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Asia House Signature Conference: Asia Trade in the New Global Order

To register your interest in attending please email Anthea Ow, Content Producer, at anthea.ow@asiahouse.co.ukPlaces are limited.



07:45 – 08:30 – Registration and coffee and tea

08:30 – 08:45 – Opening addresses 

  • Michael Lawrence, Chief Executive, Asia House
  • Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, Chairman, Asia House

08:45 – 09:00 – Keynote address by The Hon Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief Executive, Hong Kong SAR

09:00 – 09:15 – Remarks by The Hon Dr. Ceferino S Rodolfo, Undersecretary for Industry Development and Trade Policy, Philippines

09:15 – 10:15 – Panel session 1: ‘Asia and the New Global Trade Era’

  • Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, UK
  • Dr Jonathan Choi, Chairman, Sunwah Group
  • Anne Ruth Herkes, former State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
  • Cesar Purisima, former Secretary of Finance, Republic of the Philippines
  • Timothy Stratford, former Assistant US Trade Representative
  • Michael Lawrence, Chief Executive, Asia House (moderator)

10:15 – 10:45 – Coffee break 

10:45 – 11:00 – Remarks by H.E. Dr Lim Hong Hin, Deputy Secretary-General, ASEAN

11:00 – 12:00 – Panel session 2: ‘Trade and Investment in ASEAN’

  • H.E. Tran Quoc Khanh, Vice Minister of Industry and Trade, Vietnam
  • Christine Ip, Chief Executive Officer, Greater China, United Overseas Bank
  • Carsten Hess, Vice President & Head of Corporate Public Policy, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, DHL
  • Dr Andrea Frenzel, President of the Regional Division South & East Asia, ASEAN and ANZ, BASF
  • Don Kanak, Chairman, Eastspring Investments (moderator)

12:00 – 13:00 – Panel session 3: ‘Connectivity in Asia’

  • Gregory Hodkinson, Chairman, Arup Group
  • Lincoln Leong, Chief Executive Officer, MTR Corporation
  • John Miu, Chief Operating Officer, ABP
  • James Cameron, Co-Head of Infrastructure and Real Estate Group for Asia-Pacific, HSBC
  • Thierry de Longuemar, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, AIIB
  • Jamil Anderlini, Asia Editor, FT (moderator)

13:00 – 13:15 – Closing speech by H.E. Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister of National Development Planning, Indonesia

13:15 – 14:30 – Networking lunch

14:30 – 16:00 – Roundtables (Private events: Invitation-only)

  • Belt & Road: Bridging the Gap to Growth
  • Re-Thinking ASEAN Integration

This may be subject to last minute changes.



The global trade architecture is in the midst of dramatic change. The anti-free trade rhetoric from the US and President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership; the UK’s decision to leave the EU; and growing economic nationalism have triggered a major shake up to the global trade and economic landscape.

In contrast, ASEAN’s push towards economic integration and China’s growing role as a champion of globalisation and free trade have shifted the trade dynamic towards the East. Asia can drive world trade and shape the new trading architecture.

The Belt and Road vision and the urgent need for infrastructure development across the region will drive the development of the new trade order. The UK wants to play a role in its post-EU world, with an ambitious target for a range of new trade deals, while Hong Kong strives to be the super-connector between China and the rest of the world.

This Asia House conference will examine the path to the new global trade order and the shape it will ultimately take.  It will explore the outlook for multilateral trading agreements in view of recent changes, the opportunities and obstacles in regional integration in Southeast Asia, and the role of connectivity as a driver of growth in Asia.

Political and business leaders from Hong Kong, ASEAN member states and the UK, will be assembled to share insights on the transition to the new trading architecture and the opportunities it will provide.



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A range of sponsorship opportunities are available for both the conference. Please contact Charlie Humphreys, Director of Corporate Affairs, at charlie.humphreys@asiahouse.co.uk or on +4420 7307 5452 to find out more.



November 27, 2017


08:00 - 14:30

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One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Central, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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