Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy grew at its slowest pace in three years in 2014 and the central bank has recently cut its 2015 forecast to 3 %. Exports have been falling and domestic demand remains weak. To address this the military-led government has set in motion a series of reforms to foster growth and competitiveness. Thailand’s Finance Minister Sommai Phasee will give a speech followed by a discussion on the outlook for the country’s economy.
Friday 17 July
10.00 - 11.30
An MoU has been signed between Asia House and the Invest Mongolia Agency (IMA), the agency set up by the Mongolian Government to promote FDI and help international businesses establish themselves in Mongolia. The MoU states they will both encourage British investment in Mongolia, Asia House will help identify potential British investors and the IMA will provide information on doing business in Mongolia. Javkhlanbaatar Sereeter, Director General, Invest Mongolia, pictured left, signs the MoU with Sir John Boyd KCMG, chairman of Asia House, pictured right, at Asia House.
Rini Soemarno, Indonesia Minister for State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs), will join Asia House corporate members for a private briefing. She will discuss President Jokowi’s reform agenda as well as the broader economic outlook for Indonesia.
Friday 10 July
10.00 - 11.30
Opportunities are growing in infrastructure, finance, engineering, tourism and leisure in Mongolia, following the announcement in May 2015 that the Mongolian Government has reached an agreement with Rio Tinto and Turquoise Hill Resources to develop the underground mine at Oyu Tolgoi. However the country’s human capital needs to be developed and education reforms are required to help new sectors flourish and the economy to diversify.
The Thai Minister of Finance, Mr Sommai Phasee, will join Asia House corporate members for an exclusive private briefing on the investment environment in Thailand.
Friday 17 July
08.00 - 09.30
Dubai-based designer Khalid Shafar and architect, author and researcher Dr Sandra Piesik will illustrate and discuss their interest in and inspiration from traditional Arish (palm-leaf) architecture. This event is presented as part of 'Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture,' London's largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture.
Monday 20 July
18.45 - 20.30
Image copyright Dr Sandra Piesik
As international interest in contemporary art has grown, so have the number of influential art organisations, Biennials and events in cities around the world including Istanbul, Sharjah, Mumbai, Dhaka, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul. Does this reflect a shift in focus from a Eurocentric view of cultural production? Art collector and patron Judith Greer, who is Director of International Programmes for the United Arab Emirates Sharjah Art Foundation, will share her views.
Wednesday 8 July
18.45 - 20.00
Image copyright Duncan McKenzie
Mongolia is open for business. It is actively seeking foreign investment in infrastructure, roads, railways and power plants, as well as renewable energies, the mining sector, leisure, housing and tourism. That was the message at the conference ‘Mongolia: Open for International Business’ held at Asia House, at which the Prime Minister of Mongolia HE Saikhanbileg Chimed and the Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP made keynote remarks.
'Mahout – The Great Elephant Walk', winner of the Best Film Award at the 2014 London Independent Film Festival, will be screened as part of the first ever Asia House Fortnight of Film, which is taking place in August. The film is set in Nepal.
Thursday 13 August
19.00 - 20.30
Asia is set to drive global infrastructure spending over the next decade. Emerging Asia will account for 65 per cent of global infrastructure spending in 2025. As economies in the region grow, the infrastructure needs will change. What will future infrastructure demands be? This event will look at the key trends that will shape infrastructure development in Asia Pacific over the next decade.
Tuesday 14 July
8.30 - 10.00
Being shown as part of the Asia House Fortnight of Film, 'The Silk Road of Pop' is a portrait of the explosive pop music scene among the Uyghur community in China’s Xinjiang Province and taps into the rhythmical zeitgeist of what it means to be young and Uyghur in China.
Tuesday 18 August
19.00 - 20.30
On Monday 13 July two dancers from Korea will re-create a unique and meditative temple experience at Asia House. The project is named Silence. Asia House caught up with both performers ahead of their performances and found out what the project was all about.
Join Judith Greer for an insightful talk on changing cultural centres in the international art world.
Rini Soemarno will brief members on the broad outlook for the Indonesian economy.
Experience a day at a temple with performances by award-winning Korean artists, tea and meditation.
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Opportunities are growing in Mongolia in infrastructure, finance, engineering and tourism.
Mongolian companies are searching internationally for partners in the SME field.
HE Saikhanbileg Chimed and The Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP discuss opportunities for Britain in Mongolia.