Sir Dick Evans, former chief executive of BAE Systems, the giant defence contractor, has a surprising new role, reported in the Daily Telegraph, as chairman of Samruk, which controls 40% of the GDP of Kazakhstan’s economy.
Sir Dick now spends over half his time in the Kazakhstan political capital, Astana, using his business skills to help grow the business. Now, here’s the depressing quote about Sir Dick’s frustration at not being able to use his influence to help UK companies,
“I think it’s profoundly depressing, when you look at the number of foreign investors winning contracts here at the moment, how few British companies there are. There’s not a single British company among them – it’s because we’ve got nothing to sell them. The UK opted out of manufacturing. There are no British companies left to help.”