PBEC Virtual Week 2021

Striving Forward in Asia Pacific
Reflections and Predictions by Leading Experts & Commentators

November 22-26

The Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC – Est. since 1967) the International Think Tank for business leaders will host experts, business leaders, academics, economists & NGOs to assess the key takeaways from the recent global trade and climate summits like G20, COP26 & the APEC Summit and provide their latest perspectives on a range of key topics. The objective and purpose of this high-level PBEC dialogue series of discussions over the week 22-26th November 2021 is to produce concrete future focal areas of interest for APAC policy-makers from a business perspective. These will be synopsised and shared in the form of an official PBEC white paper submission to the APEC Secretariat and APEC Chair prior to the Senior Officials Meeting 1 in Thailand Q1 2022.

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I am pleased to announce PBEC will host its inaugural Virtual Live Week – “Striving Forward in Asia Pacific” from November 22-26th 2021 ahead of this year’s Horasis Asia Meeting. As preparations continue for our inaugural Virtual Week of dialogues, I hope many of you here will be able to join us and engage in the multiple live virtual dialogues being made available free of charge. More details will soon follow. We are gathering PBEC’s network of business leaders, entrepreneurs,…

Horasis Asia Virtual Live Meeting 2021 Date: Friday 26th November 2021. Time: 0730 to 2000L HK/Singapore Time Online: Via www.RuntheWorld.today Event platform Horasis will convene the 2021 Horasis Asia Meeting virtually due to the ongoing covid pandemic on Friday 26th November 2021. The Horasis Asia Meeting will bring together over 400 speakers of the foremost business and political leaders from across Asia and the world. It is a hybrid event allowing everyone to join this unique event and choose what…

PBEC held its bi-monthly Hong Kong members roundtable chaired by our Chairman Andrew Weir MBE on 8th September 2021. Andrew is joined by Vice Chairman Moses Cheng OBE, and two speakers in Anna Lin JP, CEO of GS1 HK & Professor Paulina Chan Chair of IEEE (USA) Hong Kong Branch. Andrew provides his latest regional insights and Anna and Paulina talk about their respective companies’ activities in relation to the facilitation of regional trade, movement, security, safety and traceability of…

OPUS Private – Risk & Security – Helping the International Family PBEC’s Renee Pan sat down this month for a discussion with Founder & CEO of Opus Private Ltd Shane Giles, who is based on the Island of Guernsey, one of the most respected Financial Centres, with a strong reputation for specialising in managing family offices and providing sustainable and green focused wealth management products and services globally. Shane has over 25 years of experience gained through understanding, planning and…

When: Sep 8, 2021 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM Hong Kong SAR Where: Via Zoom Virtually Topic: PBEC Bi-Monthly Members September Meeting Please kindly ensure you register in advance for this webinar – this meeting is strictly for PBEC members, their appointed designates ONLY: Click link here to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rjw5anXYTHqzGBIZR2HpCQ After registering, you will receive an automatic confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have already registered for this meeting, thank you. PBEC Virtual Meeting protocol Please…

Jointly organised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the Belt and Road Summit has been bringing together senior government officials and influential business leaders from markets along and beyond the Belt and Road to exchange insights on multilateral collaboration and create concrete business opportunities since its inception in 2016. Belt and Road Summit leaflet Registration Guide_Pacific Basin Economic Council Programme Highlights Policy Dialogue The policy landscapes and direction on…

I am delighted to announce that Ms. Anna Lin, JP, FCILT Chief Executive of GS1 Hong Kong has been appointed our latest a PBEC – Pacific Basin Economic Council Board of Director. Her appointment is effective immediately and I very much look forward to welcoming Anna and her esteemed senior colleagues to the PBEC family. At the board we encourage all our members to actively participate in the strong advocacy and engagement work we conduct regionally across APAC, with stakeholders,…

Dear PBEC Members, You are cordially invited to attend a High Level Political Forum Side event organised by the UNESCAP Energy Division. Event Name: Invitation to the HLPF Side Event 2021 “Recovering Better from COVID-19 in the Asia-Pacific Region”, When: Virtually live on the 15 July 2021, 18:30 – 20:00 (BKK time) 19:30 -21:00 (HK time) 1230 -1400 (UK time) Event Organiser: UNESCAP Energy Division Sponsored by: Fiji, Pakistan and Philippines Governments. Hosted: UNESCAP Secretariat Bangkok, Thailand   PBEC members…

  The Pacific Basin Economic Council an NGO Think Tank established since 1967, consistently advocates for sustainable economic development that facilitates open trade across borders as the ‘Voice of Business’ within the APAC region. PBEC is a recognised & respected connectivity platform for APEC & ASEAN business leaders to participate and engage with one another. We host, co-organise and lend our support to meaningful partner events, that promise to provide relevant market insights & the latest opportunities for its members…

It will be the first annual space event in the UK (Farnborough) focused on the commercial future of space. Space-Comm Expo has gathered over 80 exhibitors, and 45 speakers to deliver two days of business opportunities, and are supported by UK Space Agency, UK Space, and the European Space Agency. Leading companies such as Airbus, BAE, Northrup Gramman, Lockheed Martin, Inmarsat and many others will be exhibiting on the exhibition floor. Link to event website:  https://www.space-comm.co.uk/ Link to visitor registration: …

            Wellington, New Zealand, 25 June 2021 Issued by the APEC Finance Ministers’ Process Finance ministers and business leaders from the 21 APEC member economies convened virtually on Friday 25th June 2021 to discuss the ongoing responses for businesses, especially micro, small and medium enterprises, during the pandemic, as well as the policies economies can focus on to help businesses recover. New Zealand Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson hosted the Informal…

US-PECC would like to invite Pacific Basin Economic Council Members to its annual Policy Forum event. This year’s theme is Strengthening Trade and Economic Ties in the Indo-Pacific. In recent years, leading economies in the Indo-Pacific concluded two major plurilateral trade agreements that exclude the United States. The Biden administration has expressed a desire to reverse this trend by re-engaging with multilateral institutions and bolstering economic engagement in this critical region. However, the domestic political environment makes neither U.S. accession…

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Title: Notice of The Pacific Basin Economic Council  AGM 2020 When: Tue 29th June 2021 at 1600L to 1730L (Beijing, HK time) Where: KPMG Board Room, 8th Floor Princes Building, Central, HK. We are planning a hybrid hosted event. A small group gathering locally (subj to regulations) and virtually accessible over zoom for all overseas members. This is your  Notice of Meeting for the 2020 Annual General Meeting scheduled to be held in Hong Kong on Tuesday, 24th June 2021…

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The Future is Everywhere – Adapt and Achieve The 10th China Business Forum held by the London Business School Date: Sat 15th & Sun 16th May 2021 – Virtual Forum Forum Timing over the two days: BST 9:00 – 15:00  / Beijing Time: 16:00 – 22:00  Event Description: The London Business School students running this year’s ‘China Business Forum’ are once again providing the platform to share their own unique response to world events that have been influencing the global…

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The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) committing to work together to support Asia’s energy transition and mobilise greater private capital for renewable energy. The agreement was signed by AIIB President Jin Liqun and IRENA Director-General, Francesco La Camera, at a virtual ceremony to mark the new partnership. President Jin remarked upon how the Bank and IRENA will work together to accelerate investment and enhance awareness of…

Company overview A Hong Kong based wine importer and exporter. Grand Glory was established in July 2019 and specializes in French wines. It has a service-oriented concept, “Click & Pay, whilst we deliver”. It aims to provide its customers with the most favourable choice, availability and fast checkout and delivery coupled with the most customer friendly and convenient service. What we list on our website is what we have in stock. Free shipping with the purchase of 4 bottles or…

By David H. Brown of Imperial College Business School David Brown is the Director of Executive Education at Imperial College Business School. It is a role that he has held since 2018, helping to pioneer innovative programmes for organisations and individuals around the globe. But David’s journey in education and training began much earlier, as a teenager working for his father’s business in his native Birmingham, England. It was here that he discovered the true value of leadership development. The…

About us: As part of Imperial College London, a global leader in science and technology, we drive global business and social transformation through the fusion of business, technology and an entrepreneurial mindset. We combine innovative thinking and insight with new technology to develop solutions to real world issues, benefiting business and improving society. Our world-leading researchers pioneer practical solutions and their research excellence informs our postgraduate and Executive Education programmes. Our thought leadership is sought by governments, policy-makers and global business leaders, who often partner with us on research projects. We attract…

                An employer solution for trade leadership development To succeed in our complex, fast-changing global trade environment, companies need to attract and retain the best leadership talent with 21st-century skill. The Master of Global Trade was developed by employers, for employers, in collaboration with the Hinrich Foundation and RMIT University to help your business grow sustainably. The Master of Global Trade is a blended learning program designed so your rising stars can work full…

In so many ways, the world has been turned upside down and inside out by the Covid-19 pandemic. In the world of investment migration, demand has never been stronger for residence and citizenship alternatives around the world, with even more of the world’s wealthy assembling an assortment of options. Having for many years been located in Singapore, Dominic Volek moved to Dubai in late 2020, where the time zone is ideal to fulfil his current roles as a member of…

Sands China Ltd has announced a discretionary allowance for more than 26,000 eligible full-time team members, completing the set of all six Macau concessionaires to have confirmed employee bonuses. The discretionary allowance, to be paid on 8 February, will be equivalent to one month’s salary capped at MOP$45,000 which the company says is in gratitude of team members’ dedication and contributions in 2020. The discretionary allowance will benefit 99% of Sands China employees, it added. “First of all, our special…

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Click here to download event brochure With the theme this year of “Venturing for Success: Resilience, Growth & Opportunities”, CVCF 2021 will give a brand-new hybrid experience to engage a wider audience and industry stakeholders, featuring the Asia and global venture landscape, the latest GBA market opportunities, SPAC, ESG, family office, emerging/rising tech in the post-COVID era as well as the promising Cyberport’s unicorn journey. This event will also feature workshops, start-up clinic, innovator showcases, and the exclusive investor matching…

Download the JanaJal_presentation here We had an opportunity to sit down with Founder & CEO Dr. Parag Agarwal from JanaJal. JANAJAL WOW has recently been selected by the Govt of India for implementation of $50 Billion drinking water scheme by 2024. JanaJal envisions building India’s first water-sharing economy and the largest decentralized water distribution network through the installation and operation of water ATMs. The company is working to make safe drinking water available, accessible, and affordable to the common man…

You tube link: https://youtu.be/XPNU_eSorGg PBEC hosted CCB Malaysia Senior Vice President Chong Fook Jade who shared and described CCB Bank’s Smart Matchmaking Digital Trade Platform that was launched a year ago during the pandemic. CCB Match Plus is a smart matchmaking platform safely connecting businesses that cannot trade easily in today’s disrupted markets. As one of the largest banks in China, CCB has assets of more than RMB27 trillion, ranking second in the world in terms of market capitalization. CCB…

Topic: ‘A Catalyst for Change – A PBEC & ESBN Dialogue on the Future of Sustainable Finance’ When: Wed 24 March 2021 0800-0930L (BKK Local Time) Where: Zoom Virtual Webinar Meeting Watch the event recording here on Youtube:   Listen to the event recording here on Soundcloud PBEC.org · A Catalyst for Change – A PBEC Dialogue on the Future of Sustainable Finance   “To meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by the target year of 2030, ESCAP estimates that…

Expert Speakers: Dr. Moses Cheng  GBM, GBS, OBE, JP, Chairman of the Hong Kong Insurance Authority Peter J. Crewe Former CEO of AIA Hong Kong and Macao & Senior Advisor/Non-Executive to the AIA Group. Moderator: Michael Walsh PBEC – Pacific Basin Economic Council CEO Recorded in late December 2020 exclusively for PBEC.    Watch the webinar here Michael Walsh PBEC CEO opens with a brief introduction of PBEC, both men’s backgrounds and roles in their respective expert fields. We…

PBEC in conjunction with PBEC Corporate members Cyberport HK & CMGE (HKG:0302) lent its support to fellow NGO www.APRU.org who helped organise and host an E-Sports Asia related “MetaGame Conference” on Day 2 at DELF2020 on December 12th. Questions like: What role does Hong Kong Esports play in the regional and international Esports ecosystem? What are the ways that government, higher-education, and industry cultivate a thriving Esports ecosystem? Were posed to array of regional and global experts, investors and players. Mr…

PBEC hosted business leaders and economists from Hong Kong & Malaysia for the final episode of PBEC dialogue series 2020 in December on the “Future of Supply Chains in Asia”. This concluded a series of dialogues around the subject of supply chains in the APAC region. In this episode we get to hear from Anson Bailey of KPMG who provides a wonderful presentation on the Future of Sourcing: 2021 and Beyond. A report recently published by KPMG China in conjunction…

A Keynote presentation by GuardTime Advisory Board Member David Piesse exclusively for Pacific Basin Economic Council. Pre-recorded on 03/12/2020 This presentation to PBEC forms part of our Dialogue Series on “The Future of Supply Chains in Asia” and it covers the following topics in a fascinating talk: ● Megatrends reshaping Supply Chains ● Operational Resilience ● Challenges facing physical Supply Chains ● Digital and Physical Twins in Blockchain ● Trust but Verify Significance ● Data Integrity – Enhancing your existing…

In a recent quote from a McKinsey Report on Vietnam. ‘If we improve women’s economic engagement in Vietnam, we can add up to $40B USD to the economy annually.’ Shouldn’t gender equality be a business conversation. In PBEC’s latest webinar dialogue series 2020, we brought together a group of leading women from and based in Vietnam to share what its like to live and work in Vietnam today given Covid and provide their own perspectives, market insights & its future…

                A review of the Investment Market in World Football 2020 – An interview with leading professional – Professor Dr. Simon Chadwick from EMLYON Business School in Paris, France and Shanghai, China. As part of the PBEC Webinar Roundtable Dialogue Series 2020, we welcomed Professor Dr. Simon Chadwick from Emlyon Business School based in Paris , France and Shanghai China. The co-author of Managing Football, he kindly shared his latest market insights into…

Horasis held its first digital Extraordinary Meeting on 1st October 2020 with the theme of Unite. Inspire. Create. The meeting brought together heads of state, prime ministers and other government representatives as well as CEOs and entrepreneurs from around the world. 900 speakers contributed to the discussion of themes spanning politics, business and civil society across 150 sessions – the largest online meeting held by any organisation so far. The discussions through the meeting covered a wide range of issues…

The audio file for the Webinar details attached in PPT: https://soundcloud.com/pbec-org/gba-latin-america-deepening-linkages Below are the i-cloud recording of the Meeting: Topic: GBA & LATAM Linkages – China’s support for Latin American states during the pandemic is reaping diplomatic dividends for existing & future trade opportunities – dialogue discussion Start Time : Aug 26, 2020 09:19 PM Visual video file for YouTube or equivalent: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/YCOlXmBISmUnInM3glIpzEKKzwP2Eyq01ZJIOzZRi8IJ4yHZghtQjs4EwCQzpupc_1QR7m0W6sFdv6Cc.LejD0PtAu_hwMvN7 Audio file for Podcast: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/jZ_tH1EN4IQAnmIg8dPJGbD7P6O4c0Q5t6kW4n8rPcFvqwvhm4G4APZd1xjWKJQAESqQthx6rYv7MGcb.C_jh83l_u4ovw2B1 Access Passcode: 2AzP7?yu The slide deck: 20200826_PBEC Webinar Latam GBA Master slide deck

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Issue: 011 – October 2021

CHINA REACTS TO TAIWAN’S FTA BID: China has responded strongly to Taiwan’s bid to become a member of the CPTPP FTA. Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao said in Beijing China firmly opposed official interactions with Taiwan and rejected its accession to any agreement or organization of an official nature.

JAPANESE AMBASSADOR TALKS FTA WITH AUSTRALIA: Japan’s Ambassador to Australia Shingo Yamagami met with Trade Minister Tehan earlier in the week. In what Yamagami-san later described on Twitter as a “deep discussion,” their talks included the CPTPP FTA. Japan is currently chair of the CPTPP Commission.

AUSTRALIAN MINISTER’S MAJOR TRIP: Trade Minister Tehan has embarked on an extensive trip with key trade meetings in Jakarta, Delhi, Dubai, Paris and London. He will be seeking to progress an “early harvest” FTA with India, explore FTA talks with the UAE, finalize the UK FTA and keep EU FTA talks moving forward.

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