Government Affairs Forum agenda unveiled as China enters transition


As China this week commenced a once in a decade transfer of power to its new leadership, PublicAffairsAsia has announced the agenda and first  tranche of speakers for The 2013 Government Affairs Forum.

The forum, which takes place in Beijing on June 6, comes at a criticial time in the Chinese political and policy calendar. In its fourth year the full-day conference, supported by Weber Shandwick, AmCham China, AmCham Shanghai and The China Britain Business Council, is set to offer cutting edge insight and strategy for corporate government relations practitioners and country managers.

Commenting on the fourth Government Affairs Forum, PublicAffairsAsia’s executive director, Craig Hoy said: “The new government comes to office with a stability first agenda. But that does not mean there will not be a change in the government affairs landscape. This year’s forum comes at a critical time for PA professionals operating both in MNCs and China’s rapidly rising global corporations.”

The event will examine China’s new leadership and the new direction of policy – including how to map the power-players and decision-makers. High profile speakers are also set to examine how MNCs should be using this period to align business planning with policy priorities and how to build and sustain governmental relationships.

Top-level speakers include Weber Shandwick’s executive vice president Charles Shen, Jonathan Dong, Head of Corporate Affairs at Nestlé China, AmCham China’s Dr Patrick Wang, and Professor Deng Guosheng, a lobbying expert at the School of Public Policy & Management at Tsinghua University.

Other frontline practitioners set to address the forum include Daniel Brindle, Senior Director, International Public Affairs & Policy (Asia) at Pfizer and Gloria Xu, Head of Government and Public Affairs, Standard Chartered (China) Limited. Top-level agency and consulting industry speakers will also include

The interactive forum will also include case studies focused on managing regulatory and governmental issues and crises in addition to top-level discussion on managing relationships in an era of China-outbound investment.

The 2013 forum is limited to 120 participants to ensure seniority, exclusivity and interactivity – and unrivalled networking in this fast-developing industry networking. The China Government Affairs Forum sold-out in 2011 and 2012 so early booking for this industry-leading event is essential.

The event targets China MNC country management, government relations directors and managers, corporate affairs managers and directors, senior regulatory and compliance practitioners and corporate communications managers.

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