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Belt and Road Initiative: Connecting China to the world

Connecting China to the world

The Belt and Road Initiative is set to reinvigorate the seamless flow of capital, goods and services between Asia and the rest of the world, by promoting further market integration and forging new ties among communities. It also offers global businesses unparalleled opportunities to tap into new markets along the Belt and Road geography and to gain deeper access to markets in China, ASEAN, Middle East, and Europe.

As President Xi expressed in the quote -“Finance is the lifeblood of modern economy. Only when the blood circulates smoothly can one grow” -financial integration, one of the top five cooperation priorities, is considered as an important underpinning for implementing The Belt and Road Initiative. It requires openness, development and integration in the financial industry, including cross-border economic zones, regulatory coordination, flexible and efficient investments and financing and innovative financial services.

Attend The Belt and Road Initiative conference to share professional insights, discuss future trends and seek business opportunities arising from The Belt and Road Initiative.

Key focus areas:


Broadening China’s market access


Prerequisites for a diversified financial system


Public-Private Partnership (PPP) financing on infrastructure and energy projects


Strong demand for cross-border and regional financial infrastructure and services


Active partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations


China and U.S. calling the shape of global trade to come

The Belt and Road Initiative- Friday 25 May 2018


Registration and morning networking


Welcome address

Leadership Dialogue: Connecting China to the world
The Belt and Road Initiative has become the centrepiece of China's economic diplomacy. The essence of B&R is to promote regional and cross-continental connectivity between China to Eurasia, the Middle East and Africa. Furthermore, it paves the way for new patterns of financial cooperation; it enhances and maximises global trade along the route of B&R, as well as creates opportunities for international collaboration through mutually beneficial initiatives.

  • Broadening China’s market access to trade opportunities, and financial investments through implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative
  • Opportunities and challenges encountered by the domestic financial industry due to the policy
  • Chinese enterprises seizing the opportunity to go global
  • Prerequisites for adiversified financial system in the enforcement of Belt and Road Initiative

Speakers/panellists include:

Chaired by
Mathew Welch, International Resource Director, The Asian Banker


Tea/ coffee break


Public-Private Partnership (PPP) financing on infrastructure and energy projects along the Belt and Road
The investment in infrastructure such as transportation, ports, energy and telecommunication lies at the centre of the Belt and Road Initiative. Some projects are funded through government-to-government grants and some others utilise the traditional export credit models. However, most projects require a more complexand diversefinancing model, such as PPP.

  • PPPs promoted by China's government: From theory to practice
  • The role of multilateral financial institutions
  • PPP financing for major infrastructure projects: New criteria to be met
  • Financial innovation in PPP

Speakers/panellists include:

Chaired by Hwa Erh-cheng, Chief Economist, Baoshang Bank


Strong demand for enhanced cross-border and regional financial infrastructure and services
The Belt and Road Initiative connects more than 65 countries with six economic corridors. The initiative breaks down trade barriers to create open, broad, deep and balanced regional economic coordination and financial integration.

  • Innovativecooperation and exchange along the B&R
  • Regional financial openness and collaboration
  • Active partnership with ASEAN

Speakers/panellists include:

Chaired by Bill Chua, International Resource Director, The Asian Banker




China and U.S. calling the shape of global trade to come
The recent trade frictions between China and U.S. are challenging the global trade environment. In the 1920s, British firms held 40 percent of the global stock of foreign direct investment. By the 1960s, America had assumed that role. China is likely to be next as it is the world’s largest nation, its economy has quintupled in the last 25 years and its state bank supplies over half the world’s liquidity. While the U.S. retreats from the world stage, China is engaging, learning and adapting. Along the way, it is developing more and more confidence at the global negotiating table. Politicians might make promises to protect national borders, but global markets will continue to shape the world. This session offers a platform to discuss where is the global trade heading to after the frictions between the two biggest economies in the world.

  • US-China trade war and new trends of globalization
  • Country risk prevention
  • Is China lending too much money abroad?
  • When will the RMB replace the US Dollar in as international trade currency?

Speakers and panellists include:

Chaired by


Networking break


Future of Finance Summit 2018 - Closing keynote session

Reimagining new ecosystems of finance
Without a doubt, 2017 has been a rocky year for financial services; with political upheavals, economic uncertainty and planning for numerous regulatory changes coming into effect in 2018. While political events will continue impacting financial services, digitalisation and data will dominate alongside Robotic Process Automation and Blockchain, making larger waves in the sector and paving the way for uncapped growth and innovation.

  • A data future
  • The rise of robots
  • The reality of blockchain
  • Simplifying digitalisation
  • Banking regulations
  • Fintech collaboration

Speakers/panellists include:

Chaired by Emmanuel Daniel, Chairman, The Asian Banker and co-chaired by Gordian Gaeta, International Resource Director, The Asian Banker


Close of conference day two


Registration and Morning Networking


Opening Keynotes

The State of the Industry: Collaboration and competition in the peer-to-peer world
Ron is leading America's first peer-to-peer lending platform with more than two million members and over $4 billion in funded loans. He will take us on a discussion of the evolution of the peer-to-peer industry and why collaboration and diversification is so important.
Ron Suber, President, Prosper Marketplace

Successfully Harnessing Fintech to Advance Online Marketplace Lending in China and Beyond
As we are seeing an enormous emergence of new players in the alternative finance industry, having a leading edge is crucial. Soul, who leads the world's largest benchmarking peer-to-peer company and which won the prestigious Technology Pioneer Award at the 2011 World Economic Forum will bring us on a journey on how he took on the challenge of competing in the biggest peer-to-peer market in Asia and rising as one of the best.
Soul Htite, Co-Founder of Lending Club, Founder and CEO, Dianrong.com

Keynote Dialogue:
Payment (R)evolution - Forging Ahead, Building Communities

Discussing which technology platforms, message standards, interoperability frameworks and business models will emerge as the leading next generation payment winners

Speakers/Panellists include:

  • Joel Yarbrough, Head,Corporate Development & Payments, Grab
  • Alvin Wong, Head of Regional Products, Samsung Pay
  • Rakesh Krishnamuti, Head of Large Enterprise Acquisition and Relationship Management, SEA, PayPal
Chaired by Emmanuel Daniel, Chairman & co-chaired by Gordian Gaeta, International Resource Director, The Asian Banker


Networking Break


Where Banks Fear to Tread - Providing Market Access and Credit to a Growing ASEAN Region through Non-banks and P2P Technology

  • Access: How non-banks, P2P and crowd financing platforms even out the barriers of entry to banking service
  • Overhauling credit assessment: Does the market need an alternative means of credit scoring rather than conservative banking models?
  • Tapping into excess wealth in Asia and channeling it towards unbanked sectors

Speakers/Panelists include:

  • Jinesh Patel, Partner, Dymon Asia
  • Mohammed Abas, Co-Founder, One Lyst
  • Jefferson Chen, CEO, Advanced.ia
  • Greg Krasnov, MD, Forum Capital

Chaired by Sam Ahmed, MD, Deriv Asia




From Enterprise hosting to Cloud - Is this the Future of Banking Technology?

  • From enterprise hosting to cloud services: Will banks go lean towards a plug and pay model?
  • Why most banks are looking to move their treasury businesses to cloud by 2020.
  • Vendors disrupted: Why traditional vendors need to reinvent their models and move towards leaner and agile offerings

Speakers/Panelists include:

  • Nick Walton, Head of ASEAN, Amazon Web Services
  • Karim Chabane, Director, Collateral Services, Citi
  • ChiouHao Chan, APAC MD, Mambu

Chaired by Conor Cunningham, CEO, ACUO


Cryptocurrency or Digitalized Assets on Blockchain- How are Banks and Authorities Reacting in Asia?

  • Are crypto currencies making a comeback?
  • Are financial institutions in Asia ready to use Blockchain: Where is the lowest hanging fruit?
  • Blockchain and existing infrastructures: What happens to custodians after blockchain is implemented?

Speakers/Panelists include:

  • Mike Kayamori, CEO, Quoine Corporation
  • Marcelo Garcia Casil, CEO, DX Markets
  • Ganesh Iyer, SVP, Product Development, HSBC Securities Services
  • John Bailon, CEO, Satoshi Citadel Industries, Philippines
  • R Vivekanand, VP & Co-Head, TCS Financial Solutions

Chaired by Thomas McMahon, CEO, Pan Asia Clearing Enterprise


Networking Break


Closing Re-Imagination Session

Reimagining the future of money
Based on all that has been discussed in this Summit, Emmanuel Daniel and Gordian Gaeta will lead the entire conference in re-imaging what the successful financial institution should look like. A session not to be missed.

Imagination Panel

  • David Shrier, Founder and New Ventures, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Janos Barberis, Founder, SuperCharger and FinTech Hong-Kong, Co-editor of the FinTech and RegTech Book

Chaired by Emmanuel Daniel, Chairman & co-chaired by Gordian Gaeta, International Resource Director, The Asian Banker


Close of Conference Day Two


Featured keynote speakers from 2017

  Featured speakers from 2017


Who will attend?

The programme is designed for senior executives from:

  • Senior transaction banking executives, fund managers, asset management mangers from cross-border banking businesses along the Belt and Road
  • CEOs, senior management and corporate planning heads of global corporations, state-owned enterprises, conglomerates, and FIs
  • Senior government officials and regulators in charge of financial development, economic transformation and regional cooperation
  • Representatives from finance and commerce ministries, trade and investment promotion agencies
  • Thought leaders, think tanks, experts, academic scholars, and researchers

Agenda and speaking opportunities:

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