CIS Member Event. Razeen Sally on the UK results, Brexit and what it means for the Asia Pacific.


Apologies for the short notice but the opportunity to have Razeen Sally talk to CIS members was too good to miss.  

We hope you can come and join Razeen at Macquarie St for a sandwich lunch and his insights into the UK results, Brexit and what it could means for the Asia Pacific.  

The tumultuous events in the UK over the last year will change the economic landscape in Europe and beyond.

There is a Brexit opportunity, but also Brexit danger. Will the British exit from the European Union be strongly positive (potential new FTAs with the EU and other trading partners such as Australia) or strongly negative (a protectionist UK, especially on immigration, no deal with the EU, and underwhelming FTAs with others)?

As a member of the Legatum Institute’s Special Trade Commission advising the British government on Brexit trade strategy, our distinguished speaker Razeen Sally will be able to offer some real insights into what we can expect in our region.

Razeen Sally is Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is Chairman of the Institute of Policy Studies, the main economic-policy think tank in his native Sri Lanka. Previously he taught at the London School of Economics, where he received his PhD. He has been Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy, a global-economy think tank in Brussels. He has held visiting research and teaching positions at Institut D’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, the Australian National University, the University of Hong Kong, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, and Dartmouth College in the USA. He was also Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness. He is an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute, and on the advisory boards of the Institute of Economic Affairs (UK) and the Centre for Independent Studies (Australia).

Razeen Sally’s research and teaching focuses on global trade policy and Asia in the world economy. He has written on the WTO, FTAs, and on different aspects of trade policy in Asia. He has also written on the history of economic ideas, especially the theory of commercial policy. His new book on Sri Lanka will be published in 2017.

Razeen is a member of the Legatum Institute’s Special Trade Commission, which advises HMG on Brexit trade strategy. The Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission (STC) was created in the wake of the British vote to leave the European Union. At this critical historical juncture, the STC aims to present a roadmap for the many trade negotiations which the UK will need to undertake now. It seeks to re-focus the public discussion on Brexit to a positive conversation on opportunities, rather than challenges, while presenting empirical evidence of the dangers of not following an expansive trade negotiating path.

Event Details:

When: Thursday, 6 July 2017

Where: The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie Street SYDNEY NSW 2000

Time: 12:15 pm for a 12:30 pm start. The event will conclude at 2:00 pm

Cost: Free. A light lunch will be provided.

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Limited parking is available within the building complex. Online pre-bookings are essential to secure a car spot and discounted parking rate. Please visit the Secure Parking website, select the car park at 131 Macquarie Street and enter the promotion code: CIS10 when making your booking. If you are travelling by train, Martin Place and Circular Quay are the nearest stations to our office, with Wynyard a few minutes further away.