Lord Mayor Alan Yarrow visits Azerbaijan
Lord Mayor brings business delegation to Azerbaijan to strengthen trade relationships
The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Alan Yarrow, will visit Azerbaijan this week to build bilateral ties and strengthen the City of London’s relationship with an important regional partner.
The Lord Mayor of London is a role which has existed for over 800 years. Today the Lord Mayor’s primary function is to act as an ambassador for the City of London and its financial services industry. He will bring with him a delegation of British business leaders keen to engage in the region and develop stronger economic ties.
During his time in the country, the Lord Mayor will meet with the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Economy and Industry, and the Governor of the Central Bank. He will also meet with industry representatives to discuss UK professional services and identify ways to co-finance key projects in the non-oil sector.
As part of his visit, the Lord Mayor will attend the Caspian Oil and Gas Show and deliver a statement from the Prime Minister as part of the opening ceremony. Azerbaijan’s oil industry plays an important role in its business relationship to Britain, so the Lord Mayor will also meet with the Executive Director of the State Oil Fund and the President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan to discuss this important area of trade.
I am delighted to visit Azerbaijan during my year as Lord Mayor. Azerbaijan is one of our important regional partners and there are many ways in which we can help each other to expand trade, drive growth and improve bilateral relations. I hope that my visit, and that of the business delegation, opens doors between the Azerbaijani and British business communities, leading to benefits long after the visit has concluded. There are many opportunities for British companies to work in Azerbaijan, providing advice and expertise in crucial infrastructure, privatisation and refurbishment programmes. I also hope that I am able to support the UK’s efforts in improving the wider business and regulatory climate in Azerbaijan by facilitating dialogue at national and provincial government levels. Our relationship with Azerbaijan is strong, and the potential is there to benefit us both.
Notes to editors
The companies represented in the business delegation will be: The Law Society of England and Wales, Ashurst LLP, White & Case LLP, Fireland Capital, Michelmores LLP, TheCityUK, DDGI Limited, Deloitte, Willis, and GPW.
The companies speaking at the LSEG business forum will be: White & Case LLP, SWIFT, LSEG, Barclays, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
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