KUALA LUMPUR: The Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) Business Conference 2008, to take place August 14-17 here, will focus on issues such as corporate governance and social responsibility, financial services, real estate, energy and environment.
Other issues that will be discussed include the global integration of the business world, venture capital, private equity and hedge funds.
Media, branding and marketing will also be touched on.
The panel to discuss these issues will consist of Securities Commission chairman Datuk Zarinah Anwar and Chinese University of Hong Kong's Professor T.J. Wong.
As Asia becomes increasingly integrated into the global market, financial institutions are playing a greater role in shaping the economies of its nations.
The challenges include the need for further market reforms, currency exchange issues, higher efficiency and focus on smaller nations.
The financial services panel will look into these issues in the Asian financial services sector and the possibilities for its further growth.
Qinjin Wu, deputy general manager of concessional loan department for China, China Export Import Bank, and Jun Wang, a senior financial sector specialist from the World Bank, will be on the panel to discuss these issues.
Meanwhile, the panel that will explore the possibilities for real estate development will include YTL Corp Bhd chairman Tan Sri Francis Yeoh and University of Hong Kong Chair of Real Estate and Construction, K.W. Chau.
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