Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister for Transport meets with BritCham members in Singapore

On the 17th February 2016, we welcomed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister for Transport to deliver a talk on the UK Transport Infrastructure Strategy to our Chamber members.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon was part of the delegation participating in the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit, as well as meetings with Singapore and regional counterparts, which were held in conjunction with the Singapore Airshow 2016.

 

During his visit to Singapore, he delivered a talk to BritCham members and guests in the form of a Breakfast Club on infrastructure in the UK. The UK is investing heavily in new transport connectivity, and recently announced the creation of an independent Infrastructure Commission, demonstrating the importance the UK places on transport infrastructure, including roads, airports, rail and high-speed rail.

 

 

Lord Ahmad spoke about the breakdown of the investment strategy:

  • Rail: The government is investing almost 38 billion pounds in the upgrading of the rail network. Examples include the HS2 and Crossrail project in London
  • Roads: Road building and updating programme with an aim to create a smoother, smarter and sustainable network.
  • Airports: Continuation of expansion plans in the South East. Increased investment in regional airports in Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Edinburgh are benefitting from the several billion pounds of investment over the next 10 years. Lord Ahmad shared that the UK wants to retain their competitive edge and recognises that having a competitive air hub is part and parcel of ensuring the UK remains competitive. The government is looking to enhance their capabilities of the regional connectivity of different airports. 

 

As the Transport Minister for Skills, Lord Ahmad shared about the launch of the transports skills strategy which outlines plans to create apprenticeships in the road and rail sector. Similar to Singapore, the UK is facing a challenge in the engineering and infrastructure skillset gap. The UK government is also looking to collaborate with Singapore for a transfer of knowledge and skills through educational institutions in the future.

 

Lord Ahmad also highlighted the strong partnership and emphasized that the UKTI and Chamber of Commerce are crucial to the success of the bilateral ties between the UK and Singapore.
 

The session ended with an engaging Q&A session with members. We thank Lord Ahmad for his time and insights. 

 
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