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China's recent focus on a "dual circulation" economy marks a new emphasis on domestic production and consumption – and now this introspective trend is spreading throughout the Asia Pacific neighbourhood. Is this emphasis on self-sufficiency sustainable and will it have a chilling impact on global supply chains? What is the outlook for China's post-Covid economic development and how will this affect the Asia Pacific region?

Join us for a discussion of "Asia's inward turn: what the drive for self-sufficiency means for business" with Tom Rafferty, Regional Director, Asia for The Economist Intelligence Unit.

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of The Economist Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please contact us.


8 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration & breakfast
8:30 AM - 10 AM
Meeting & presentations


  • Tom Rafferty (Regional Director, Asia of The Economist Intelligence Unit)

    Tom Rafferty

    Regional Director, Asia of The Economist Intelligence Unit

    Tom is Regional Director, Asia at The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). He is an expert on politics and economics in Asia, with specific interests in regional geopolitics, public policy and China’s political economy. Tom is a frequent commentator in the international media, talks regularly at conferences and events, and has published on a range of subjects in relation to Asia and China. His experience and deep knowledge help organisations and businesses make sense of the rapid changes in the region. As Regional Director, Tom leads a team of analysts based across the Asia. He is responsible for ensuring the EIU’s analysis and forecasts for countries in the region are as accurate and insightful as they can be for clients, and delivered in a timely and accessible way. Tom is based in Beijing, where he has lived and worked for the best part of a decade. He joined the EIU in 2011 and prior to his current role was Principal Economist, China. Tom holds an MPhil in International Relations and a BA in Modern History, both from the University of Oxford. His work experience outside the EIU includes a spell as a researcher in the UK Parliament, where he worked on the UK-China relationship, and roles with the China-Britain Business Council, Oxford Analytica and the Foreign Policy Centre. Tom also studied Chinese at Peking University and held a research fellowship at its Institute of International and Strategic Studies, funded by the MacArthur Foundation.

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