ASEAN ministers and senior trade officials feature in Asia House autumn programme

ASEAN ministers and senior trade officials feature in Asia House autumn programme


Pascal Lamy will return to Asia House as part of the autumn programme.

Asia House’s autumn programme starts this September, with ministers and senior government officials from ASEAN, Hong Kong and the UK set to brief Corporate Members on the key issues in global trade, investment and public policy.

With the US-China trade war rocking global markets, the emergence of economic nationalism causing investment uncertainty and new technologies disrupting global business, the programme will provide actionable insights to help businesses navigate these challenges.

The programme will see previous Asia House speakers – such as Pascal Lamy, former Secretary-General of the WTO – return to provide updates on the latest developments in global trade, as well as new speakers making their first appearance in the Asia House forum.

Philippines delegation 

In September, Asia House will be hosting a government delegation from the Philippines with two roundtable discussions. The Secretary of Trade and Industry, Ramon M. Lopez;  the Secretary of Budget and Management, Benjamin E. Diokno;  Ernesto M. Pernia, Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning; and Nestor A. Espenilla Jr, Governor of the Philippine Central Bank will be discussing the Philippine’s role in the global value chain on 24 September.

Lopez will also take part in another discussion, on 26 September, exploring infrastructure investment in the Philippines, alongside Mark A. Villar, Secretary of Public Works and Highways, Arthur P. Tugade, Secretary of Transportation (tbc), and Alfonso G. Cusi, Secretary of Energy (tbc).

Innovation in China

A major source of contention driving the current US-China trade tensions is China’s ambition to become a world leader in high-value innovation, encompassed by its Made in China 2025 initiative. But how are things progressing on the ground? This question will be explored during a roundtable held in partnership with Rouse on 26 September, focusing on China’s quest for innovation.

On 27 September, Asia House will welcome Hong Kong’s Chief Secretary for Administration, Matthew Cheung, to discuss the city’s drive for innovation-based entrepreneurship.

Shifting global trade order

How the US-China trade war is impacting on the global economy, and the institutions at its heart, will be the topic of conversation for Pascal Lamy, who will brief Corporate Members on 8 October.

The former WTO Secretary-General will provide insights for businesses on the escalating trade tensions, the prospects of a WTO without the US, and the broader implications of President Trump’s recent trade policies on the established global order.

These issues will be unpacked further by Arancha González, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre, in a briefing on 14 November. Gonzales will share her perspectives on the changes taking place in global trade and how businesses can meet these challenges.

One of these changes is Brexit, which has seen the UK take steps to amplify its trade presence around the world by appointing new trade commissioners. Natalie Black, HM Trade Commissioner for the Asia Pacific, will give a briefing to Corporate Members on the opportunities for the UK in the region on 11 September, part of Asia House’s New Global Trade Order Series.

Beyond London, Asia House will be holding its major conference, Asia Trade in the New Global Order, which takes place on 22 November in Singapore. It will be followed in the evening by the Asia House Asian Business Leaders Award Dinner – the annual gala event, which this year honours Kai-Fu Lee, Chairman and CEO, Sinovation Ventures.

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For more information, please contact Aini Abdullah, Programme Assistant: