The Asia House Annual Outlook 2023
Asia House is convening leading policy and business figures to discuss the findings of its flagship report, The Asia House Annual Outlook 2023, during a hybrid conference on 25 January.
Benjamin E Diokno, The Philippines’ Finance Secretary and Anne-Marie Trevelyan, UK Minister for Indo-Pacific, will give a keynote speech at the conference, held at Asia House, London, to launch the report. Digital audiences will be able to join the discussion via Zoom.
The Asia House Annual Outlook 2023 examines the prospects for Asia in the year ahead as the global economy faces a range of challenges. The conference will explore the report’s key findings, including the outlook for eight Asian economies: China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines.
The agenda for the conference is as follows:
- Introductory remarks by Asia House Chairman Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint
- Keynote remarks by UK Minister for Indo-Pacific Anne-Marie Trevelyan
- Presentation of Asia House Annual Outlook 2023 research findings by Asia House Head of Research and Advisory Zhouchen Mao
- Panel discussion and Q&A with HSBC Chief Economist Janet Henry, former Indonesian Trade Minister Tom Lembong, and Moody’s Global Head of Sovereign and Sub-sovereign risk Marie Diron
- Keynote presentation by Philippines’ Finance Secretary Benjamin E Diokno
- Closing remarks by conference moderator and Asia House Chief Executive Michael Lawrence
The latest update to the Asia House Economic Readiness Indices – which track capacity for green finance and digitalisation across Asia – will also be discussed during the event, moderated by Asia House Chief Executive, Michael Lawrence.
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Benjamin E Diokno, The Philippines’ Finance Secretary
Benjamin E Diokno is the current Secretary of the Department of Finance (DOF) of the Philippines. Prior to his appointment as fiscal chief, he served as Governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) from 2019 to 2022. Before taking charge of monetary affairs, he served as Budget Secretary under three presidents where he pursued an expansionary fiscal policy to finance investments in human capital development and public infrastructure. Secretary Diokno has extensive experience in implementing reforms in the public sector, having also served as Budget Undersecretary from 1986 to 1991 and Budget Secretary from 1998 to 2001. He is Professor Emeritus of the University of the Philippines-Diliman.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, UK Minister for Indo-Pacific
Anne-Marie Trevelyan was appointed as a Minister of State (Indo-Pacific) in the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office on 26 October 2022*.
Anne-Marie was previously Secretary of State for Transport between 6 September 2022 and 25 October 2022. She was Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade from 15 September 2021 to 6 September 2022. Previously Anne-Marie was the UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency between 7 November 2020 and 6 September 2022. She was Minister of State (Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change) at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from January 2021 to September 2021.
Janet Henry, Global Chief Economist, HSBC
Janet Henry was appointed as HSBC’s Global Chief Economist in August 2015 and is responsible for all HSBC’s economic forecasts and thematic economic research output globally. She was previously HSBC’s Chief European Economist and is a member of Handelsblatt’s Shadow ECB Council. Much of her research has focused on globalisation – including the global determinants of local inflation – and the political and economic challenges of the post global financial crisis era, notably labour market disruption and the implications of income and wealth inequality within major advanced economies. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Janet’s work has focused on the labour market implications, evolving inflation dynamics and policy challenges of the unprecedented recession and recovery.
Thomas Lembong, Director, Consilience Policy; Former Minister of Trade & Minister of Investment, Republic of Indonesia; Co-Founder, Quvat Management Pte Ltd
Thomas Lembong served as the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board Chairman from July 2016 to October 2019 and the Indonesian Minister of Trade from August 2015 to July 2016. Prior to that, he was co-founder, Chief Executive Officer at Quvat Management Pte Ltd, a private equity fund established in 2006.
Before cofounding Quvat, Thomas had extensive experience in the financial sector, working amongst others for Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley. From 2000-2002, he was also a Senior Official at the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA), a government-led economic programme set up to restructure Indonesia’s banks and private sector non-performing loans following the 1997/98 Asian Financial Crisis.
Marie Diron, Managing Director – Global Head of Sovereign and Sub-Sovereign Risk, Moody’s Investors Service
Marie Diron is global head of Moody’s Sovereign and Sub-Sovereign Risk Group, with responsibility for credit ratings on countries, regional and local governments, public sector entities and multilateral development banks. She is also Moody’s Investors Service lead coordinator on ESG monitoring and integration across asset classes. Marie was previously lead sovereign analyst for a number of Asia Pacific credits including Australia, China, India and some frontier market sovereigns. She then managed the Asia Pacific sovereign team, before expanding her responsibilities to today’s global role. Before joining Moody’s, Marie was Director at Oxford Economics, after spending a number of years at the European Central Bank and Brevan Howard LLP.
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