Defence conference line-up unveiled

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A|D|S–the UK's AeroSpace, Defence and Security trade organisation–has announced the first confirmed speakers for its 2011 Annual Conference.

To be chaired by Stephanie Flanders, the BBC's economics editor, the conference will hear from senior UK government and industry figures who will contribute on the role of business in the coalition government's vision for foreign policy, exports and growth. The conference will focus on commercial diplomacy, UK business strategies in a changing world and the search for major international industrial partnerships. It will also examine how UK industry needs to raise its game to ensure long–term growth and success. Mark Prisk MP (the minister of state for business and enterprise) and Domingo Ureáa–Raso (Airbus military managing director and president of the European umbrella Trade Association ASD, of which A|D|S is a member) are both lined up to address conference delegates. Prisk was appointed to his present role in May 2010, and operates within the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. He was elected as the Member of Parliament for Hertford and Stortford in 2001. His main interests include small business and enterprise, urban planning and regeneration as well as defence and foreign affairs. Prisk served on the Conservative front benches from 2002, covering the Treasury and business portfolios. The conference take places at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane on 20 January 2011, and will be followed by the A|D|S Annual Dinner at which A|D|S president Peter Rogers will address the guests. Chris Barrie of Red Dwarf fame is the after–dinner speaker. Further announcements on other conference speakers will follow in due course. "The four sectors that A|D|S represents–aerospace, defence, security and space–employ over half a million people across the whole country and generate over £60bn per year for the UK economy, " explained Rees Ward, chief executive of A|D|S. "Our members are a crucial contributor to the government's ambitious plans for the UK to earn its way in the world through strong exports. This conference will examine issues that are vital to our nation's future as we seek to fulfil the national growth goal and expand our members' interests in UK target markets such as Brazil, China, India and Russia. This will complement our successes in North America, Europe and Japan. "

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