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    Asia House hosts ASEAN diplomats for UK economy briefing

    Published On: 4 November 2020

    Asia House hosted London-based ambassadors, high commissioners and diplomats from all 10 ASEAN nations on 3 November for a briefing on the UK’s economic prospects.

    Diplomats from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam joined the briefing to hear insights from HSBC on the UK economy amid the challenges of COVID-19 and an uncertain Brexit.

    Convened by Asia House on behalf of the ASEAN London Committee (ALC), the briefing aimed to equip the diplomats with the latest high-quality analysis on the UK’s economic prospects, and how British policies could shape its engagement with Southeast Asian nations.

    The discussion, chaired by Asia House Chief Executive Michael Lawrence, saw opening remarks by His Excellency First Admiral (Rtd) Pengiran Dato Seri Pahlawan, High Commissioner for Brunei and Chair of the ALC, and Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, Group Head of Public Affairs, HSBC.

    The ALC were then briefed by Liz Martins, UK Economist, HSBC, who shared insightful and in-depth analysis on the trends shaping the UK economy. Martins took a range of questions from the diplomats, including those on the government’s labour reskilling agenda; the UK’s trade priorities in Asia; and the broader changes that COVID-19 is likely to herald across the world economy.

    The ALC is an organisation of the ASEAN diplomatic missions in the UK and aims to strengthen ASEAN-UK ties through various activities and initiatives. Chairmanship of the ALC is rotated among ASEAN heads of mission every six months; Brunei took over from Vietnam in July 2020.

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