Navigating the Shanghai Free Trade Zone

Date: Tuesday, 10th June 2014
Time: 15:30-16:30
Venue: The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons

Chaired by Richard Graham MP (Chairman of the APPCG)

  • Chris Davies (Chief Executive Officer International, HSBC Bank plc; Former Deputy CEO, HSBC Bank (China) Company Ltd)
  • Creon Butler (Director, European and Global Issues Secretariat, Cabinet Office)
  • Dr Gerard Lyons (Chief Economic Advisor to Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London)

China launched the Shanghai Pilot Free-Trade Zone in late September last year with the aim of opening up capital account and promoting the process of RMB internationalisation. The zone covers an area integrating four existing bonded zones and is seen as a testing ground for a number of economic reforms. Officials promised a far more open and streamlined environment for foreign firms to do business there, along with the relaxation of policies for the service sectors. Now, eight months later, what are the new developments? Will this, the most important attempt at reform since Communist leader Deng Xiaoping, come to fruition?

APPCG has invited three top experts to give our members and invited guests an overview of the Shanghai FTZ. They will also speak on the business innovation and opportunities for UK businesses.