora Conclave 20-21 April 2017, Auckland-New Zealand

UKABC, invites you to join our delegation of businesses that would like to connect and avail the opportunity of partnering with NZ businesses to take the technology, IP, and products across the world.

UKABC, In association with India Trade Alliance (ITA) invites you to join us for the South Pacific Indian Diaspora Conclave on 20/21 April 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand.

We are inviting businesses from across the UK, Europe and Pacific to join this historic event.
For UK, Brexit has provided NZ and UK an opportunity to move closer than before and with the recent visit of NZ PM to UK, the NZ UK FTA is also under way.

ITA and UKABC want to kick things off and showcase the importance of Expat Indians across the world to connect not only with India but also the adopted country of our residence.

Click Here to view Full Information – SPIDC proposal UKABC


9 Dec

Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas 2017 – 50% discount on registration and a great deal for stay at a 5-star hotel – UKABC Promotion with PIOCCI

UKABC is excited to be part of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2017. We would like to share with you an exclusive 50% Discount Deal on PBD 2017 Fees, which is available for all POICCI Members.14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention 7 to 9 January 2017 Bengaluru Karnataka

Are you planning to attend Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas 2017, India’s premier event for the diaspora?

The event will take place 7-9 January 2016 in Bengaluru. It will be attended by Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi on January 8 and President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee on January 9, 2016. A large number of other dignitaries are expected.

is holding a conclave on January 6 to discuss India’s Growing Economy and Rising Soft Power – Business Opportunity for Diaspora.

PIOCCI is offering 50 percent discount for participation in Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (PBD). PIOCCI members save US$125 on the PBD registration.

PIOCCI is also offering an exciting venue for your stay at a 5-Star hotel in the heart of Bengaluru for Rs 5,000 per night (Rs 5,500 for twin-sharing). And this includes Free Internet, Free Breakfast and health club.

Please check PIOCCI website for further details and for the registration to avail the deals.

Please register ASAP as the last date of registration is approaching fast.

Please feel free to forward this news to your friends who may be interested to connect with business leaders among the Indian diaspora and business leaders in India.

PIOCCI can also connect with the national and state governments in India at all levels. For any queries, please feel free to write to PIOCCI at 

25 Nov

UKABC Promotes Investment opportunities in Bunyoro-Kitara, Uganda, followed by appointment as Business and Economic Advisor

UKABC’s Chairman appointed as the Business and Economic Advisor to the Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara, Uganda by the order of King HRM King Solomon Gafabusa Iguru I, to support New Strategic Agenda, driven by increased focus by the Kingdom on the following key pillars of development:

UKABC’s Chairman appointed as the Business and Economic Advisor to the Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara, Uganda by the order of King HRM King Solomon Gafabusa Iguru I on 28th Oct 2016
  1. Education
  2. Infrastructure ( satellite city)
  3. Environment
  4. Culture revival
  5. Health
  6. Land Restoration
  7. Tourism
  8. Oil and Gas
  9. Finance
  10. Cooperatives
  11. Minerals

Click to access ” Brief Guide to Invest in Bunyoro-Kitara “

A Quick Introduction to The Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara

bunyoro-kitara-kingBunyoro-Kitara is an ancient Kingdom in the Great Lakes region of Africa, which until 1895 was a state that only ceded its sovereignty with resistance to colonial occupation by Great Britain.

Repressive colonial policies resulted in lost time for developing the area, despite vast resources. To date, the Kingdom has embarked on transformational activities, targeted at development of the people and area in Bunyoro Kitara with the Theme of “The New Bunyoro-Kitara”

King Solomon Gafabusa Iguru I is the raining Ruling King. The Kingdom is composed of 6 districts Hoima, Masindi, Kibaale, Kiryandongo, Buliisa, Kagadi and Kakumiro. Bunyoro Kitara Kindom cover the area of 7,173 mi²

Why INVEST Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom?

  • Social stability since 1986 with a strong cultural background.
  • Well endowed in Natural resources (Human and Minerals).
  • Consistently improving infrastructures.
  • Trainable and fast adaptable workforce
  • Welcoming population and No labour tensions.
  • A unique tropical climate with three agricultural seasons, well endowed with forest cover and water bodies.
  • We are in good working relationship with government in support to regulatory frame work incentive and political environment

To know more and access the list of currently open opportunities at Bunyoro-Kitara, please contact us 


25 Nov

UKABC Promotes Investment opportunities Malta, in association with Malta Enterprises

UKABC is excited to open Investment opportunities to our members and investors worldwide, in association with Malta Enterprises

Malta has been welcoming investors into the country since the early 1950s. This means that both private and public service providers are well aware of the requirements of an incoming operation. The process of setting up on the island is a straightforward and transparent one in which the investor is always kept updated as to what is required. 

Prospective investors often make use of a service provider from the private sector capable of seeing to all their legal and logistical requirements from company registration, access to banking facilities to the recruitment of staff. Furthermore, Malta Enterprise has a specialised unit known as Business First tasked with providing a single point of contact to prospective investors or ongoing operations for their interactions with various government departments according to their requirements.

Malta has a thriving service-based economy with a significant industrial component, dependent on foreign trade, manufacturing (including pharmaceuticals/medical devices, high-value plastics, electronics, research and development), tourism and financial services.

Over the past few years, the Maltese Islands have attracted a variety of enterprises engaged in diversified activities including pharmaceutical production, healthcare and medical devices, precision engineering, electronic engineering, mechanical/electrical assembly, high-value printing and security products, software development and ICT. Some of the foreign-owned enterprises that have established activities in Malta and have been operating successfully for many years include – Siegfried, Baxter, Cardinal Health, Metallform, De La Rue, Methode Electronics, Trelleborg, Playmobil and Toly Products.


The strength of the Maltese economy is based on its strategic location, being situated in the middle of the Mediterranean region, at the crossroads between Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The country has a fully developed open market economy and a multi-lingual population (88% of Maltese people speak English), a productive and efficient labour force, an attractive fiscal environment (net tax impact of 5%) and well-developed finance and ICT clusters (including software development, call centres and shared services)

Peter P Meli
Economic Attache’ Malta High Commission , Malta Enterprise (UK Office)

Malta is an island of stability with decades of experience and a welcoming innovative mindset. It is a forward-looking destination, with an open business-centric commercial community that stands tall as an EU member state, and a proven record of economic success.

For further information, please contact

19 Sep

UKABC invitation: 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention 7 to 9 January 2017, Bengaluru, Karnataka

UKABC Invites you to join 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention | 7 to 9 January 2017, Bengaluru, Karnataka

The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and the State of Karnataka, have the pleasure to invite Non-resident Indians (NRI) and Persons-of Indian Origin (PIO) to the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention from 7 to 9 January 2017 in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Flyer Youth PBD Flyer 2017 (1)

Flyer about Youth PBD and some highlights of PBD Convention. Click on image to view large size

Young non-resident Indians and Persons-of-Indian origin are invited to the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on 7 January 2017 in Bengaluru. Youth PBD is a special occasion and platform for young PIOs and NRIs to know more about contemporary India; network with other young Indian Diaspora; and resident young Indians. A flyer about Youth PBD and some highlights of PBD Convention is attached.

Please share both flyers with other NRIs and PIOs, especially the young Indian Diaspora. You can also post the flyers in the social media platforms of Indian Community Organisations, Associations and other platforms.

Registration for PBD 2017 is through an online process accessible at
Payment of registration fees is through an online payment gateway.

Details of the programme, registration fees and other aspects of the 14th PBD Convention are also in the same website

We look forward to your participation in the 14th PBD Convention !

Objectives of PBD 2017:

  • PBD 2017 will focus on the theme “Redefining the engagement with the Indian Diaspora”.
  • To strengthen Diaspora engagement and provide a platform for networking with the Diaspora.
  • To recognize the Diaspora’s contribution to India and know their expectations and concerns.
  • To deepen engagement with young Diasporas, to help them know more about their roots.

PBD gives a platform to the Indian Diaspora to know about the Government’s achievements in various sectors and policies and initiatives undertaken by Government. The delegates of the PBD will also have the opportunity to interact with the Indian Diaspora belonging to different countries and network with them and explore how they leverage their resources in a nation building activities in India.

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas to be result oriented, not selfie session unlike previous editions

– Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj,while announcing the upcoming Pravasi Bharatiya Divas event, said that this edition of PBD will be result oriented and will not be a conference where people simply click selfies, photos, eat and go away. *(NEWS LINK)

What happens in a PBD?
The PBD convention attracts overseas Indians from all over the world. Nearly 3000 delegates participated in the PBD in January 2015 in Gujarat. The PBD Convention features Plenary Sessions; an Exhibition; Cultural programmes and provides an opportunity to interact with other Overseas Indians, Policy makers, Political leadership and others. The highlight of the PBD convention is the inaugural address by the Prime Minister. Chief Ministers of several states also participate and address the delegates on opportunities available in their respective states. The last day of PBD features the valedictory address by the Hon’ble President of India, who will also confer the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards on Overseas Indian for their achievements and contribution both in India and abroad.

The Youth PBD is a new feature which has been introduced recently. It is a special day long programme which provides a platform to connect with Young Overseas Indians and discuss subjects of relevance to them. The Young PBD delegates will also have the opportunity to interact with other Young PIOs and Young Indians of their own age group. The highlight of the Youth PBD is the inaugural address by the Minister of External Affairs and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, followed by a plenary session, and a cultural programme and dinner.