Bridging the Development Divide


Boardroom Issues and Photo Reports

  • Visit of the President of Namibia
    Photo Report
  • Visit of the Hon Donald Tsang
    Photo Report
  • FIRST Eurozone breakfast forum
    Photo Report
  • Graham Bishop
    Independent Analyst, European Financial Affairs
    Transformation of Europe into a political union
  • David Wright
    Visiting fellow, St Antony’s College, Oxford
    Can Europe find strength and growth?
  • Eric Chaney
    Chief economist, AXA Group and Head of AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) Investment Strategy
    Crisis, reform and market linkage
  • Dr Robert Tombs
    Professor of European History, St John’s College, Cambridge
    Politics in the guise of economics
  • Marie Diron
    Head of European Macroeconomics at Oxford Economics
    Transparency is critical for reform
  • Thomas Mayer
    Chief Economist, Deutsche Bank Group
    Will the euro break up?


  • Introduction
    Realising the potential of the Russian economy
  • Rt Hon Lord Hurd of Westwell CH CBE PC
    Chairman of the FIRST Advisory Council
  • Rt Hon William Hague MP
    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
  • Sergey Lavrov
    Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
  • Alexander Konovalov
    Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation
    Cooperation in the legal field
  • Dame Anne Pringle DCMG
    Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Russian Federation
    UK and Russia: Open for business
  • Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint
    Minister of State for Trade and Investment
    Russia and the UK: trading up
  • Alderman Michael Bear
    Lord Mayor of the City of London
    Prosper thy neighbour
  • Sergey Katyrin
    President, Chamber of Commerce of the Russian Federation (RFCCI)
    Modernising Russia
  • Nick Lyne
    Senior Staff Writer, FIRST
    Business to the fore
  • Stephen Dalziel
    Executive Director, Russo-British Chamber of Commerce (RBCC)
    A welcome step forward
  • Mikhail Shvydkoy
    Special Envoy of the President of the Russian Federation for International Cultural Cooperation
    The value of cultural exchange
  • Despite being dogged by unflattering stereotypes, Russia is doing its best to re-establish its international image in the eyes of British and European tourists
    Russia: open to all
  • Dr Alexey Gomyko
    Deputy Director, Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences and Head, Centre for British Studies
    From Britain with caution
  • Dr James Henderson
    Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Oxford Institute of Energy Studies
    From brownfield to greenfield
  • Alexander Medvedev
    Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee, Gazprom and Director General, Gazprom Export
    Meeting Europe's energy needs
  • Richard Sakwa
    Professor of Russian and European Politics, University of Kent and Associate Fellow, Chatham House
    Russia on the edge of change
  • Simon Povarenkin
    Controlling Shareholder and Member of the Board, GeoProMining
    Economic cooperation


  • Rt Hon Lord Hurd of Westwell CH CBE PC
    Chairman of the FIRST Advisory Council
  • Alistair Burt
    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom
    A valued friend and ally
  • HE Khaled Al-Duwaisan GCVO
    Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to the United Kingdom
    Economic and strategic vision
  • Alderman Michael Bear
    Lord Mayor of the City of London
    Successful economic cooperation
  • The modern Kuwait emerges
  • Strong and enduring bilateral ties
  • Expanding role for private sector
  • Energy: Significant development
  • Sheikh Mubarak al-Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah
    Chairman, Qurain Petrochemicals Industries Company (QPIC)
    Investing in petrochemicals
  • Jørn Hinge
    President and CEO, United Arab Shipping Company (UASC)
    An integrated global operation
  • Edward Scott
    Senior Vice President – Development, Excelerate Energy LP
    Partnering with Kuwait
  • Simon Vaughan Johnson
    Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Kuwait
    Confidence in Kuwait
  • Diraar Y Alghanim
    Chairman and Managing Director of Kuwait Financial Centre “Markaz”
    Investment issues in Kuwait

Hong Kong

  • Rt Hon Lord Hurd of Westwell CH CBE PC
    Chairman of the FIRST Advisory Council
  • Donald Tsang
    Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
    Doing the right thing
  • Alderman Michael Bear
    Lord Mayor of the City of London
    Connected to the world
  • Sir David Brewer CMG
    Chairman, China-Britain Business Council (CBBC)
    Leading the global recovery
  • Rt Hon Lord Howe of Aberavon CH QC
    President, Great Britain-China Centre
    Firm foundations for the future
  • Henry Tang
    Chief Secretary for Administration, Hong Kong SAR and Chairman, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
    Hong Kong joins the culture club
  • Gregory So
    Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Hong Kong SAR
    A tradition of trade
  • Carrie Lam and Edward Yau
    Secretary For Development and Secretary for Environment, repectively, Hong Kong SAR
    Building a greener Hong Kong
  • Professor K C Chan and Norman Chan
    Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury and Chief Executive, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, respectively
    Internationalising the renminbi
  • Attracted by the opportunities for growth and Hong Kong's famously laissez faire approach to doing business, growing numbers of British players in the creative industries have begun heading east
    China’s creative capital
  • Brigadier Christopher Hammerbeck CB CBE
    Executive Director, British Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong
    A question of trust
  • At current rates, Hong Kong will receive 40 million visitors by the end of 2011, including 27 million from the mainland
    Hong Kong welcomes the world
  • Sir C K Chow
    Chief Executive Officer, MTR Corporation
    The “backbone” of Hong Kong
  • Ang Keng Lam and Gary Wilcock
    Chairman of Kerry Logisitics Network Limited and Managing Director of Kerry Logistics (UK) ltd, respectively
    Right place, right time


  • Rt Hon Lord Hurd of Westwell CH CBE PC
    Chairman of the FIRST Advisory Council
  • HE Hifikepunya Pohamba
    President of the Republic of Namibia
    Political and economic stability
  • The Hon Dr Hage Geingob
    Minister of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Namibia
    Sustained future growth
  • The Hon Utoni Nujoma
    Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Namibia
    Economic diplomacy
  • The Hon Saara Kuugongelwa
    Minister of Finance of the Republic of Namibia
    Wealth creation, poverty reduction
  • The Hon Isak Katali
    Minister of Mines and Technology, Republic of Namibia
    Strategic development
  • Richard Brighouse
    Mining correspondent, FIRST
    It’s not only diamonds that sparkle
  • Ian Lewis
    Oil and Gas correspondent, FIRST
    Namibia’s moment of truth
  • James Hatuikulipi
    Managing Director, Investec Asset Management Namibia
    Standing out from the crowd
  • The Hon Bernard Esau
    Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Namibia
    Sustainable management
  • The Hon Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah
    Minister of Environment and Tourism, Republic of Namibia
    Tourism potential and opportunities