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IQ recently joined an All Party Parliamentary visit to Singapore and Indonesia to promote British Trade.

The trip which was supported by Barclays and Prudential, involved eight educational companies, eight organisations involved in infrastructure development and six MP’s, along with senior representatives from Barclays and Prudential. The visit was led by Margot James MP and was designed to promote British Trade in the ASEAN region.

Singapore was the first port of call, where the educationalists on the mission visited Singapore Polytechnic, Council for Private Education, Institute of Technical Education, Singapore Institute of Technology and the Singaporean campus of INSEAD. Whilst there is much that the UK education sector can offer Singapore, the facilities and capability of many of the organisation visited were truly world class. ITE alone (specialising in what would be considered as level 2-4 awards in the UK) had its own aviation training centre with a Boeing 737, a business jet, military jet and helicopter. Singapore Polytechnic has a fabulous cyber warfare centre. This level of investment and capability was apparent throughout the visit and there was much for the delegation to learn.

Receptions were also held at the residence of the Ambassador at the historic Eden Hall and at a lunch hosted by the British Chamber of Commerce at the Raffles Hotel. In Indonesia, the delegation visited the World Trade Centre 11 in Jakarta and participated in a meet the buyer event and receptions hosted by the British Chamber and at the Ambassador's residence.

The visit allowed IQ to agree additional investment from an ASEAN investor, and meet with a key customer. We also furthered discussions for local quality and distribution arrangements for the region on which we hope to make further announcements moving into the summer.

Apr 22, 2013 10:36 AM
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