ILOILO CITY, March 21 (PIA) ---  The British Ambassador to the Philippines will visit Iloilo City to meet with local business leaders here and explore more business opportunities.
 
According to the British Embassy, Ambassador Asif Ahmad is slated for a visit to this city on March 24 as part of the campaign “This is Great Britain”, which aims to showcase the best of United Kingdom (UK).
 
The Ambassador will deliver a speech on education opportunities at the University of Iloilo, promoting UK education and the Chevening Scholarship Programme.
 
“Iloilo is a rapidly emerging area. We are looking to explore even more business opportunities across Visayas, to bring in new products and services from British companies, and tap into local skills and talents, including creating more jobs locally. Education is a sector where UK has particular expertise to offer,” he said.
 
During this trip, Ambassador Ahmad will be accompanied by the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy Richard Graham.
 
The visit will also include a tour of the Esplanade and a visit to the statue of Nicholas Loney, the Britanic Majesty's first vice consul in Iloilo during the 19th century, who was responsible for pioneering the sugar industry in Panay and Negros.
 
The British Ambassador will also open the Great British Festival which will run from March 24 to 26 here. The festival will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony of the UK in Miniature exhibit at SM City Iloilo.
 
“We want to bring the Great British Festival to people outside of Manila to experience the best of Britain. We hope that people will feel like they are in the UK and take photos with our miniature displays of iconic British landmarks in SM Iloilo,” he said.
 
Free movie screenings of ‘Shakespeare’ and the ‘Lady in the Van’ will be shown at SM Cinemas during the festival.
 
British retail brands Body Shop and Vision Express will also be running promotional discounts throughout the weekend.
 
This is the first time that the British Embassy is bringing to Iloilo the Great British Festival which is a showcase of British excellence in innovation, creativity, film, education, fashion, and art. (JCM/LTP/PIA-Iloilo)