Romania mission to boost Humber hopes of hosting world business leaders

Hull businessman Philip Tighe will represent the Humber at a global trade conference in Romania this month.

Thursday, 17th April 2014, 2:40 pm
Dominic Ward, WTC director and senior partner at Andrew Jackson Solicitors

The three-day World Trade Centers General Assembly in Bucharest, from April 27 to 30, will bring together nearly 400 business leaders, property developers, economists, trade experts and policymakers from more than 80 countries to discuss innovation and new opportunities for international business and relationships.

It will be an opportunity for Mr Tighe, who is head of sales at Hull packaging firm Garthwest, to promote the Humber’s bid to host the 48th assembly in Hull during City of Culture 2017.

Mr Tighe, will gather valuable information and ideas in order to ensure Hull’s bid has the greatest chance of success.

Lindsay West, joint managing director of Garthwest and a director of World Trade Centre Hull and Humber, said: “It is very important that the Humber is represented ahead of our bid and Philip will be meeting a number of key World Trade Centers Association staff to promote our offering for 2017.

“He will also gain valuable insight into the way the conference is run, which will help us in our bid enormously as well as giving us clarity on what the Humber will need to pull this off.”

Mr Tighe said: “I am very much looking forward to this fascinating business trip to a country that I have never visited. My mission is to find out as much as possible about the conference while putting the word out about Hull’s bid.”

The intention to host the conference in 2017 formed part of Hull’s successful City of Culture bid, and since then, work has been going on behind the scenes to assess the potential costs and viability.

It follows a visit to the World Trade Centers General Assembly in Mumbai last year, which was attended by WTC directors Peter Brown, who is CEO of Neill & Brown Global Logistics, and Rob Penrose, former managing partner of Andrew Jackson Solicitors.

Hull’s bid will be submitted at the end of this year.

This year’s General Assembly marks the 20th anniversary of a world trade centre in Bucharest, Romania’s capital city.

There has been a shift towards heavy industries in the country since the 1970s, but agriculture is still economically important and employs about one-third of the workforce.

Romania produces coal, natural gas, iron ore and petroleum, but most raw materials for the country’s large industrial capacity are imported. Prominent industries include chemical (petrochemical, paints and varnishes), metal processing, machine manufacturing, industrial and transport equipment, textiles, manufactured consumer goods, lumbering and furniture.

Since 1990, successive governments have concentrated on turning Romania into a market economy.