Chairman of Santander UK Shriti Vadera is the latest senior figure confirmed to speak as part of the Asia House Brexit Series. She'll discuss the future of financial services in the City post-Brexit. UK International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, former Director-General of the World Trade Organization and former European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy, and the Director General, International Finance at HM Treasury Mark Bowman, are among the other officials briefing Asia House corporate members over the next six weeks.
Alok Sharma, Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, joined Asia House corporate members for a private briefing on Thursday to discuss the challenges and opportunities leaving the EU will present the UK economy.
Chairman of Santander UK Baroness Shriti Vadera will brief Asia House corporate members on post-Brexit prospects for the City of London. Vadera has been chair of the European Financial Services Chairmen’s Advisory Committee since the referendum vote in June. The group was set up to act as a senior sounding board for Ministers during the EU exit negotiations.
Wednesday 22 March
08.00 - 09.30
Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and former European Trade Commissioner, has repeatedly said that the Brexit negotiations will take a long time and that the UK economy will face a number of challenges in the process of leaving the EU. At this briefing, he will shed light on EU-UK relations during both the process of leaving, and post-leaving.
Friday 17 March
11.00 - 12.00
Paul Nicholson joins Asia House from Thomson Reuters, where he created a portfolio of events and publications for 'International Financing Review' and 'Project Finance International' on capital markets and infrastructure topics for senior finance professionals in China, India, Southeast Asia and the UK. Nicholson will take on the responsibility for driving business research at Asia House as well as programming events and advising UK-Asia business professionals.
The newly appointed High Commissioner of India to the UK H.E. Mr Y.K. Sinha made a speech to journalists this week in which he said Brexit was a challenge, but India saw it "more as an opportunity." He also said it was "exciting times" for UK-India relations.
Asia House Director of Corporate Affairs Charlie Humphreys was selected as the UK representative to take part in a European Young Leaders workshop with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs alongside representatives from other EU member states. He reports from China on the key themes and topics that came up in the workshop and the key areas of interest to the Chinese Government. Pictured is Chen Xu, Director-General of the Department of European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, giving welcome remarks to the representatives from Europe.
Dr Gerard Lyons, Chief Economic Advisor at Policy Exchange and former Chief Economic Advisor to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson when Mr Johnson was Mayor of London, joined Asia House corporate members and invited guests for a private briefing and roundtable discussion on Thursday to discuss his views on the global economy in the light of Brexit and Trump.
The UK’s Minister for Asia and the Pacific Alok Sharma MP has stressed that as the UK leaves the EU the British Government wants to work with business to champion global free trade and remain outward-looking to harness these opportunities. "I want to reassure you that the UK will not be stepping back from the world, as some people may fear," Mr Sharma said in a keynote speech at a conference at Asia House. "Asia, all of Asia, with its dynamic economies and vast potential, will be at the heart of our approach,” he said.
Anne Patricia Sutanto, Vice President Director, PT Pan Brothers Tbk, Indonesia's largest garment maker, says Trump's election victory and Brexit are 'positive disruptions' to the global economy which will keep companies agile. "It might be good to disrupt the economy a bit," she said, pointing out that was what online taxi firm Uber had done. She made the remarks in a panel discussion with Noel Quinn, Chief Executive of Global Commercial Banking at HSBC, at a conference held at Asia House.
The Minister of State in the Department for International Trade Greg Hands MP has told Asia House in an exclusive interview that Japan as an investor in the UK is a big priority for the British Government. "We are engaging extensively with Japanese investors in the UK, not only with Nissan,” he explained. Mr Hands said he had met many Japanese investors in the UK since the EU referendum was held. "The response from Japanese investors has been very positive,” he said.
"China’s Belt and Road initiative, with its vision of large-scale mining and infrastructure projects, seems to be interfering in Russia’s interests," says the Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College in London, Kerry Brown. "Yes, China has a strategic partnership with Russia, but it has strategic partnerships with lots of countries. It does not mean a great deal. China wants to get more dominance via economic leverage,” he said.
LSE Prefessor Jin Keyu will discuss economic developments in China in the new global trade order.
The Ambassador will discuss the political and economic environment in South Korea.
How will currency markets continue to grow in Asia – what are the risks and opportunities?
An annual spend of $1.7tn on infrastructure across the region will be required.
Sontirat Sontijirawong discussed Thailand’s economy and the country’s strategic reform agenda.
The Vice-Chairperson of the 12th NPC Standing Committee discussed China’s Belt & Road initiative.
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