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Connect your business with opportunities across Eastern Europe and Central Asia

23 Stephenson Street, Birmingham B2 4BJ
Wednesday 12 June 2024

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Are you looking to explore growth opportunities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia?


Extending from Ukraine to Mongolia, the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region is home to more than 370 million people. With growing economies, young and dynamic populations and increasing demand for high quality British products, there has never been a better time to do business in Eastern Europe and Central Asia*.

The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) is bringing together the Head of Exports for Eastern Europe & Central Asia and our own Export Champions with experience in the region to meet with businesses based in the Midlands.

Join like-minded businesses from your area and gain insights into the huge range of opportunities available. You will hear directly from exporters about their experience in the market and establish new business relationships.


Who is it for?

This event is targeted at companies based within the Midlands who are export ready with a High Export Potential (HEP).

HEP businesses are defined as:

  • Having a turnover of £500,000 or more per annum
  • Having a product or service suitable for export


Markets in focus

  • Turkiye:
    Turkiye is the world’s 18th largest economy in terms of GDP (2023) and the UK’s 16th largest trading market. Turkiye presents significant opportunities for UK businesses in advanced engineering and manufacturing (including rail, aerospace and maritime), automotive, clean growth, mining, and healthcare and life sciences.

    Azerbaijan serves as a logistics hub with the biggest airport, seaport, and railway network in the Caspian region. International businesses based in the country can use this position and Azerbaijan’s extensive Free Trade Agreements to re-export within the region and beyond. Key opportunities include renewable energy, ICT, healthcare, infrastructure, security (including demining and cybersecurity) and agriculture.

    Kazakhstan is the 9th largest country in the world (by land mass) and Central Asia’s largest economy. Kazakhstan possesses substantial fossil fuel reserves and other minerals and metals, such as uranium, copper, and zinc. It also has a large agricultural sector featuring livestock and grain. The government has made initial attempts to diversify its economy by targeting sectors like transport, healthcare, telecommunications, and food processing for greater development and investment.

    The UK has signed Memorandum of Understanding with the Ukrainian government to take forward future cooperation on reconstruction efforts and a new Digital Trade Agreement (DTA) that will help Ukraine rebuild its economy and support livelihoods following Russia’s illegal invasion. Digital and services, water and sanitation, energy, power, and transport are the focus sectors to facilitate reconstruction efforts.


    Uzbekistan is the most populous country in Central Asia and has a rapidly growing population. The Government has set a target of developing 12GW+ of renewable energy by 2030 and is looking to modernise the grid. There are great opportunities for UK engineering and procurement businesses and renewable energy solutions suppliers. Education and financial and professional services are the other sectors with opportunities.

    * Eastern Europe and Central Asia region covers Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkiye, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. See here for more information about the region.


Key sectors of interest

  • Advanced Manufacturing (inc. Aerospace, Rail, Maritime)
  • Future Mobility
  • Healthcare and Life Sciences
  • Clean Growth (inc. Renewable Energy, Energy Storage and Waste-to-Value)
  • Mining
  • Infrastructure and Construction
  • Agritech
  • Food and Drink


Why take part?

This is a great way for you to learn more about the market and discover new export opportunities.
The event also serves as a chance for businesses to network with one another, get the latest export news and advice, meet with our local support network, and to discover the many tools that can make your exporting business more self-sufficient.


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  Connect your business with opportunities across Eastern Europe and Central Asia  
  Date: 12 June 2024  
  Location: DBT Offices, 23 Stephenson Street, Birmingham B2 4BJ  

Contact DBT Midlands

  If you have any queries relating to international trade why not contact us. With staff in offices across the globe, we can help you find the answers.  
  email: dbtmidlands@businessandtrade.gov.uk  
  call: 0300 303 8955  
  visit: great.gov.uk  
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How to register

Please use the link below to register your interest in joining us today, free and without obligation.




Please note: This event is only open to HEP businesses based in the Midlands. This is a registration of interest, and your place is not guaranteed until you have received confirmation from us.

For any other export related enquiries contact the Department for Business and Trade in the Midlands at dbtmidlands@businessandtrade.gov.uk.

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Organised by:

The Department for International Trade

Department for Business and Trade (DBT) is the Government Department that helps UK based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high-quality investment to the UK’s dynamic economy, acknowledged as Europe’s best place in which to succeed in global business.