Who says you can’t mix business and pleasure? Governments and company CEOs are planning to do just that – combining a bit of hurdles-watching with deal-fixing when the Olympics open in London in eight weeks’ time.
July and August are usually the dry season for newsworthy finance ministers and corporate managers, as the conference schedule clears and journalists and strategists have no excuse but to stay in the office and do some long-postponed paperwork.
But this year, government officials are hoping that the positive news of Olympic medal-winning and the draw of visitors to London for the Games will enable them to attract investment.
During the second half of the Olympics in August, the African & Caribbean Business Expo in London promises sightings of:
Public sector commissioners, ministers and heads of state from Africa, the Caribbean and the UK, who will use Expo to facilitate trade links and inward investment contracts.