Theatre 17

Below is the Foreign Direct Investment Expo May 2017 timetable. November 2017 timetable will be updated closer to the event...

Wednesday 17th May

Thursday 18th May


11.00 - 11.30

George Savvides & Pambos Kartoudes

Cyprus: An ideal gateway

Present Cyprus as an ideal base from which British companies could trade internationally, especially in the light of important developments, such as Brexit, BEPS, etc.


11.45 - 12.15

Giovanni Giusti

Speaking in tongues to a worldwide market

When approaching foreign markets, don’t underestimate the importance of communicating in the local language. This talk will help you navigate the daunting waters of global communications effectively by discussing the best ways to manage your content with an international view and to interact with language services providers.


12.30 - 13.00

James Houston

Accessing Opportunities in Africa

James Houston of Hub Africa is also Chairman of the Nigerian – British Chamber of Commerce UK Network. He will be speaking on the promotion of trade and investment linkages between the UK and Africa. Six out of ten of the World’s fastest growing economies are African and in the next forty years half of the world’s population increase will come from Africa. The seminar will include an overview on sector opportunities including Agro Allied, Creative & Entertainment, Education & Training, Energy, Engineering, Healthcare, Infrastructure & Construction, Logistics, Professional Services, Mining and Technology. The session will address the perceived challenges of operating in Africa and balance these against the opportunities of engaging with fast growing consumer markets.


13.15 - 13.45

Glynis Whiting

How networks can help you go global

For many years, businesses have approached new markets through networking. What networks are there and how do they help? How technology is disrupting the model and reducing the investment needed.


14.00 - 14.30

Raj Hari

Business Setup In Dubai - UAE

Company Registration in Mainland, Free Zone & Offshore in Dubai - UAE


14.45 - 15.15

Reza Moloudi

Opportunities and Challenges of doing business in IRAN

Seminar would be about existing opportunity for trading in IRAN emerging market. Reza would explain how different type of challenge need to be approached to minimise business risk. In addition different methods of merging with IRAN market for new launched product would be discussed briefly.


15.30 - 16.00

David Slinger

Obtaining trade finance & getting paid – 10 simple steps

After all the hard work in getting the sale, have you considered how & when you will get paid for supplying the products? After all a sale is only a gift until you get paid. We will explore the different methods of how to trade internationally. The risk ladder & the pitfalls & what to look out for. How to get trade finance & the options available.


16.15 - 16.45

Chris Murphy

Your Brexit Survival Guide – Turning Uncertainty into Profitability

In uncertain times it’s not uncommon for business owners to rein in spending and put new projects on ice. But avoiding speculation altogether can be risky in itself. In this seminar we will explore a number of steps you can take to ensure that your business not only survives ‘Brexit’ but flourishes in these times of uncertainty.