Upcoming talk for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

I will be giving a talk for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong on July 8, 2009 (Wednesday). The talk  is scheduled for 12.30pm to 2pm at the Chamber’s office in Kinwick Centre. For more information, contact Ms. Dipal Sandhu (Tel: (852) 2110 8700, E-mail: dipal_sandhu@cancham.org).

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The Roles of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing as Financial Centres in a China Banking Strategy

Based on more than 50 interviews with foreign and Chinese banks, regulatory and government officials, and chambers of commerce based in Shanghai, the talk discusses the complementary roles of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing as international or regional financial centres. The talk will also highlight some problems encountered by foreign banks in China and their different strategies for the Chinese banking market.

About the speaker:

Dr Karen Lai (黎碧瑶) is a Killam postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Geography, University of British Columbia. She is an economic geographer specialising in finance, global cities, markets, capitalism, knowledge and political economy, with particular interests in East and Southeast Asia. She received her Bachelor and Master degrees from the National University of Singapore and PhD from the University of Nottingham, UK. She has published in internationally-refereed journals and is co-author of ‘Changing Landscapes of Singapore’. Her current work examines the circulation of market ideas and practices between Hong Kong and China through the operational structures and business strategies of foreign banks.

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