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Sir Danny Alexander – Vice-President and Corporate Secretary, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Date: Thursday 12th January 2017
Venue: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
Time: 12.30pm Drinks, 1.00pm Lunch
Cost: £78 per person (members and their guests), £95 per person (non members)

Danny_AlexanderThe Guest of Honour at this New Year lunch will be Sir Danny Alexander.

Sir Danny was appointed Vice President, Corporate Secretary and a member of the Executive Management team, of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in February 2016.

The UK was the first major Western country and the first G7 member, to announce its membership; this it did in 2015. The AIIB supports infrastructure projects across Asia and is headquartered in Beijing. Sir Danny’s primary responsibility, as Corporate Secretary, is to act as a focal point of communication among the Board of Directors of AIIB, the leadership team and its shareholders, the Board of Governors.

The Rt Hon Sir Danny Alexander was Chief Secretary to the Treasury between 2010 and 2015, during the coalition government. From 2008 to 2010, he was chief of staff to the Liberal Democrat party leader. Danny Alexander received a knighthood 2015 and is a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University. He studied at Oxford University.

With great thanks to


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The Current Business Climate in Hong Kong

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

Chairman: Douglas Flint, Chairman, Hong Kong Association

Andrew Davis, Head Investment Promotion, InvestHK
Dr Gerard Lyons, Committee Member, Hong Kong Association
David Marsden, Director, UK & Ireland, Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Stephen Phillips, Chief Executive, China Britain Business Council
Plus the representative of one company currently starting up in HK

Date: Wednesday 4th January 2017

Venue: HSBC, 6th Floor, 8 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, E14 5HQ

Time: Seminar 6.30pm – 7.45pm; Reception 7.45pm – 8.15pm

This early evening seminar is designed to be a curtain-raiser to what may well be a significant year – the forthcoming Brexit negotiations and elections in Hong Kong are going to provide added 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 and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council 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 the extremely active cross-boundary commerce 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 HSBC at Canary Wharf. The seminar will start at 6.30pm and drinks will be served from 7.45 pm to 8.30 pm.


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