Asia House conference in Hong Kong pushes the dial on global trade debate

Asia House conference in Hong Kong pushes the dial on global trade debate

29/11/17

More than 250 delegates attended Asia House’s major conference in Hong Kong

The future of role of Asia in global trade and investment was the focus of a major Asia House conference in Hong Kong this week.

Asia Trade in the New Global Order brought together thought leaders from across the world to push the conversation on global trade forward.

More than 20 speakers and moderators took part in the conference, including five high-level government representatives and four former ministers and government representatives from seven countries, and the ASEAN Secretariat.

Speeches from Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR; Ceferino S Rodolfo, Undersecretary for Industry Development and Trade Policy, Philippines; and Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister for National Development Planning, Indonesia, provided insights to delegates on how nations in the region are adapting to the emerging global order.

Meanwhile, panel discussions featuring current and former ministers and leading professionals from business debated the shape of the new global trade order, the trade and investment opportunities in ASEAN, and connectivity in Asia.

The conference was aimed at bringing the trade debate to an Asian platform, and marked the first time Asia House has held an event of its scale outside of London.

In her keynote speech, Carrie Lam said: “I am sure Asia House, with its expertise on Asia, and as the leading pan-Asian organisation in the United Kingdom, will continue to provide a forum for decision-makers, business-leaders, and opinion-formers to engage in high level discussions that direct business and political strategies.

“My thanks to Asia House for bringing this prestigious event to Hong Kong.”