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    Embracing business opportunities in London through China’s Belt & Road Initiative

    ABP is creating London’s third financial and business district. The Royal Albert Dock project will be unique – it will be the headquarters of Chinese and other Asian companies enabling them to reach new markets across Europe. It will also be the centre for European companies looking to trade with them.

    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. It will be a platform for those companies to thrive and prosper and will be the economic engine powering the economic growth of the Royal Docks.

    The groundbreaking ceremony at the Royal Albert Dock (DLR Royal Albert Dock) will be held on Wednesday 28 June and will be followed by a half-day conference ‘Embracing Business Opportunities through China’s Belt & Road Initiative’. ABP and Asia House cordially invite you to attend this conference. Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, and Greg Hands, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Department of International Trade, are confirmed as keynote speakers.

    To register for this conference please click here. Please RSVP to confirm your attendance by Wednesday, 21 June 2017. 

    (The event is currently oversubscribed.  If you wish to attend, please send an email to Neil Robinson, Director of Global Communications, ABP. Please note that you will need to receive a confirmation email to be able to attend.)

    08.30 – 09.00      Arrival and registration 

    09.00 – 09.30      Opportunity to view the ceremony to mark the start of the construction

    09.30 – 09.35      Welcome Remarks

    09.35 – 10.00      Keynote Speeches

    • Greg Hands, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Department of International Trade
    • Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
    • H.E. Liu Xiaoming, Chinese Ambassador to the United Kingdom of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    • Nancy Xu, CEO, ABP London
    • Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham
    • Xu Weiping, Board Chairman and President, ABP (Global) Holdings Group

    10.00-10.55       Panel Discussion: Opportunities along the Belt and Road

    The Belt & Road Initiative will promote and enable cross border trade and investment. Connectivity, both physical (infra) and digital (tech) will play a major role in global cross border trade and investment. Many new projects will be initiated between China and Asian countries. This will open up opportunities for companies from third markets, including the UK. This panel will explore and provide insights from officials and business leaders on potential commercial opportunities and steps that companies can take today to take advantage of those opportunities.


    • Richard Lilleystone, CEO, Gazasia
    • David Sayer, Senior Partner & Member of the Board, KPMG UK LLP
    • Simon Young, Chief Executive, COSCO (UK) Ltd.
    • Sajid Mehmood, Commercial Counsellor, Pakistan High Commission
    • Moderator: Michael Lawrence, Chief Executive, Asia House

    10.55-11.15        Coffee Break

    11.15-11.20       “The Golden Era” by Counsellor Jin Xu, Minister Counsellor, Economic and Commercial Office, Chinese Embassy in the UK

    11.20-12.15       Panel Discussion: The Belt & Road Initiative – Destination London

    As a truly global financial centre, London is the ideal destination to raise capital, finance projects – and be part of the China-Belt & Road initiative. However, the UK’s decision to leave the European Union has been interpreted as withdraw from globalisation.

    The Belt & Road Initiative aims to connect more than 60 countries to promote open trade and globalisation. How can London and the UK, home to more Chinese investments than any other European country, ensure that with its high concentration of financial services and being a hub for regional and global businesses, can continue play a crucial role to turn this vision into reality? This panel will explore and provide insights on how China and the UK can drive globalisation in a world of increasing protectionism.


    • Peter Budd, Director, Arup
    • Sue Anne Tay, Director, China and RMB Internationalisation, Group Strategy, HSBC Holdings Plc
    • Jimmy Yan ACII, Assistant General Manager, China Taiping Insurance (UK) Co Ltd
    • Moderator: Michael Lawrence, Chief Executive, Asia House

    12.15-12.25 Closing Remarks – Destination East London, by Councillor Ken Clark, Deputy Mayor Newham

    12.25-14.00 Networking Lunch




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