Inevitable withdrawal of US interests creates great opportunities for region, if it is prepared for change, according to top broadcaster
"Europe and the Middle East will therefore have to get their acts together, to grab their own destiny, to make their own way, even to make their own mistakes. The good news is that it’s a process. It’s not happening overnight, so we have time to adapt and change.
"The bad news for those who think its reversible, is that it is not. Perhaps it’s a good thing. Perhaps we’ve been too over-dependant on America and its time we took control of our own destiny.
"Meanwhile, those of us in business must get on with the business of business. We have no choice. It is business that pays for the defence of our nations. It is business that allows for the alleviation of poverty. It is business that pays for the education of our children.
"Now it is clear from the array of business talent being honoured here tonight, that this region is already shaping its own business and economic identity. I offer my personal congratulations to all those being awarded tonight.
"Business, in many ways, is showing the way to a more self-sustaining, self-governing region with the destiny of its future in its own hands.
"As we gather tonight to award those in business, who have done that, let us hope that our governments and politicians learn from your example."