UK Ambassador to WTO to give details on Brexit transition

Julian Braithwaite, UK Ambassador to the UN and other international organisations, is looking to establish the UK’s independent position in the WTO as the country leaves the European Union.

Tuesday 4 April
08:00 - 09:30

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Asian Development Bank: Meeting Asia's Infrastructure Needs

Asia will need to invest $1.7 trillion per year in infrastructure until 2030 to maintain its growth momentum, tackle poverty, and respond to climate change, warns the Asian Development Bank in this report. Bambang Susantono, Vice President of the ADB, will discuss the report's key findings at Asia House on 28 April.

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Friday 28 April
09:00 - 11:30

Asian Development Bank VP among speakers to discuss infrastructure priorities for the region

Rana Hasan, Director of the Development Economics and Indicators Division at the ADB; Gregory Hodkinson, Chairman of Arup and Tom Homer, Country Managing Director United Kingdom and Director Global Enterprise and Services EMEA, Telstra will also join the discussion.

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Friday 28 April
09:00 - 11:30

Indonesia’s Finance Minister: Optimistic that 5.1% growth will be achieved

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Joining Asia House for an exclusive interview straight from the G20 finance ministers’ meeting, Indonesia’s Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati outlined that growth prospects for Indonesia look positive.

Pascal Lamy: Expect a hard Brexit and a soft Trump

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The UK’s “full exit” from the EU will probably take a decade to complete, Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and former European Trade Commissioner, told Asia House in an interview following a briefing for corporate members.

Chairman of Santander UK: the impact of Brexit on SMEs

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Discussion points covered at the briefing for corporate members with Shriti Vadera included London’s post-Brexit position as a financial centre and the UK Government’s approach to Brexit negotiations.

The Silk Road Investment Forum

The premier event for Eurasian infrastructure investment, the Forum will bring together the leading investors, advisors, officials, contractors and suppliers contributing to successful Silk Road initiatives. Key topics of discussion will include trade, infrastructure, development finance, public-private partnerships, risk management, and the policy environment. Among the speakers are H.E. Tamar Beruchashvili, Ambassador of Georgia to the United Kingdom and H.E. Baiba Braže, Ambassador of Latvia to the United Kingdom.

Thursday 6 - Friday 7 April

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The preservation of endangered languages and why it matters

Dr Mandana Seyfeddinipur, Head of the Endangered Languages Archive at SOAS, will present a talk on endangered languages in Asia and the importance of preserving them before they become extinct.

Thursday 6 April

18.45 - 20.00

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ln this tribe in China it’s definitely a woman’s world

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On her journey across China to find her roots Choo Waihong encountered the Mosuo tribe, the last surviving matrilineal and matriarchal society in the world, in the Yunnan province. She lived with them for six years and wrote the first insider account of life in this extraordinary tribe – 'The Kingdom of Women: Life, Love and Death in China’s Hidden Mountains.'

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