A-Level students in Jersey are being given an insight into how Jersey is perceived and promotes its financial services industry in overseas markets this week, through a series of educational initiatives organised by Jersey Finance.

On Thursday 20th September, a group of Year 12 students will be given a presentation looking at how Jersey Finance’s representative offices operate in the Middle East, India and Hong Kong. Having been specifically invited by lecturers of the Finance Degree at Highlands College, Sean Costello, Head of Business Development for the GCC and India, and Zhaoan Li, Head of Business Development for Hong Kong and Greater China will give the presentation at Highlands College at 10am.

Both Sean and Zhaoan are also in Jersey to speak at a conference focusing on the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) economies for the business community the previous day, organised by Jersey Finance in association with the Jersey Financial Services Commission.  The one day event is entitled ‘Discovering new markets BRIC by BRIC’ and takes place at the Hotel de France on Wednesday 19th September.

Victoria College student Louis Sangan will be attending that conference, having won a competition run by Jersey Finance through its education page on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/jerseyfinanceeducation?ref=stream). Entrants were asked to explain in 200 words why the BRIC economies are important to Jersey as an international finance centre, with Louis’ being adjudged to be the most comprehensive response.

In addition, also on 20th September, a group of Year 12 Business Studies students at Victoria College will be given a talk analysing the state of China’s economy, why it is growing so rapidly and what opportunities there are there for Jersey. The Jersey Finance-organised talk, which starts at 12pm and is entitled ‘A Taste of China’, will be given by Appleby partner James Gaudin, who will also look at Chinese etiquette and examine how ‘second tier’ cities in China such as Tianjin are becoming increasingly important.

Carla Harris, communications manager at Jersey Finance, said:

“A key focus for Jersey’s finance industry remains on attracting business from growth markets such as Brazil, Russia, India and China, as well as the Gulf region. Through the BRICs Conference and series of presentations this week, we hope to give local students more information about those markets and expose them to the types of financial services they may be interested in working in in the coming years.

“It’s really encouraging that so many students, including Louis, have shown an interest in this element of Jersey’s finance industry by registering for these talks and entering our Facebook BRICs Conference competition.”

Notes to Editors:

Media are welcome to attend the presentation on Thursday 20th September at Highlands College at 10am, when Sean Costello and Zhaoan Li will be available for interviews and photographs.