London will offer a rare opportunity to hear from a senior official of the National Development Reform Commission (NDRC), when its Vice Chairman, Peng Sen, speaks at the National UK-China Business Conference on October 26th (see details below).
China Business Services is supporting the event, and I will be speaking in two of the workshops on the day. Get in touch if you would like more information.
His Excellency Peng Sen, the Vice Chairman of the National Development Reform Commission (which is the department responsible for implementing China’s 5-year economic plan, with the overall responsibility for major construction developments & infrastructure inc. roads/oil/energy & the awarding of major construction contracts) will be speaking at the National UK-China Business Conference on Thursday, October 26th 2006 in London.
His presentation will incorporate the impact of the Olympics on economic regeneration and the opportunities that arise for businesses. He is aware of the fact that in UK businesses are interested not only in the potential for them at the Olympics in Beijing, but what can be learnt and adopted for our Olympics in London in 2012.
The conference will be officially opened by Alderman David Brewer CMG, the Lord Mayor of the City of London
The sponsors of the conference, Oasis Hong Kong Airlines (the new low-cost airline from London Gatwick to Hong Kong) will also be having their official launch on the same day and Stephen Miller the CEO of the airline will be doing a presentation at the conference. The airline will have an exhibition stand at the event to deal with any queries and have donated 10 free return flights to Hong Kong from London Gatwick for a free prize draw for delegates at the event.
The event has attracted high profile speakers who are:
• Ian Fletcher Director for International Development, UKTI
• Stephen Phillips, Chief Executive China-Britain Council
• Graeme Leach, Chief Economist, Institute of Directors
• Adrian Moorhouse MBE (Olympic Gold Medallist, BBC Sports Commentator & MD of Lane4, a global consultancy)
• Dr. Johnny Hon, Vice-Chairman of 48Group Club & Chairman of Global Group (Europe) PLC
• Professor Douglas Tallack, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation, University of Nottingham
• Tina Sommer, Chairman International Affairs, FSB
• Matt Rogan, Director of Corporate Strategy, Lane4
• Steve Bellis, Director Lynx Group International which represents top British football clubs in China
Apart from key presentations there will be workshops on the following topics:
• Common pitfalls in China and strategies for dealing them – run by KPMG
• Successful Marketing in China – run by 93 ½ & China Business Services
• Intellectual Property Rights – run by Rouse & Co
• New legal issues to do with recruiting nationals in China – run by Zaiwalla & Co
• Importing & Exporting – run by China Export Finance
• Trade & Business in Hong Kong – run by Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office
• For universities, recruiting Chinese students – run by Global Education Group PLC
There will be a delegation of Chinese business representatives at the event and there will also be a delegation of 4 Directors from the NDRC accompanying Vice Chairman Peng Sen.
Date of Event: Thursday October 26th, Ryan Theatre Harrow School NW London
(Delegate fee: £190.00+vat)
To book online: www.greatevents.uk.com 
Also worthy of note is one of the event sponsors, Oasis Hong Kong Airlines – a newcomer, with low-cost flights from the UK to Hong Kong:
OASIS HONG KONG AIRLINES begin flights to Hong Kong from London Gatwick on Thursday, October 26th 2006. This is the first airline to offer low fare flights combined with a high quality service to the Far East. (There will be a FREE Prize Draw of TEN Oasis Hong Kong Airline return flights to Hong Kong from London Gatwick airport for delegates attending the event).
“Oasis Hong Kong Airlines is dedicated to providing low fare, high quality, long-haul flights to Hong Kong from London for business and leisure travellers alike. Our outstanding fares in business class start at just GBP £470 one-way which will enable more business people in the UK to do business “face to face” in Hong Kong, China and the Far East in the future”. Stephen Miller, Chief Executive Office, Oasis Hong Kong Airlines.
I have already heard from one associate who has bought economy tickets for just £75 each way (plus taxes etc.). That is just a little bit more than it cost me to get the train to Birmingham and back the other day. The world is getting smaller!