Indonesia to use EU template for post-Brexit UK FTA, says Jokowi advisor

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Chairman of Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Thomas Lembong, who is an economic policy advisor to Indonesian President Jokowi and former Trade Minister, spoke about the Indonesian Government's approach to Brexit, TPP, ASEAN and about further reforms to deregulate the Indonesian economy, in an interview with Asia House during a trip to London.

London after Brexit: how to ease the uncertainty

There is uncertainty about the future status of London as a global financial and insurance market following the EU referendum result. Banks in London may have to shift parts of their operations overseas owing to the possible loss of passporting rights; UK insurers too may have to shift operations to an EU country if they lose direct access to the single market. At this private briefing, Chief Executive Officer of Lloyd’s Inga Beale will share her insights on how the City of London can retain its unique status.

Friday 7 October

08.00 - 09.30

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For corporate members only

Understand the structure, functions and powers of the new Department for International Trade

Sir Martin Donnelly, Permanent Secretary for the Department for International Trade (DIT), will join Asia House corporate members for a private briefing on the current state of play of the department that he has been brought in to help set up. Sir Martin will also brief members on the staffing and structure of the new department and its collaboration with other departments such as the Department for Exiting the EU.

Tuesday 11 October

08.00 - 09.30

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For corporate members only

Asia’s sprint ahead: How technology is changing trade

The economic rise of Asia has been supported through new technologies which help to connect and strengthen cross-border links. Join our roundtable discussion with Tom Homer, Head of EMEA, Telstra, Mark Purdy, Managing Director and Chief Economist, Accenture Institute for High Performance, and Andrea Alexa Seow, Centre Director, Singapore Economic Development Board.

Wednesday 5 October

08.00 - 10.00

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Brexit: an opportunity for the UK to look beyond Europe

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In the post-Brexit economy, a rising Southeast Asia is an opportunity the UK cannot ignore. This report from KPMG, which includes insights from Asia House, examines the implications and opportunities arising from Brexit for both companies in the UK and those overseas.

Brexit Britain could now join TPP and other Asia-Pacific FTA deals to boost trade

HE Mr Koji Tsuruoka, Ambassador of Japan to the United Kingdom, and Sir Alexander Lockwood Smith KNZM, High Commissioner of New Zealand to the UK, will brief Asia House corporate members on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), other key developments in trade across the Asia-Pacific region and related opportunities for both the UK and EU.

Friday 21 October

08.00 - 09.30

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For corporate members only

Department of International Trade's priorities: where Asia sits in the pecking order

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade (DIT) Mark Garnier MP will join Asia House corporate members for a private briefing on priorities for the new UK DIT, giving a particular emphasis on Asia. Mr Garnier will provide corporate members with information on current and future plans for ministerial visits by his department to Asia and he will also discuss UK-Asia trade priorities moving forward.

Wednesday 19 October

08.30 - 10.00

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For corporate members only

Potential new post-Brexit trade deals on the agenda

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With the UK Government’s negotiating position and strategy on Brexit keenly awaited, Asia House continues to chair briefings with key decision-makers and influencers to advise and inform corporate members, clients and government officials navigating the commercial, political and economic uncertainties in the lead up to the UK leaving the EU. Central to the briefings are potential new trade deals.

Carrie Lam shares insights on Hong Kong's reaction to Brexit

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Hong Kong Chief Secretary for Administration The Hon Mrs Carrie Lam joined Asia House corporate members for a private briefing and roundtable discussion on how Hong Kong fits into the Belt and Road initiative. The impact of Brexit on Hong Kong's relationship with the UK was also covered.

'I'd like to replace the model of the Treaty of Rome with the Treaty of Singapore' - David Sayer

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In the wake of Brexit, it is time the UK rebuilds its historic ties with the ASEAN member states, David Sayer, Senior Partner & Member of the Board, KPMG UK LLP, has said. “The UK needs to think about how it re-positions itself for ASEAN, if it is no longer a springboard to the EU. I would like to see our first FTA to be with Singapore and to replace the model of the Treaty of Rome with the Treaty of Singapore,” he said.

ASEAN: ‘The rhetoric about one vision and one community is just that: rhetoric’ – Nazir Razak

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was never intended to be that deeply integrated, the Chairman of CIMB Group Nazir Razak has told a group of business leaders at Asia House. Mr Razak, the recipient of the Asia House Asian Business Leaders Award 2015, said: "I think you have to separate the rhetoric from the reality. ASEAN has always been focused on trade and investment and the rhetoric about one vision and one community is just that."

City of London chief shares his views on capital's status as a centre of global finance in wake of EU referendum result

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Mark Boleat, Chairman of the City of London Policy and Resources Committee, joined Asia House corporate members and selected participants for a private briefing on the implications of the EU referendum for the City of London as a key global financial centre.

'Brexit has shown the wisdom of having a looser association rather than a union'– Kishore Mahbubani on its impact on ASEAN

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Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and author Professor Kishore Mahbubani said in an interview with Asia House that the lesson for ASEAN from Brexit is "don’t make integration too tight and rigorous. Brexit has shown the wisdom of having a looser association rather than a union," he said.

The untold dreams of ordinary people in China versus the vision of their leader Xi Jinping

Asia House is pleased to welcome Alec Ash and Rob Schmitz, two writers with books recently published on China, who will discuss the dreams of the comman man in China, weighing them up against Xi Jinping's dream for China.

Wednesday 5 October

18.45 - 20.00

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Cultural institutions in the Middle East: a battle for survival

To coincide with Frieze London (6 – 9 October 2016), Asia House will host a panel discussion with Jonathan Watkins, Director of Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, ArtBahrain co-founder Kaneka Subberwal; Qattan Foundation chairman Omar Al Qattan; and Sharjah Art Foundation president Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi. The panel will address issues such as censorship, conflict, preservation, stability and legacy faced by cultural institutions based in the Middle East, as well as the impact of technology.

Thursday 6 October

18.45 - 20.15

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Thomas Lembong, an advisor to Jokowi, discusses Indonesia’s approach to Brexit, TPP and reforms.

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