ABP conference to celebrate the start of Royal Albert Docks construction

ABP conference to celebrate the start of Royal Albert Docks construction


by Melanie Ullrich

Asia House organised a conference in partnership with ABP to celebrate the start of construction for London’s next business district at the Royal Albert Docks. The £1.7 billion investment to create the Asian business district will create more than 30,000 jobs and will generate £6 billion for the London economy. The conference ‘Embracing business opportunities in London through China’s Belt & Road Initiative’ attracted more than 250 attendees from UK and Chinese government representatives, embassies, and corporates.

Greg Hands, UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, H.E. Liu Xiaoming, Chinese Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and Xu Weiping, Board Chairman and President, ABP (Global) Holdings Group, were among the keynote speakers.

The first of two panel discussions focused on opportunities along the Belt and Road. David Sayer, Senior Partner & Member of the Board, KPMG UK LLP, Richard Lilleystone, CEO, Gazasia, Simon Young, Chief Executive, COSCO (UK) Ltd., and Sajid Mehmood, Commercial Counsellor, Pakistan High Commission, discussed how the Belt & Road Initiative will promote and enable cross border trade and investment and how UK companies and countries along the Belt & Road can benefit from these opportunities.

The second panel focussed on London’s role within the Belt & Road Initiative. Peter Budd, Director, Arup, Sue Anne Tay, Director, China and RMB Internationalisation, Group Strategy, HSBC Holdings Plc, and Jimmy Yan ACII, Assistant General Manager, China Taiping Insurance (UK) Co Ltd, elaborated on why London is the ideal destination to raise capital and finance projects.

Both panels were moderated by Michael Lawrence, Chief Executive, Asia House.