Mayor Joe flies the flag in Qatar

LIVERPOOL Mayor Joe Anderson has been banging the drum for next year’s International Festival for Business at a global event in Qatar.
Mayor Anderson told delegates at the World Chambers Congress in Doha, that Liverpool will be the centre of the business world in 2014 when the city hosts the 61-day IFB 2014 on behalf of the UK.

He gave a headline speech at the ‘World Class Cities’ session at the 8th annual WCC, alongside political and business leaders from the US , Indonesia, Chile; and Ethiopia.

He said: “In Liverpool we are looking to the future differently. Building enterprise, driving innovation and encouraging ambition are the most effective ways to release human potential and boost our economy.

“For Liverpool and for the UK, the International Festival of Business is about realising the potential of economic recovery. It’s about building business. It’s about creating relationships so that we can make the most of opportunities. It’s about creating success.

“Next summer, Liverpool will be a portal through which the world can discover British business at its best.

He told the audience from than 50 countries that IFB 2014 will also look at the fundamental role cities have in stimulating innovation and driving economic growth in a series of events, including a Global Leaders’ Summit.

Mayor Anderson, accompanied by Mayoral Development Corporation board member David Wade-Smith, was the guest at the WCC of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce which is helping Liverpool Vision deliver IFB 2014 with the British Chambers of Commerce and UKTI and other partners.

Jenny Stewart, chief operating officer at Liverpool Chamber, said: “Our vision is that Liverpool Chamber can be an “export hub” providing vital and practical support for businesses to engage with the world’s high growth emerging markets.”