first_img The addition of Simon to the team is a statement of intent for our Middle East trade ambitions, and another example of the department attracting the very best people from across both private and public life. The knowledge, contacts and business nous he brings will be a boost to all firms looking to do business in the region. As the UK develops its first independent trade policy in more than 40 years, the opportunity for British firms to trade with markets like the Middle East has never been greater. Having spent a significant part of my career working in the Middle East, I understand the great opportunities the markets present to British business. There is vast appetite for British goods and services in the region and huge numbers of Middle Eastern investors looking to invest in the UK. The UK’s trade relationship with the region is already strong, but its true potential has not yet been tapped. I look forward to getting back on the ground and making the case for UK PLC. I am delighted to welcome Simon to the Department’s top team in what is another significant appointment transforming our trade and investment business overseas. Simon has deep links with industry in the region and a proven track record in leadership, and is well-placed to lead a strong and informed service to UK businesses in-market, as well as to Middle Eastern investors looking to invest in the UK. DIT Permanent Secretary Antonia Romeo said: Africa Asia-Pacific China Eastern Europe and Central Asia Network Europe Latin America Middle East North America South Asia International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP appoints banker Simon Penney as new HM Trade Commissioner for the Middle East he will oversee trade promotion and investment in the Middle East – raising the profile of the region in the UK and building stronger and deeper trading relationships the announcement came as Dr Fox visited Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to promote £30 billion of investment opportunities and champion British businesses in the Gulfcenter_img On joining the Department, the new HM Trade Commissioner for the Middle East, Simon Penney, said: The appointment makes Simon the sixth HM Trade Commissioner to be announced by the Department and follows the appointment of Trade Commissioners for North America, China, Eastern Europe and Central Asia Network, Latin America and South Asia.Simon will start in the role this summer.About HMTCsAll of the new Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioners (HMTCs) will cooperate closely with HM Ambassadors and High Commissioners, the wider diplomatic network, and other HM Government colleagues based in countries in their region, in a joined-up and coordinated Government effort overseas to promote UK trade and prosperity.In total, there will be 9 geographical areas that the HM Trade Commissioners will cover: International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP has appointed Simon Penney as Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for the Middle East.The announcement was confirmed by Dr Fox on a visit to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where he met government and industry representatives to boost trade and promote more than 68 UK projects worth £30 billion to investors.Simon joins the Department for International Trade (DIT) following a career spent working in the Middle East and Africa, most recently as Head of Wholesale and International Banking at First Gulf Bank. Prior to that he was Middle East & Africa Chief Executive Officer at RBS.International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP said: Simon PenneySimon Penney will be named as the new HM Trade Commissioner for the Middle East. Simon has spent much of his career working overseas, particularly in the Middle East and will bring with him a wealth of knowledge of operating within the region.He was mostly recently Head of Wholesale and International Banking at the First Gulf Bank and was the Chief Executive Office, Middle East & Africa for the Royal Bank of Scotland prior to that. Simon will be joining the team at the beginning of July.The appointment is conditional pending satisfactory security checks being completed.For further informationContact the DIT Media and Digital Team on 020 7215 2000Follow us: @tradegovuk, read more

first_imgWith the NCAA Tournament selection show just hours away, Syracuse (19-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) waits for its postseason destination still to be determined. The Orange was eliminated from the ACC tournament on Wednesday and is listed on the bubble in most bracketology projections. The selection show is at 5:30 p.m. on CBS.Beat writers Sam Blum, Jesse Dougherty and Matt Schneidman predict whether SU will make the field, sneak in for a play-in game in Dayton, Ohio or miss the Tournament altogether.Sam Blum11 seed in DaytonDayton DancingSyracuse will get into the NCAA Tournament this evening and it certainly deserves the nod. The other teams on the bubble don’t have the pedigree of wins, except maybe Oregon State. St. Mary’s chose not to schedule hard to its own detriment. Monmouth scheduled hard but its wins have lost value. Valparaiso has one good home win. Syracuse owns the head to head over St. Bonaventure. There’s definitely a spot for a Syracuse team that passes every eye test of a Tournament caliber program.Jesse Dougherty11 seed in DaytonNew lifeAdvertisementThis is placeholder textThere are so many variables at play here, and even the people who are paid to predict the NCAA Tournament bracket are almost evenly split on whether or not Syracuse will make the tournament. But when it comes down to it, Trevor Cooney laid it out pretty plainly after the Orange’s loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday: SU hasn’t been blown out this year, and has been in every game it’s played in. When you consider that Syracuse played a fairly difficult nonconference schedule, lost its head coach for nine games in the middle of the season and then went head first into ACC play, I’d say just that factor alone makes it worthy of the chance to play into the Tournament in Dayton this week.Matt Schneidman11 seed in DaytonGimme an O(hio)The Orange deserves to just sneak in and it will. Yes, it has a god-awful loss to St. John’s but its five wins against RPI top 50 teams put it in a better spot than some of the other teams sharing that ever-growing bubble. South Carolina, Vanderbilt and San Diego State took terrible losses in their conference tournaments that could’ve solidified bids, but instead it opened the door for an SU team that I believe will draw either Monmouth, Michigan or Temple in the First Four in Dayton, Ohio. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse basketball roundtable: Late-season slide, expectations and whether SU could make an NCAA Tournament runBracketologist Patrick Stevens on Syracuse’s Tournament chances: ‘I’m going to lean out at this point’Jim Boeheim on Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament chances: ‘It’s up to them’Syracuse loses 72-71 heartbreaker to Pittsburgh in ACC tournamentcenter_img Published on March 13, 2016 at 1:43 pmlast_img read more