The Financial Times will gather senior decision-makers from the UK and China on the sidelines of the Shanghai World Expo 2010 for an exclusive half-day conference on the prospects for the global economy, the financial system and the banking sector after the most severe crisis in decades. The event will also discuss London's development as a financial centre and how Shanghai is progressing in its drive to become a regional and global hub.

This invitation-only forum, organised in partnership with the UK Programme of Events at the Expo, will be chaired by David Pilling, Asia Editor of the Financial Times, and include keynote addresses by Wang Huaqing, Vice Chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) and John Varley, Group Chief Executive, Barclays PLC, as well as an on-stage interview with Nicholas Anstee, Lord Mayor of the City of London, and panel discussions involving leading officials and executives from some of the UK and China's most important financial and municipal institutions.
Topics will include:
  • How has the global financial industry adjusted to the events of the past two years? Are banks healthier and more secure? Is the quasi-nationalisaton of certain banks in the US, UK and other developed economies a good thing? Will large global banks continue to expand while smaller banks disappear? 
  • What lessons have been learned from the crisis? Have risk assessment methods changed? How will banks continue to provide complex financial instruments to the marketplace? 
  • Are the regulatory measures that have been taken sufficient to prevent a re-occurrence of the financial crisis? Has the response been excessive? Have the right measures been taken? 
  • What has China learned from the financial crisis and its aftermath in the US and UK? 
  • What is the outlook for the global economy and the world financial system? Will we see net capital continue to flow out of the US and into China, India and other fast-growing emerging economies? Has the financial crisis consolidated a shift of economic power towards the East? 
  • As Shanghai pursues its drive to be a global financial centre, what additional measures need to be taken by the state and municipal authorities for that goal to be achieved? Looking at key issues such as skilled manpower, technology, currency convertibility and corporate governance, what are the main obstacles Shanghai must overcome to fulfill its ambitions? 


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