MEDIA RELEASE: 7th World Chinese Economic Summit to assess impact of President Xi’s State Visit

The key theme of the 7th annual World Chinese Economic Summit is ‘China and the World: Forging Euro-Asian Partnerships towards Shared Prosperity’

The key theme of the 7th annual World Chinese Economic Summit is ‘China and the World: Forging Euro-Asian Partnerships towards Shared Prosperity’

MEDIA RELEASE: 7th World Chinese Economic Summit to assess impact of President Xi’s State Visit

28/10/15

Media Release

LONDON UK: An array of distinguished figures including UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP; former President of Indonesia H.E. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono; Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Hon Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and former Vice Premier of China H.E. Zeng Peiyan are confirmed to speak at the 7th World Chinese Economic Summit (WCES), which in 2015 will be held in London, outside the Asia Pacific region for the first time. WCES 2015 has been organised by the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI) and for the first time, Asia House.

The annual event will bring together over 200 policy-makers, entrepreneurs, researchers and thought leaders from around the world to discuss topics around this year’s key theme, ‘China and the World: Forging Euro-Asian Partnerships towards Shared Prosperity’.

From 20 – 23 October, the UK welcomed President Xi Jinping for the first State Visit from China in 10 years. President Xi’s visit saw almost £40 billion worth of trade and investment deals completed spanning a range of sectors including the creative industries, retail, energy, health, technology, financial services, aerospace and education. The State Visit provided a significant milestone in China-UK relations. However what will it mean for the future of the bilateral relationship? Following the agreements made during the State Visit, WCES 2015 will explore the economic and business opportunities offered by China’s economic rise and its impact on markets in Asia, Europe and around the world.

Discussions will cover China’s increasingly important role within Asia, as well as China and its Asian neighbours’ increasing importance to the global economy and the integral role they will play in driving regional and world economic recovery. Attendees will hear from experts on key trends in China and Southeast Asia, including China’s Belt and Road initiative to develop new trade corridors and infrastructure beyond the country’s borders.

Other leading figures set to speak include the Minister of Transport of Malaysia the Hon. Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai; Vice Chairman, All Party Parliamentary China Group and Chairman, Conservative Friends of the Chinese The Right Honourable Lord Wei; Vice Chairman of Nomura International plc; Sir Andrew Cahn; former chairman of Standard Chartered Bank The Hon. Lord Davies of Abersoch; former Chinese Ambassador to the USA and current Secretary General of the Boao Forum for Asia H.E. Zhou Wenzhong; Governer of Victoria, Australia H. E. Linda Dessau AM; Chairman of Asia House Sir John Boyd; CEO of Asia House Michael Lawrence; Chairman of Asia House Sir John Boyd KCMG and Chief Economic Advisor to the Lord Mayor of London Dr Gerard Lyons. HRH Duke of York Prince Andrew will be presented the Patron’s Benevolence Award at the Summit.

Tan Sri Michael Yeoh, Chairman of the World Chinese Economic Summit and CEO of the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute said: “The World Chinese Economic Summit brings together over 40 speakers from four continents to share their knowledge and experiences. Attendees will be updated on key trends in China and Southeast Asia and President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road initiative. They can also learn how to conduct business successfully in China and East Asia.”

Chairman of Asia House Sir John Boyd said: “Asia House is delighted to be co-organising the 7th World Chinese Economic Summit, which will be held in London for the first time this year. Policy-makers and business leaders from China, Southeast Asia and Europe will take part in debate and discussion on China’s economic rise and its impact on the rest of the world, as well as the economic clout of the Chinese diaspora and opportunities in the rapidly growing markets of Southeast Asia.”

The summit will take place at numerous venues across the capital from 10 – 11 November, namely the Savoy Hotel, The House of Lords and Royal Kensington Palace.

For more information about the event and to see the complete agenda visit wceforum.org/agenda. Press passes and interviews with the speakers are available.

For press enquiries please contact Lucy Tomlinson on lucy.tomlinson@asiahouse.co.uk or 0207 307 5451.

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Asia House Asia House is a London-based centre of expertise on Asia. We drive economic and political engagement between Europe and Asia by providing a forum for senior decision-makers, business leaders and opinion formers to engage in high-level discussions that direct business and policy strategies. We are the leading pan-Asian organisation in the UK, having built our reputation on our extensive network, our objectivity and our independence.

The World Chinese Economic Summit is a leading international summit that focuses on strengthening business, economic, and social ties between China, Southeast Asia and Europe. The objective is to bring together government, business, and thought leaders to discuss key issues, important trends and strategic challenges facing the global and regional economy and the role of China.

The Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI) is Malaysia’s leading independent private think tank and is committed to the development of Asian leadership and strategic thinking. Through its public programmes, conferences, publications, policy research, business councils and CEO peer groups ASLI’s mission is to help organisations enhance competitiveness, leadership and strategic capabilities.