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British trade mission on standby

BRITAIN'S RECONSTRUCTION mission to Serbia has been delayed until new leaders of the regime's state enterprises are appointed.

The mission hopes to create openings for UK firms as reconstruction cash pours in following the fall of President Milosovic. It has been advised not to come until the new government appoints fresh leaders reponsible for long term infrastructure reconstruction.

The taskforce, known as Trade Partners UK, had planned to fly out this week with a team made up of engineers from Amec, Mott MacDonald and Ove Arup, representatives from the Department of Trade & Industry and procurement experts from Crown Estates and the British Consultants Bureau.

The team is now expected to fly out next week, with UK firms specialising in project management and private finance expected to be most in demand.

Mission chairman Nigel Thompson from Ove Arup said: 'Serbia already has a highly skilled workforce but needs project management skills.'

BCB chief executive Colin Adams added: 'I have already been approached by various contacts in Serbia asking specifically for British consultants to be nominated for jobs in the oil and gas sectors.'

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