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Mr John Aglionby

International Economy News Editor, Financial Times and former Jakarta-based Correspondent

Date: Tuesday 20th July 2010
Time: 9.00am for 09.30am - 11.30am
Venue: Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP
Nearest tube: Oxford Circus / Regents Park / Great Portland Street

By kind invitation of:

Free (Asia House Corporate Members)
£25.00 (Asia House Patrons and Government)
£50.00 (Non-Members)

You are cordially invited to attend a breakfast briefing where Mr John Aglionby, International Economy News Editor, Financial Times and former Jakarta-based Correspondent, will discuss Indonesia's role both in the region and the world beyond.

Indonesia is the world's fourth most populous country, the largest Muslim-majority country, a rapidly-maturing democracy, enjoying GDP growth of well over 5 per cent, a member of the G20 and extremely rich in myriad natural resources. Yet it is far from world power status. Why is this? Will it ever change? What will have to happen domestically for the world to start paying more attention to south-east Asia's largest nation? Or is Indonesia happy to play a second-fiddle role on the global stage?
John Aglionby is the FT's international economy news editor, a position he took up in November 2009 after spending 14 years as a journalist based in Jakarta. From 2006-2009 John was the FT's Jakarta correspondent, covering Indonesia, Timor-Leste and regional commodities. For the eight years before that he was the Guardian's south-east Asia correspondent, ostensibly covering the Association of South-East Asian Nations but travelling as far afield as Hong Kong and Fiji. He has covered everything from coups and revolutions to coffee-defecating civets and how to get off Bali's well-beaten tourist track.
The meeting will adopt the usual Asia House format and all comments will be unattributable.

Interested participants should register early for the meeting by email to as spaces are limited.

I look forward to seeing you at Asia House.

Roddy Gow
Chief Executive

Forthcoming events:

13th and 14th October 2010 - Asian Business Leaders Summit and Gala Dinner

14th July 2010 - Lecture - China
The Rt Hon The Lord Heseltine of Thenford CH, Former Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the Haymarket Group and Founding Patron of the 48 Group Club

20th July 2010 - FT Briefing Series - Indonesia
John Aglionby, International Economy News Editor, Financial Times and former Jakarta-based Correspondent

21st July 2010 - Senior Business Leader Briefing - Asia
Sir David John KCMG, Chairman, BSI Group

22nd July 2010 - Reception - Asia
Asia House Corporate Networking Reception

7th September 2010 - Breakfast Meeting - Asia
Tony Brenton, former British Ambassador to Russia

29th September 2010 - Economists Briefing Series - Asia
George Magnus, Senior Economic Adviser, UBS Investment Bank

13th and 14th October 2010 - Conference and Gala Dinner - Asia
Asian Leaders Business Summit

10th November 2010 - Breakfast Meeting - Asia
Jonathan Porritt, Co-founder and Programme Director of Forum for the Future

2nd December 2010 - Seminar - Asia
Mr Miles Young, Worldwide CEO, Ogilvy

Dates To Be Confirmed:

December 2010 - Economists Briefing Series - Asia
Stephen King, Group Chief Economist and Global Head of Economics and Asset Allocation research