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 – 09:00 – Registration and morning coffee and tea
09:00 – 09:30 – Opening remarks and keynote addresses
09:30 – 10:30 – Session 1: ‘Asia Trade in the New Global Order’
10:30 – 10:45 – Refreshments
10:45 – 11:45 – Session 2: ‘Trade and Investment in ASEAN’
11:45 – 12:45 – Session 3: ‘Connectivity in Asia’
12:45 – 13:00 – Closing keynote address
13:00 – 14:15 – Lunch
This is a working agenda and is subject to change
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
Attendance at this event is by invitation only. The conference, which will be attended by policy and business thought leaders, will be followed in the evening by a gala dinner.
For more information, please contact Anthea Ow, Content Producer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +4420 7307 5458.
A range of sponsorship opportunities are available for both the conference and the gala dinner. Please contact Charlie Humphreys, Director of Corporate Affairs, at email@example.com or on +4420 7307 5452 to find out more.
The conference brochure can be seen here.