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Asia House Signature Conference: Asia Trade in the New Global Order

The global trade architecture is in the midst of dramatic change. The anti-free trade rhetoric from the US and President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership; the UK’s decision to leave the EU; and growing economic nationalism have triggered a major shake up to the global trade and economic landscape.

In contrast, ASEAN’s push towards economic integration and China’s growing role as a champion of globalisation and free trade have shifted the trade dynamic towards the East. Asia can drive world trade and shape the new trading architecture.

The Belt and Road vision and the urgent need for infrastructure development across the region will drive the development of the new trade order. The UK wants to play a role in its post-EU world, with an ambitious target for a range of new trade deals, while Hong Kong strives to be the super-connector between China and the rest of the world.

This Asia House conference will examine the path to the new global trade order and the shape it will ultimately take.  It will explore the outlook for multilateral trading agreements in view of recent changes, the opportunities and obstacles in regional integration in Southeast Asia, and the role of connectivity as a driver of growth in Asia.

Political and business leaders from Hong Kong, ASEAN member states and the UK, will be assembled to share insights on the transition to the new trading architecture and the opportunities it will provide.



08:00 – 08:30 – Registration and morning coffee and tea

08:30 – 09:00 – Opening remarks and keynote addresses

09:00 – 10:00 – Session 1: ‘Asia and the New Global Trade Era’

10:00 – 10:30 – Refreshments

10:30 – 10:40 – Session 2: ‘Trade and Investment in ASEAN’

10:40 – 12:40 – Session 3: ‘Connectivity in Asia’

12:40 – 13:00 – Closing keynote address

13:00 – 14:30 – Networking Lunch

Afternoon roundtables and bilateral discussions will follow.

This is a working agenda and is subject to change



The Hon Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, Chairman, Asia House

H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General, ASEAN

H.E. Tran Quoc Khanh, Vice Minister, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Vietnam

Cesar Purisima, Asia fellow, Milken Institute and former Secretary of Finance of the Philippines

Lincoln Leong, CEO, MTR Corporation

John Miu, COO, ABP

Timothy P. Stratford, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP, and former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative

Dr Jonathan Choi, Chairman of Sunwah Group

Don Kanak, Chairman of Eastspring Investments

Anthony Nightingale, Director, Jardine Matheson Holdings Limited

Dr Andrea Frenzel, President of the Regional Division South & East Asia, ASEAN and ANZ, BASF

Ajay Sharma, Regional Head of Trade and Receivables Finance, HSBC

Carsten Hess, Vice President & Head of Corporate Public Policy, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, DHL

Jamil Anderlini, Asia Editor, Financial Times


Platinum Sponsor:

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Gold Sponsor:

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Places are limited. To register your interest in attending please contact Anthea Ow, Content Producer, at anthea.ow@asiahouse.co.uk or on +4420 7307 5458.

A range of sponsorship opportunities are available for both the conference. Please contact Charlie Humphreys, Director of Corporate Affairs, at charlie.humphreys@asiahouse.co.uk or on +4420 7307 5452 to find out more.

Asia Trade in the New Global Order brochure



November 27, 2017


09:00 - 17:00

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JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong
One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Central, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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