SOAS University of London

SOAS’s LMEI hosts special briefing for Bank of China

24 May 2017

The London Middle East Institute at SOAS University of London hosted a special, one-day training session for Bank of China executives on 22 May 2017. This was part of a two-week ‘One Belt-One Road’ initiative, which involved 30 Bank of China managers and executives from a number of different Chinese and international branches, including from the Bank of China’s Head Office in Beijing and in the City of London.

Titled 'Understanding the Business Climate in West Asia and the Middle East', it examined the importance of economic, social and political issues in the context of business and investment climate especially in relation to China’s ‘One Belt-One Road’ initiative recently announced by the Chinese government.

Dr Hassan Hakimian, Director of LMEI, welcomed the visiting delegates to SOAS and opened the day's proceedings with an overview session on the 'Economies of West Asia – Challenges & Opportunities'. Dr Sahar Rad, Lecturer in International Management (MENA) at SOAS, concluded the morning session with a session on 'Infrastructure Projects and New Developments in West Asia'.

The two afternoon sessions focused on political risk and social and cultural factors. First, Dr Dina Matar, Senior Lecturer in Arab Media and Political Communication (SOAS), spoke on 'Understanding Political Risk and Conflicts in West Asia'. This was followed by the final session of the workshop given by Dr Atef Alshaer, Lecturer in Modern Languages and Culture (Westminster University) who gave the delegates insight 'Cultural & Social Issues' in MENA).

The LMEI's training session for Bank of China, the first of its kind, was enthusiastically received by the visiting executives, and forms part of the Institute’s relationship with the Training Division of the Bank.

Bank of China May 2017

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