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.

Thomas Lembong: Indonesia's tax amnesty "most successful in history"

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With Indonesia's tax amnesty due to end on 31 March, Chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) gave an exclusive interview to Asia House about the results of the programme.

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.

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.

Trade expert: Japan will keep TPP on the agenda with or without the US

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Professor Yorizumi Watanabe, a former trade negotiator with Japan's foreign ministry, gave an exclusive interview to Asia House about the concerns of the Japanese business community in the light of changing global trading architecture. The interview followed a private briefing.

Global trade stagnating, says EBRD Chief Economist

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Global trade as a percentage of GDP is stagnating globally, according to Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Sergei Guriev. Speaking at Asia House as part of The University of Nottingham’s Global Dialogues series, Guriev warned of ‘catastrophic consequences’ of a trade war between China and the US and the negative impacts of protectionist policies.

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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Ghezelayegh’s work combines talismanic symbols, silk-screen printing and embroidery.

Visit the first UK solo show of Malaysian artist Yusof Ghani, one of the biggest names in Southeast Asian art.

Dr Mandana Seyfeddinipur will discuss the impact globalisation has had on language.

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