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Impact of global trade tensions and Hong Kong turmoil on APAC economy
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When: Friday 27 Sep 2019
8:00 AM until 10:00 AM
Where: Gallery I, Grand Hyatt
10 Scotts Road
Contact: 6738 7917

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Impact of global trade tensions and Hong Kong turmoil on APAC economic outlook.

With global trade tensions dragging on, coupled with the turmoil in Hong Kong and talk of recession in Australia, what is the outlook for Australian businesses domestically and in the region? Is this the right time for Australian companies to embrace Asian opportunities and take advantage of the economic uncertainty?  


Join us on Fri 27 Sept, as Michael Blythe Chief Economist and Managing Director of Economics Australia from Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Rajiv Biswas Executive Director and Asia-Pacific Chief Economist from HIS Markit discuss the impact of global trade tensions and Hong Kong turmoil on the APAC economy.




Michael Blythe, Chief Economist and Managing Director of Economics Australia, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Michael is the Chief Economist and Managing Director of Economics at the Commonwealth Bank.  His extensive experience as an economist reflects more than thirty years working in economic policy and financial-market-related areas.

Michael’s role encompasses monitoring, analysing and forecasting trends in the Australian economy and financial markets.  In addition, he prepares a wide range of research material on matters of current interest.  In his capacity as the CBA’s Chief Economist, he is a regular conference presenter and media commentator on major economic developments and themes.  Michael and his team have consistently ranked in the top three for macroeconomic analysis advice in various industry polls.

Michael works in the Institutional Banking & Markets division of the Commonwealth Bank.  This division is responsible for managing the Group’s relationships with major corporate, institutional and government clients and providing a full range of capital raising, transactional and risk management products and services.


Rajiv Biswas, Executive Director and Asia-Pacific Chief Economist, IHS Markit

Rajiv previously worked as Director for South-East Asia for The Economist Group. His previous experience includes working for UBS as Executive Director for Asia-Pacific Country Risk and for the Royal Bank of Scotland as an international economist. He has also worked for an international organization, the Commonwealth Secretariat, as a senior economist in the International Capital Markets Department. Rajiv’s experience also includes working as a consultant for the United Nations and the Asian Development Bank.


Rajiv has published widely on a range of economic, trade and investment-related topics, with over 100 published articles. He frequently speaks at international conferences on the global and Asia-Pacific economies, including at World Economic Forum and Euromoney events as well as at United Nations conferences. He regularly appears on international TV programs, including for the BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, Channel News Asia, CNN and Al Jazeera TV.


Pamela Qiu - Director, Economist Corporate Network, South-east Asia

Pamela Qiu is the Network Director of the South-east Asia chapter of The Economist Corporate Network. She advises multinational corporations on the latest economic, political and market developments affecting business in the Asia Pacific region. She regularly chairs Economist events and roundtables, and delivers custom briefings to senior business executives. She joined The Economist in June 2011.
Prior to joining The Economist Group, Pamela worked as a policy analyst and associate at the Singapore Ministry of Finance, where she worked on policies to tackle socio-economic problems such as inequality and unemployment. She also worked on policies that were featured in the Singapore Budget. From 2009 to 2011, she was a researcher for the Center for Public Economics at the Civil Service College, the Singapore government’s core institution for public policy and economics research. Her research areas included the role of government in markets, public private partnerships, privatisation, fiscal policy, and behavioural economics. From 2004 to 2006, Pamela also worked as a market analyst with Prudential Health Insurance, based in London.

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