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*Sold Out* KPMG & CanchamHK Presents-The China Series: One Belt, One Road
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Chinese President Xi Jinping first raised the idea of the Silk Road Economic Belt two years ago. It will involve major infrastructure projects like railways, roads, pipelines and power grids. The 'belt' includes countries situated on the original Silk Road through Central Asia, West Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.How will Hong Kong based businesses benefit from this China-led initiative? Join us July 28 and find out more!

When: 28/07/2015
Where: Hong Kong Club
1 Jackson Road, Central
Hong Kong
Contact: Carly Walter

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 KPMG & CanchamHK Presents- The China Series:

One Belt, One Road

Photo Credit: Song Chen
July 28th, 2015
12:00PM - 2:00 PM

Hong Kong Club
1 Jackson Road
Central,Hong Kong
Members: $450
Non-Members: $550
(Business Lunch Provided)
Corporate tables available at $8,000 (up to 12 pax)

Dress Code: Smart Casual. Jeans, T-shirts, tracksuits, shorts, shoes for sports activities and flip-flops are not acceptable. No denim may be worn at any time

About The Event:

Chinese President Xi Jinping first raised the idea of the Silk Road Economic Belt two years ago. It will involve major infrastructure projects like railways, roads, pipelines and power grids. The 'belt' includes countries situated on the original Silk Road through Central Asia, West Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. The initiative calls for the integration of the region into a cohesive economic area through building infrastructure, increasing cultural exchanges, and broadening trade. Apart from this zone, another area that is said to be included in the extension of this 'belt' is South Asia and Southeast Asia. Many of the countries that are part of this 'belt' are also members of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

How will Hong Kong based businesses benefit from this China-led initiative?

Topics also discussed:
  • Why this new policy might be the best idea for addressing China's current shortfall in growth
  • The difference between "The Belt" and "The Road"
  • How the newly instated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is being integrated into this initiative
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About the Speakers:
Nicholas Kwan

Research Director, HKTDC

Nicholas Kwan joined the Hong Kong Trade Development Council in May 2013 as its Research Director. He heads a team of about 30 economists and research professionals, providing research support on all macro-economic and business issues.

Based in Hong Kong, Nick was formerly with Standard Chartered Bank, acted as the bank’s Asia Chief Economist and Head of Research, East, during 2005-2012. In Standard Chartered, Nick managed a team of about 100 economists and other research professionals in foreign exchange, rates, credit, commodities, equities and support functions, located across eight different Asian cities from Seoul to Jakarta. Before Standard Chartered, Nick worked at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) for seven years as a senior manager, specializing in macro-economic and policy research. Prior to the HKMA, Nick was the Regional Chief Economist of Merrill Lynch covering the Asia Pacific region from Korea to India, having based in Singapore and Hong Kong for 11 years. Nick is an economics graduate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, with an MBA from Warwick University in the UK and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.



Carson Wen

Partner of Jones Day, Past Deputy to the National People's Congress of China

Carson Wen has practiced law for 30 years and is a partner of Jones Day, a leading global law firm. He is also Chairman of the Sancus Group of companies with investments in sectors such as new energy and logistics. Mr.Wen has been named as a leading adviser on Chinese law, mergers & acquisitions and capital markets work in Who's Who of the Law, Asia Pacific Legal 500, AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers, Chambers Asia and China's Top 200. He is also named in the International Who's Who and Who's Who of the World.

Mr.Wen was a three-term Deputy to the National People's Congress of China representing Hong Kong. He is also a Justice of the Peace of Hong Kong and held various public service appointments in Mainland China and Hong Kong.

He was the Vice-Chairman and currently Advisor of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong ("DAB").

Mr. Wen is a member of the Business Advisory Council of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and Chairman of its Green Business Task Force. He is also a Director of the Pacific Basin Economic Council.



Julian Vella

Partner, KPMG

Julian is the AsPAC Regional Leader for KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Practice and is a member of KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Leadership team.Julian relocated from Australia to Hong Kong in April 2015.

Until recently, Julian was the National Head of Infrastructure for KPMG Australia for five years during which time the Australian practice grew to become the largest such practice in KPMG globally.

Julian was also a Board member of KPMG Australia for 6 years.
He has extensive experience as a lead adviser on a large range of commercial transactions, particularly in the transport and industrial markets sectors. Julian’s advice to Government organisations and corporations includes advice in respect of: infrastructure projects and financing (including Public Private Partnerships), privatisation, corporate strategy, corporate/debt restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, divestments, and business valuations.

Julian was also a member of the Australian Government’s Infrastructure Financing Working Group which comprised senior public and private sector infrastructure specialists, and was an expert advisory panel established to provide advice to Infrastructure Australia on infrastructure finance policy issues, including to:

• identify and advise on impediments and options for reform to infrastructure finance policy; and

• advise on the role of private finance, user charges and alternative finance models in the provision of public infrastructure.

The Group issued its report to Infrastructure Australia in April 2012.

About the Moderator:

Barrett Bingley

Associate Director - Content Solutions, The Economist Group

Barrett Bingley, Director for CanCham HK’s Executive Committee, is an experienced international manager with background in consulting, government, entrepreneur and corporate strategy.

Currently as the Associate Director for Content Solutions at The Economist Group, Barrett Bingley delivers integrated content, advertising, events and research projects for the commercial banking, asset management, private banking, insurance, technology, telecoms, and internet, legal and consulting/advisory sectors. He specializes in Thought Leadership, Strategic Branding, Content Marketing, Business Development with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

In 2008, Barrett became the Senior Policy Advisor to Hon. David Emerson in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). He oversaw all major policies on file including the Afghanistan/Pakistan file, Africa, and International Governance and Organizations such as the G8. Barrett was also involved with crisis response, most notably when Russia invaded Georgia, the Pakistan Marriot bombing, and the response to the chaos in Somalia.

Background Info About the China Series:

As one of CanCham's Signature Series,the “China Series 2015” draws on the huge success of the “China Series 2014”. The six events of the “China Series 2014” had drawn an attractive audience, and five were sold out events. It was structured to provide practical, near-term insights and assessments for business development in China – in an especially interactive setting. A slate of distinguished speakers and panelists discussed the status of China’s efforts at economic reform, near-term prospects for trade and investment, and new business opportunities for Hong Kong-based companies in China.

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