A panel of infrastructure finance experts at the City of London Green Finance Summit this week said that a key barrier to European investment in emerging market infrastructure lay in EU Solvency II requirements. Speaking at panel on financing Smart Cities, HSBC’s Rongrong Huo, Co-Head of Sustainable Finance Unit, discussed how emerging market infrastructure and... View Article

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that the European Union (EU) and China now have the responsibility to fight for globalisation. Juncker was speaking at the EU-China Business Summit in Brussels today. China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang stressed that the EU and China share the same philosophy on major international issues, including globalisation. Their speeches... View Article

US President Trump’s decision on Thursday to pull out of the Paris climate agreement has been met with dismay in Asia.

Daniel Pruce has been appointed the British Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines. He takes over from Asif Ahmad who will be transferring to Jamaica in August 2017. Daniel has previously been posted in Madrid and Bangkok as Deputy Head of Mission. The Philippines and ASEAN as a whole continues to be a strong focus of... View Article

Representatives from more than 25 Asian and European countries will be among the audience at today’s Asia House event on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Leading corporate figures will also attend the conference, at which Dr. Joachim von Amsberg, Vice President, Policy and Strategy, will give a speech. He will outline the infrastructure investment finance... View Article

‘Something deeply rotten is unfolding in our part of the world’ Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, wrote in an op-ed for the Huffington Post following US President Trump’s arms deal with the Saudi’s last week. US-Iran relations are back on the global agenda, with a strong and vocal response from Iran to the latest... View Article

“EU unity, proactiveness and strong relations with other countries is extremely important for global development. We want the EU to become stronger and India will play a positive role towards that through the medium of Germany,” India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said during his visit to Germany, reports the Hindustan Times. German Chancellor Angela Merkel... View Article

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will meet US President Donald Trump next week in Washington. “President Trump looks forward to discussing ways to strengthen our bilateral relationship and deepen regional cooperation with one of America’s important partners in Southeast Asia,” the White House said in a statement. The meeting will come several months after... View Article

Moody’s Investor Service, the international credit rating agency, has downgraded China’s credit rating to A1 from Aa3, the first downgrade since 1989, reports Reuters. The credit downgrade comes amid fears of mounting debts, where China has 277 per cent total debt to GDP ratio as well as slowing growth, currently running at 6.6 per cent... View Article

Dr. Joachim von Amsberg, Vice President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), emphasised that the AIIB has been open to all countries, and, in particular, to all member countries of the World Bank or the Asian Development Bank. In an interview with The Voice of America, von Amsberg said that this open invitation will... View Article