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Asian Financial Forum 2015
I attended the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong on 19-20 January 2015 followed by participation in an Invest in Australia mission arranged by BRIC and China expert, David Thomas of Think Global Consulting, to both Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China from 21-23 January 2015.

The purpose in my visit was to further understand this significantly growing region in the Asia Pacific region as well as be able to hear from global finance commentators given the current challenges and volatility in global finance.

The background to this visit arises from:

  • having a number of clients who have attended this forum in previous years; 
  • having a number of clients and members of The Executive Connection (TEC) who are now doing business in Hong Kong and China;
  • the then Australian Government in 2012 releasing their white paper on Australia in the Asian Century (although noting some initiatives may change with both changes in government and economic conditions since then, particularly commodity prices) ; and
  • the conclusion of an understanding between the Australian and Chinese governments to enter the Australia China Free Trade Agreement in 2014 with an infographic below showing the extent of Australia China trade in 2013
The agenda for the Asian Financial Forum is here and my Invest in Australia Mission delegate profile, in both English and Mandarin, is here.

A summary of my key points from relevant sessions and my general observations on doing business in this region is posted here.

I have also included and attached my Capability and Services profile here.

Associated Posts

  • Seeking flow of funds to/from China One of the opportunities available to delegates to the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong on 20 January 2015 was to participate in a "Deal Flow" or business matching session ...
    Posted 9 Feb 2015, 20:19 by Peter Black
  • Inside the Chinese Mind I had the benefit on the Invest in Australia Mission of being introduced to Geoff Baker, originally an Australian lawyer and investment banker, who co-authored with his Chinese ...
    Posted 8 Feb 2015, 16:49 by Peter Black
  • Audience with Nobel Laureate economist Paul Krugman The keynote luncheon speaker at the Asian Financial Forum on Tuesday 20 January 2015 in Hong Kong was Nobel Prize winning economist and New York Times columnist Professor Paul Krugman ...
    Posted 7 Feb 2015, 17:16 by Peter Black
  • Running your business in China in Google Apps - NOT! Before going into China, I had been vaguely aware that the Chinese government had blocked Google access but had not really paid any attention to it as I did not ...
    Posted 7 Feb 2015, 17:18 by Peter Black
  • Importance of Chinese personal and business names I mentioned in my earlier post "Being prepared to do business in China" about the development of appropriate personal and business names to conduct business in China. The process behind ...
    Posted 9 Feb 2015, 20:37 by Peter Black
  • Dealing with the CIA in Asia Before the Central Intelligence Agency from the US gets worried, I have "hijacked" the acronym CIA to represent what I have concluded is the significant market opportunity sitting to the ...
    Posted 7 Feb 2015, 20:43 by Peter Black
  • China and Hong Kong centre of the world I hadn't appreciated until reading the Business tips on the Qantas inflight system on the trip to Hong Kong that China actually means "Central Nation" - which has its origins ...
    Posted 7 Feb 2015, 20:46 by Peter Black
  • Australia open for business As  a prelude to the Asian Financial Forum in Kong Kong, the Invest in Australia mission delegates were fortunate to have Australian Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg join us for drinks ...
    Posted 7 Feb 2015, 21:00 by Peter Black
  • Being prepared to do business in China After making the decision and commitment in October 2014 to participate in the Invest in Australia Mission in Hong Kong and China from 17-23 January 2015, including the Asian ...
    Posted 7 Feb 2015, 21:02 by Peter Black
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