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The Saudi British Joint Business Council (SBJBC) was established in 1999 through an agreement between the then Committee for Middle East Trade and the Council of Saudi Chambers. It is a private sector led body, which aims to strengthen business relations between the UK and Saudi Arabia. The UK Co-Chair is Rt Hon Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean, and the Saudi Co-Chair is Sheikh Nasser Almutawa. The Council’s membership comprises senior British and Saudi business representatives.

The UK Secretariat of the Council (SBJBC UK) is co-located with British Expertise in London, and established as a company limited by guarantee. The Council of Saudi Chambers provides the Saudi Secretariat. The Council’s principal objects are:

  • to develop and enhance relations at all levels between the business communities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom

  • to promote, facilitate and develop private sector commerce and business activity between companies incorporated in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom in cooperation with the Co-Chairs and members of the Council

  • to communicate with the authorities in both the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom with the aim of improving business to business cooperation between the two countries

  • to assist through its good offices in settling commercial disputes between parties from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom

  • to facilitate training, technology transfer and knowledge exchange between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom

  • to promote business and partnership opportunities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, particularly for small and medium sized enterprises.

The Council has recently established a number of joint working groups in Education, Healthcare, PPP, SMEs and Offset and meets formally at least twice a year in addition to informal meetings. It works closely with both governments and other trade associations in pursuit of its objectives, and is a partner in UKTI’s Strengthening Overseas Business Networks Initiative.

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