Benoy Chairman Graham Cartledge CBE joined a trade mission of British businesses to Burma this month – the first UK group to visit the country since international trade and investment restrictions were suspended in April.
The delegation was led by Lord Marland, Chairman of UK Trade & Investment’s Business Ambassadors’ Group, and was accompanied by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) Chief Executive Nick Baird.
Graham, who is an Advisor to the UK-ASEAN Business Council (UKABC) and a Board Member of UKTI’s Asia Task Force, was selected to represent the creative industries.
Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese opposition politician, met the delegation in the capital city Nay Pyi Taw, where she emphasised the importance of encouraging responsible trade and investment in the country.
On his return, Graham said, ‘The international business community has an important responsibility to invest ethically in Burma’s developing economy. I was honoured to be part of such a historic visit, and remain optimistic about opportunities for British firms to support the future prosperity of this vibrant country.’