Low oil prices and the liberalising Middle East – is the region becoming attractive to foreign investors?

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David Martin, Partner, Linklaters LLP, UAE, analyses how attractive the region is to foreign investors in the light of falling oil prices.

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Asia House to launch 'Asia 2025'

Asia House will launch 'Asia 2025' – a unique publication in which 25 global leaders look ahead to the next decade in Asia - at a reception on Tuesday 8 March. Paul Manduca, Chairman of Prudential and Nazir Razak, Chairman of CIMB Group and winner of the Asia House Asian Business Leaders Award for 2015, will be among the speakers at this launch event.

Tuesday 8 March

18.00 - 20.00

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Asia House Film Festival 2016 to premiere 19 films from Asia in London

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The Asia House Film Festival 2016 will take place from 22 February to 5 March. This year’s theme of ‘Breaking Boundaries’ will be reflected in the diverse programme of 19 films, which includes five European and six UK premieres.

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European premiere of Kazakhstan's 2016 entry to the Oscars to open Asia House Film Festival

Yermek Tursunov’s sixth film 'Stranger' is a striking treatment of one man’s search for freedom set against the historical backdrop of the country’s darkest years. It will open the Asia House Film Festival at the Ham Yard Theatre. The event includes a free drinks and canapé reception.

Monday February 22

18.00 - 22.00

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Thai Parliamentary Delegation to visit Asia House to engage with corporate members

Asia House will welcome a delegation of senior representatives from Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly to network and engage with corporate members. Led by the former Thai Ambassador to the UK, the Hon Kitti Wasinondh, the group will discuss what economic contraction accompanied by political instability will mean for multinational companies operating in Thailand.

Tuesday 8 March

08.00 - 09.30

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Looking ahead: Asia House Business & Policy programme 2016

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In 2016, Asia House will welcome several head of states and ministers for private briefings and exclusive meetings with corporate members. Topics of focus include the development and internationalisation of the RMB, the Internet of Things and how connectivity will change business, unlocking Asia’s economic potential and demographic developments in Asia and their implications for businesses.

EBRD President to brief corporate members on the bank's role in the development of China's Belt & Road

In 2016 China became the 67th member of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Asia House will welcome EBRD’s President Sir Suma Chakrabarti for a private briefing with corporate members to discuss how the EBRD views its role in the development of the Belt and Road initiative and what this means for multinational companies.

Thursday 31 March

08.00 - 09.30

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Entering the Iranian Market

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The gradual lifting of sanctions against Iran as a result of the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in January 2016 has fuelled increased interest in Iran from potential Western foreign investors. This is most apparent in the oil and gas sector but other sectors, too, are keen on Iran. Companies in the automobile, banking and hospitality sectors have accompanied the dozens of trade delegations there. KPMG has produced a report analysing the opportunities and risks for Western businesses interested in doing business in Iran.

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Asia House Fair: A lively pop-up shopping extravaganza

The hugely popular Asia House Fair returns in 2016, bringing together an array of the best and most exquisite items in fashion, jewellery, home accessories, food and art inspired by traditional craftsmanship from across the whole of Asia. Free limited tickets are available for the preview evening event on Thursday 3 March.

Thursday 3 March to Sunday 6 March

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Opportunities and challenges facing India hotly debated at Asia's largest literature festival

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India's "abnormally low" tax base and Modi's 'Make in India' initiative were among the topics discussed at the ninth edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival in India which our Digital Editor Naomi Canton attended.

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Spotlight on UKTI's strategy in Asia

The recently appointed Chief Executive of UK Trade and Investment Dr Catherine Raines will join Asia House corporate members for a private briefing to discuss UKTI’s global strategy with a direct focus on Asia.

Friday 11 March

08.00 - 09.30

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European premiere of Kazakhstan’s 2016 entry to the Oscars and a short about a Chinese beekeeper.

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UK premiere of a documentary about the high-pressure world of professional video gaming in South Korea.

Bangkok, Thailand

The Thai National Legislative Assembly delegation will network with corporate members.

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