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PBEC Calendar Events for 2014-15

16 Jan 2015: IP in the Boardroom: What Independent Directors Need to Know! (Hong Kong)
19 Jan 2015: PBEC Dinner: The Future of Money (Hong Kong)

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PBEC membership is comprised of senior business leaders with interests in Asia Pacific.

Engaged and committed to expanding trade and investment in the region, PBEC members forge business relationships and address emerging issues most likely to affect the development of our globalized economies.

PBEC’s multinational membership includes senior executives from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Ecuador, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, The Philippines, Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, and the United States.


To best service our members’ interests, PBEC has identified cross-sector issues and developed policy recommendations in:

  • Trade, Finance, and Economic Development
  • Human Capital Development
  • Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Infrastructure Development and Maintenance

PBEC Co-Organize the Horasis Global China Meeting

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On 13-14 October 2014, the 10th Horasis Global China Business Meeting took place at Lake Como, Italy. The event gathered a collective audience of 300 entrepreneurs and government officials. The Meeting was organised by Horasis in partnership with The European House – Ambrosetti, the China Federation of Industrial Economics and the Lombardy Region.

The 2014 Global China Business Meeting set out to highlight China’s economic future against a background of profound global challenges. China is making an important contribution to the world economy – it has been a source of dynamism in a weak and hesitant global recovery

PBEC Chairman and Horasis co-Chair Mr. Wilfred Wong addressed the audience and encouraged Chinese entrepreneurs to recognize and harness the momentum created by global opportunities with business models that fulfil the expectations of global markets,’

PBEC members Mr. Anson Chan and Mr. Colin Hill discuss the strategies needed to hedge against various kinds of risk in doing business in China.


MexCham and PBEC Create Pacific Business Alliance

Hong Kong Thursday 3 April 2014: Today the Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC) and the Mexican Chamber of Commerce (MexCham) signed a Memorandum of Co-operation signifying a new era in trade and business connections across the Pacific Rim and the active Mexican business community in Hong Kong.


PBEC co-organize the Horasis Global Russia Meeting

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PBEC co-organized the Horasis the fifth Global Russia Business Meeting in Valencia, Spain on 6-7 April 2014. The meeting was co-hosted by the City of Valencia and supported by several Russian business organizations. The Global Russia Business Meeting is one of the foremost annual gatherings of leaders in business and government to share visions on opportunities in Russia and the world at large.

At this pivotal time, the Global Russia Business Meeting convened about 300 senior executives to take a practical look at what policies and strategies can support the aspirations of Russian firms. The meeting provided an opportunity for an in-depth dialogue between Russian and global business leaders.

Global Russia co-Chair and PBEC Chairman Emeritus Dr. Vachara Phanchet discuss the changing economic climate with Horasis Chairman Dr. Frank Richter.

PBEC Director Krestine Corbin at the PBEC sponsored nightcap mixer following the opening gala dinner.


PBEC Speaker Series

PBEC Leading Speaker Series - Dinner 13 Jan 2014

Competition and Competitiveness: The Challenge for Asia

Join us for an intimate evening of meaningful discussion about one of the most compelling issues of the day … Competition in Asia. The Global Financial Crisis and its aftermath have created a new normal with slower economic growth, disruptions to trade, battered financial systems, and policy uncertainty in major economies. Competition has become tougher and improving competitiveness has become more important than ever before.

As others have faltered, Asia has been a comparative bright spot, and the world is looking to Asia to be a prime engine of economic growth. However, there is good reason to believe that the next phase of Asia’s development may be more difficult than the last.

Asia will have to generate more of its own demand than has been the case previously. Only a few Asian economies have moved beyond the middle income level and the reality is that Asian economies are far less competitive than traditional competitiveness indices would lead us to believe. Well-trained people are in short supply, governance structures need improvement, regional economic integration is limited, and Asian financial systems remain, on average, underdeveloped.

The key question is how economies in Asia can prosper in this challenging environment.

Professor Michael Enright, a leading expert on Asia’s development, and a leading adviser to governments, corporations, and multilateral agencies, will address what Asia needs to do to improve competitiveness and meet the new competitive challenges.


PBEC Co-Organize Global China Business Meeting

Update: Click here to download the full event report.

PBEC co-organized the Global China Business Meeting, the foremost annual gathering of Chinese business leaders and their global counterparts. Co-hosted by the City of The Hague, The Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion and the China Federation of Industrial Economics, this Horasis meeting on China provides an ideal platform to discuss the critical factors behind China's rise to global eminence.

PBEC Chairman Wilfred Wong (far left) along with hosts welcome participants during the virtual ribbon cutting ceremony.

Chinese and international entrepreneurs discussed the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead to achieve China's next step of economic development.

PBEC Chairman Emeritus Dr. Vachara Phanchet shared his views on China-ASEAN opportunities.

PBEC Director Colin Hill talked about non-financial risk factors and how to mitigate them.

The Global China Business Meeting took place in The Hague, The Netherlands, 10-11 November 2013.

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PBEC Chairman Speaks at APEC – Beijing July 2013

The final session of this two day Forum focused on Hong Kong.

In the run-up to the APEC CEO Summit to be held in China in 2014, APEC China conducted a Forum with many international business luminaries and China Government leaders. 

This Forum included participation by PBEC Chairman Wilfred Wong Ying-wai who joined a panel of leading Hong Kong business personalities and renowned film director Stanley Tong. The session entitled New Opportunities in Hong Kong, took place in Beijing on Sunday 13 July 2013.

The panellists engaged in a lively conversation about China’s future and Hong Kong’s role in servicing that future. For the first time in two days a Q&A session was enthusiastically embraced with PBEC’s Chairman and Mr Tong fielding a great number of questions on sustainability and the opportunities for development beyond the east coast of the country.  


PBEC co-organize Global India Business Meeting

PBEC is co-organizing the Horasis Global India Business Meeting on 23-24 June in Belfast, Northern Ireland, co-hosted by the Northern Irish government and the City of Belfast. The Global India Business Meeting is the foremost annual gathering of Indian business leaders and their global counterparts.

In a vulnerable global economic environment, India remains one of the world’s growth engines. To attain India’s aspirations will require bold and actionable ideas, as well as strong leadership directed towards delivering inclusive economic growth. With the Global India Business Meeting, Horasis engages business and government to evolve a roadmap for leveraging entrepreneurship for inclusive growth and development.


PBEC Co-Organize Horasis Global Russia Business Meeting

PBEC Chairman Emeritus Dr. Vachara Phanchet, with Horasis Chairman Frank Richter, and his Excellency Nicos Anastasiades, President of Cyprus.

PBEC Co-organized the 4th Global Russia Business Meeting, held in Limassol, Cyprus on April 14-15. More than 300 senior leaders from business and government met and discussed how recent events have affected Russian businesses.

This year's meeting was most opportune and particularly relevant to provide a holistic and timely perspective on the future direction for Russia, as well as for Cyprus' as its dealing with its current financial crisis.

Opening reception at the Four Seasons, Limassol.


The Global Economic Outlook and China's Reform Challenge

Mr. Sean Maher
Consultant Economist, PBEC
Group Strategist, Quam Financial Services

Date: Monday, 4 March 2013
Time: 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Venue: Hong Kong Room, 1st Floor
The Hong Kong Club
(1 Jackson Road, Central, Hong Kong)

The slowdown of the global economy is forcing many economies to refocus on domestic policies as demand and consumption decline. This is placing pressure on China’s own economic growth as export-led growth is affected.

PBEC Participates in Horasis Global Russia Business Meeting

More than 300 senior leaders from business and government will meet at the 4th Global Russia Business Meeting in Limassol, Cyprus, from 14 to 15 April 2013. The event is co-Chaired by PBEC Chairman Emeritus Dr. Vachara Phanchet, and the event is organized with the support of the Government of Cyprus and the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA). The meeting is also supported by a host of leading Russian business organizations.

The Global Russia Business Meeting is the foremost annual gathering of Russian business leaders outside Russia. The aim of the 2013 meeting is to stimulate thought and action for Russian firms' sustained economic success in a globalised world.



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