8th Wee Cho Yaw Singapore-China Finance and Banking Forum, Singapore

"Financing Infrastructure and Promoting Free Trade"

Co-organised by CAMRI and China Business Centre

Thursday, 14 July 2016
2:30pm – 5:00pm 

Pacific 3 Ballroom, Level 1, Pan Pacific Singapore
7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039595 (Map & Directions)

Dress Code: Office Attire

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Abstract

The year ahead will be challenging for the global economy with headwinds that will likely slow global trade. China’s weakening economy, higher interest rates in the US, plunging commodity prices coupled with global deflationary forces present a testing time for world leaders. To tackle these trends, world leaders have turned to two elements for global economic growth – freedom of cross-border trade and investment. The WTO system, conceived as a global system to foster free trade, has been found to be effective if overlaid by regional free trade agreements, the first of which was the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

In Asia, we witnessed the birth of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and a contending regional free trade agreement – the China-Asean Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) – sponsored by China. China's “One Belt, One Road” initiative calls for greater economic connectivity and cooperation amongst countries situated along the Silk Road linking China with Europe, South-east Asia, Africa and the Middle East in terms of investment, particularly infrastructure investment. The question is whether these initiatives will add up to a transformative force in bringing prosperity to the region and globally.

Our distinguished speakers and panellists will explore these complex and other pertinent issues including financing infrastructure and free trade pacts to invigorate the world economy.

Programme

2:30pm    Registration

3:00pm    Panel Discussion, followed by Q&A Session

5:00pm    Networking Tea Reception

Distinguished Panellists (Names in alphabetical order)

Mr Yaseen ANWAR
Senior Advisor, ICBC Singapore & Former Governor, Central Bank of Pakistan

Mr CHEN Aiping
Chairman & Executive Director, ICBC Asia

Mr Darius LILAOONWALA
Head, IFC Global Infrastructure Fund

Mrs LIM Hwee Hua
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, NUS Business School & Former Minister, Singapore Prime Minister's Office

Mr WONG Heang Fine
Group CEO, Surbana Jurong

Moderator

Professor Anthony NEOH, QC, SC, JP
Dean's Visiting Professor, NUS Business School; Hong Kong Bar & Former Chief Adviser, China Securities Regulatory Commission


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Past Forums: 

The 7th Wee Cho Yaw Singapore-China Finance and Banking Forum in Beijing (18 June 2015) "China at the Financial Economic Crossroads: The Critical Next Steps"

The 6th Wee Cho Yaw Singapore-China Finance and Banking Forum in Singapore (25 July 2014) "Rethinking the Concept of Service in the Financial Services Industry"

The 5th Wee Cho Yaw Singapore-China Finance and Banking Forum in Shanghai (31 July 2013) "China's Asset Management Industry: The Opportunities and Challenges"

The 4th Wee Cho Yaw Singapore-China Finance and Banking Forum in Singapore (12 June 2012) "The Internationalisation of the Renminbi"

The 3rd Wee Cho Yaw Singapore-China Finance and Banking Forum in Shanghai (2 September 2011) "Private Equity Forum: The Singapore-China Axis"


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