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									                                AMBASSADORIAL LUNCHEON
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                                   Friday 12 March 2010

                                    Mr James Watt CVO
                                  HM Ambassador to Jordan
Mr James Watt CVO took up his position as Ambassador to Jordan in October 2006. He joined the British
Diplomatic Service in 1977 and has had a distinguished career, serving as Ambassador to Lebanon (2003-
2006), Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad with responsibility for relations with Afghanistan (1996-
1998) and Deputy Head of Mission in Jordan (1992-1996). He also has great experience representing the
UK at the United Nations, first serving in the UK Permanent Mission to the UN in New York, responsible for
Middle East matters in the Security Council, then holding the post of Deputy Head of the UN Department in
the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Jordan is an important player in the Middle East, both economically and politically. Its economy has grown
strongly over the last three to four years, boosted by trade and business links with Iraq. The banking,
construction, manufacturing, real estate and tourism sectors have experienced particularly strong growth and
significant investments are going into transport and infrastructure development. Foreign investment is on the
increase, encouraged by the improvements in the business environment, and the privatisation process is
moving ahead strongly, the recent successful privatisation of the port of Aqaba being an example. The 2009
Index of Economic Freedom ranks Jordan 6th out of 17 countries in the MENA region, a measure of the
success of the country’s reform process. We look forward to hearing what the Ambassador has to say on
business prospects in this promising market, and the Kingdom’s regional role.

The customary form at these luncheons is to assemble at 12.30 pm at Bury House for pre-lunch drinks,
sitting down for lunch at 1.00 pm. To enable our guest of honour to meet as many delegates as possible, we
ask that you sit at a different table for each course. During coffee, the Ambassador will talk for 15 – 20
minutes and then takes questions, concluding at about 2.45pm. The charge per delegate will be £47.96 (inc.
VAT) for MEA Members and £57.50 (inc. VAT) for Non-members. Those wishing to attend this lunch should
complete and return the tear-off slip below to Jacqui Marshall by 5pm Friday 5th March 2010; or e-mail her
at jacqui@the-mea.co.uk.


To: Jacqui Marshall, Tel: 0207 839 2137, Fax: 020 7839 6121 Email: Jacqui@the-mea.co.uk
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      VIP LUNCHEON: Friday 12 March 2010, Mr James Watt CVO, HM Ambassador to Jordan
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