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Gordon Brown and David Cameron are to present their pro-business credentials to Britain's corporate leaders at the CBI annual conference on November 27-28 at the Business Design Centre, London.
With the relationship between business and political parties at the top of both men's agenda, each will be keen to speak to delegates and respond to their questions at the interactive conference which will be attended by a number of businesses in the North-East.
As well as hearing from the Chancellor and the leader of the Conservative Party, the CBI will turn the conference spotlight on three areas central to business: how to meet the challenge from China and India, energy insecurity in a changing world, and globalisation and company ownership.
The sessions will be shaped by keynote addresses from Bertie Ahern, Taoiseach of Ireland; Lakshmi Mittal, chairman and CEO of Mittal Steel; Nikesh Arora, vice-president, European operations at Google; and Jean-Louis Beffa, chairman and CEO of French hi-tech manufacturer Saint Gobain. This year's conference promises to be the flagship business event of the year. With the help of some leading international business figures, we will be tackling the biggest issues of the day.
Mr Brown has stated that he wants business to use the opportunity to speak to Government about how we can make Britain more competitive.
Mr Cameron wants to hear from the country's business leaders about how politicians can best reach one simple but vitally important objective: to make Britain the best place in the world to do business.
BBC diplomatic correspondent James Robbins will chair the China/India debate.
The issues surrounding energy insecurity, the UK's dwindling oil and gas self-sufficiency, climate change and geo-politics will be debated by Sir David King, the Government's chief scientific adviser, Vincent de Rivaz, CEO of EDF Energy, and Tom Crotty, the chief executive of chemical giant Ineos Chlor, and chaired by Channel Four News presenter Jon Snow.
The third panel session, dealing with globalisation and company ownership, will be chaired by BBC economics editor Evan Davis.
For further details please email me at Sarah.Green@cbi.org.uk
Sarah Green is regional director of CBI North-East