A senior figure at London-based architects Benoy has said he is ‘optimistic’ about the role for UK firms in Burma after joining a key trade mission to the country
Benoy chairman Graham Cartledge CBE was part of a visiting party led by Lord Marland, the chairman of UK Trade & Investment’s Business Ambassadors Group.
It was the first British trade mission to Burma since international trade restrictions were lifted this spring.
The delegates met with Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi in the capital city Nay Pyi Taw.
Cartledge 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.’
Lord Marland added: ‘It is an exciting time for Burma as political and economic reforms are taken forward.
‘The British government wants to play an active role in helping to progress these reforms through strengthening our bilateral relationship across a wide range of fields.
‘We strongly believe that the right kind of responsible trade and investment has an important role to play in supporting broad-based economic growth benefiting all sections of society.’
Cartledge sits on both the UK-ASEAN Business Council advisory panel and the board of the UKTI’s Asia Task Force