Joint Lunch with the JCCI: Peter Mandelson
8 June 2016, London
For their third joint lunch of 2016, the Japan Society and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK are delighted to welcome Lord Mandelson, former European Union Trade Commissioner and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and founder of strategic advisory firm, Global Counsel.
Lord Mandelson will speak about the forthcoming EU referendum as a board member of the official Remain campaign, as well as about trade policy, economic integration and free trade agreements between independent markets. He will also consider these issues from the perspective of Japanese companies looking out to Europe from London, and is well positioned to touch upon EU-Japan and UK-Japan trade relations, having spent four years at the heart of the European Commission, during which time he was part of the 2008 EU-Japan Summit.
Lord Mandelson was also co-Chair of the UK-Japan 2000 Group (now the UK-Japan 21st Century Group) from 2001 to 2004
Lord Mandelson is Chairman of Global Counsel. He is a former European Trade Commissioner and British First Secretary of State. As Trade Commissioner between 2004 and 2008, he negotiated trade agreements with many countries and led European negotiations in the WTO Doha World Trade Round. Prior to this, he was Minister without Portfolio, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Northern Ireland Secretary and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in the British government under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown between 1997 and 2010. He was Member of Parliament for Hartlepool in the UK from 1992 until 2004 and Director of Campaigns and Communications for the Labour party between 1985 and 1990. He became President of the Great Britain China Centre in 2015. This non-departmental public body encourages dialogue and collaboration between Britain and China. He is also President of the Policy Network think tank and Chairman of Lazard International.
Booking deadline: Friday 3 June
Admission: £57 per head:
members of the Japan Society, the JCCI and their guests
Payment must be made in advance, by bank transfer, credit/debit card or cheque made payable to the Japan Society.