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UAE – The Gateway to East Africa


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Summary: On 17 May 2016, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP (BLP), together with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), hosted joint conference in the Jumeriah Emirates Towers in Dubai on the opportunities and challenges of doing business in East Africa.

The seminar highlighted the potential for growth in various sectors of the East African economy and how the UAE is ideally positioned, both geographically and economically, to help these developments with inbound and outbound investment.

Content: The event attracted over 100 attendees with 14 speakers from across Africa, Europe, America and the Middle East all of whom work or have operations in Africa. It was opened by Lisa Mayhew, the managing partner of BLP, and a subsequent overview was given by Eric Olanya, head of UKTI Uganda.

The talks focused on three sectors of the economy, with a panel discussion and Q&A dedicated to each of the following topics; Oil and Gas, Energy and Infrastructure, Hospitality, Real Estate and Tourism.

Read more on the takeaways from each of the sector talks.

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