Nigel Peters OBE

British Expertise International

Nigel Peters OBE is Director of British Expertise International, a membership organisation promoting British consultancy and professional services companies worldwide, with a focus on emerging markets. Nigel has over 25 years’ experience of helping UK companies win work in Central Asia.

He was seconded from the construction company Taylor Woodrow to the UK Government as Export Promoter for Central Asia from 1993-5, and on leaving helped establish the Uzbek-British Trade & Industry Council (UBTIC) and the Central Asia and Trans-Caucasus Business Information Group (CATBIG). He is a board member of the British Uzbek Society and was awarded an OBE in June 2017 for “Services to UK Export Promotion in Eastern Europe and Central Asia”.

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Uzbekistan – the Rising Power of Central Asia

Uzbekistan has excellent natural resources, together with a well-educated work-force, but in the 25 years since independence has been held back by restrictive trade and investment policies. A new, reform minded President was elected last year, and we are now seeing a much better business environment. The currency is convertible and businesses are waking up to the fact that Uzbekistan could well be the new power house in Central Asia. Priority sectors identified for trade and investment include: Mining; Oil & Gas; Education; Textiles; Energy; Transport; Tourism and Agribusiness. The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development are evaluating a number of possible investments, and the Asian Development Bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the World Bank are also providing finance for a number of projects. UK Export Finance have credit lines and related insurance products available for UK businesses looking at the market.