High-powered delegation in fact-finding Tees Valley visit

The ambassadorial delegation and dignitaries pose for the cameras at Wynyard Hall.
The ambassadorial delegation and dignitaries pose for the cameras at Wynyard Hall.

A high-powered delegation from Arab countries chose the Tees Valley as their first ever English region for a business fact-finding mission.

Senior diplomats from 10 Arab countries, plus senior officials from the Arab League and the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce, are pictured at Wynyard Hall during their visit where they learned about Tees Valley’s key industries.

It is very interesting to come to the region because there’s a lot of work that needs to be done and there’s a lot of potential that we, as Arab countries, can benefit from. But, also, this region can benefit from the partnership with the Arab countries

Dr Afnan Al-Shuaiby, Secretary General of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce

Stephen Catchpole, managing director of Tees Valley Unlimited, said: “The size, breadth and seniority of this high-powered delegation demonstrated the level of interest there was in forging trading links with Tees Valley and the wider region.”

Dr Afnan Al-Shuaiby, Secretary General of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce, said: “It is very interesting to come to the region because there’s a lot of work that needs to be done and there’s a lot of potential that we, as Arab countries, can benefit from. But, also, this region can benefit from the partnership with the Arab countries.”