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HKA Membership Lunch

Douglas Flint CBE, HM Treasury Special Envoy for the Belt and Road Initiative

Date: Thursday 24th May 2018
Venue: The Cavalry & Guards Club, 127 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7PX
Time: 12.30pm Drinks, 1.00pm Lunch

The Baroness Fairhead CBE, Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion was to have been the Guest of Honour at the Hong Kong Association’s Membership Lunch on 24th May. Unfortunately the Minister has had to pull out of this event due to a new Cabinet level commitment. We are very grateful that the Minister has agreed to find a new later in the year and we will advise Members when that is finalised.

chairman-douglas-flintThe Membership lunch on 24th May will however continue and we are very grateful that our Chairman Douglas Flint CBE, as HM Treasury Special Envoy for the Belt and Road Initiative, will now be our speaker.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was proposed in 2013 by China’s President Xi Jinping. Drawing inspiration from the concept of the Silk Road established during the Han Dynasty 2000 years ago, an ancient network of trade routes that for centuries connected China to the Mediterranean via Eurasia, President Xi proposed a program of investment, cultural and people-people exchanges which would promote economic co-operation and connectivity, primarily through infrastructure investments, among the countries along the proposed routes.

This long-term project now encompasses over 100 countries, extending geographically well beyond the original concept and has already brought about significant trade and investment activity supporting local employment and new business formation.

As the Prime Minister made clear during her recent visit to China, the UK welcomes the economic opportunities presented by the Belt and Road Initiative, noting that the UK sees itself as a natural partner with its unrivalled professional services and project management expertise.

The significant commercial opportunities for the UK, particularly in sustainable infrastructure, financial and legal services, innovation and technology, and public health prompted the Chancellor to appoint a Special Envoy to the Belt and Road Initiative to co-ordinate and project both the UK’s interest and capabilities to work with China to secure the economic benefits envisioned.

Douglas Flint, former Group Chairman of HSBC and Chairman of the Hong Kong Association was invited to take up this role and we are delighted he will share his thoughts on the opportunities, particularly as he will have only recently have returned from a week-long trip to meet with senior government and business leaders in China to promote the UK’s interest in working within this initiative.


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MEMBERSHIP FORUM & RECEPTION 2018

The Hong Kong Business Update : New Administration, New Direction

Keynote Speakers:
Andrew Seaton, Executive Director, British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
Priscilla To, Director General, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (London)

Chairman: Douglas Flint, Chairman, Hong Kong Association

Panel:
José Viñals, Group Chairman, Standard Chartered Bank
Andrew Davis, Head Investment Promotion, InvestHK
David Marsden, Director, UK & Ireland, Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Daniel Melone, Global Operations Director, Euromoniter International
Matthew Rous, Chief Executive, China-Britain Business Council

Date: Thursday 4th January 2018
Venue: Standard Chartered, 1 Basinghall Avenue, London EC2V 5DD
Time: Seminar 6.30pm – 7.45pm; Reception 7.45pm – 8.30pm

This early evening seminar is designed to be a curtain-raiser to what may well be a significant year,  following the Party Congress in Beijing,  with Carrie Lam, Hong Kong Chief Executive, having set out an ambitious agenda in her first Policy Address,  and with the Brexit negotiations adding an element of uncertainty.

The Hong Kong Association, the China-Britain Business Council, the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and InvestHK will together provide authoritative assessment on the current business climate in Hong Kong and how it sits with mainland China and the wider region.  The talk and subsequent discussion is intended to inform, at senior level, companies and individuals who are currently involved commercially in Hong Kong, those considering investing there and those who would gain from assessment of Hong Kong’s rapidly evolving role in respect of trade and investment with mainland China.

The seminar will start with a brief talk, on the HK Government’s measures aimed at ensuring an open and conducive environment for business, by Priscilla To, Director-General of the HKETO. This will be followed by Andrew Seaton, the Director of the British Chamber in Hong Kong, who will give an overview of the current business scene and opportunities. Subsequent discussion and answers to questions will be provided by senior representatives from organisations deeply involved in many of the key questions.

The evening is being very generously hosted by Standard Chartered at their Global Headquarters at 1 Basinghall Avenue. The seminar will start at 6.30pm and drinks will be served from 7.45 pm to 8.30 pm.

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