Game changers and seismic shocks in Asia

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DateThursday, June 05, 2014
Time8:30 - 10:00
Speaker(s)Professor Jean-Pierre Lehmann

Jean-Pierre Lehmann is Emeritus Professor of International Political Economy at IMD and visiting Professor, Faculty of Business and Economics, at Hong Kong University. He is also Founder of the Evian Group – “international coalition of corporate, government and opinion leaders, committed to fostering an open, inclusive, equitable and sustainable global market economy in a rules-based multilateral framework”. His areas of interest include global governance, globalization, trade and development, and business dynamics of Asia.

Comparisons between Europe at the beginning of the 20th century and Asia at the beginning of the 21st are not far-fetched. Just as events that happened in Europe often had rapid global implications – eg a shot in the streets of Sarajevo erupting into a world war – what happens in Asia today will have global implications. It is in that sense that the 21st century is the Asian century and that Asia, extending from the Red Sea to the East/South China Seas, is the proverbial “centre of the universe”. As Europe a century ago, the Asian continent is teeming with buoyant and sometimes potentially explosive events and developments. In the last few days alone a non-exhaustive list includes: outbreak of anti-Chinese riots in Vietnam, the political travails in Thailand, the determination of Japanese PM Abe either to revise or at least reinterpret the security clauses of the Constitution, among others, along with such potentially buoyant game changers as the candidacy for president of “Jokowi” in Indonesia, Narendra Modi’s sweeping victory in India, Moscow’s “pivot” to Beijing…

In looking at these game-changers and shocks, discussion will turn to their potential longer term implications for business and how corporate radar screens should be adjusted.

Event program:
8:30 - 8:45 Registration
8:45 - 9:15 Talk by Professor Jean-Pierre Lehmann
9:15 - 10:00 Q&A, Networking, and Breakfast

Registration: please send e-mail to [email protected] by Sunday, 1 June 2014 to reserve your seat. Due to limited seats, early registration is encouraged. Registration will be on a first-come first-reserved basis.

VenueDot Cod Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar
B4, Basement, Prince's Building
10 Chater Road, Central
Dress CodeBusiness Casual
Registration DeadlineSunday, June 01, 2014

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