The life of a lawyer is one of passion and service to clients and society.
I was going through some old papers and came across magazines I used to publish for the Business Law Section of the Law Association for Asia and The Pacific from 1994-1998. I was Chairman of the Business Law Section from 1994-1997 and again from 2004-2010 when I returned to help revive the section.
The message “Shaping the Future” was written in 1995 and is just as relevant today as it was then. We were then in the 1990s promoting law and economic development to help eradicate poverty in Asia, and held the 14th LAWASIA Biennial Law Conference in Beijing in 1995.
25 years later, China pulled off the most spectacular success by developing its economy to become the largest economy in the world today in PPP terms. Along the way, 850 million people were lifted out of poverty.
No other country has ever done that, and it is my hope that China’s Belt And Road Initiative will lift another 1 billion people in Belt And Road countries out of poverty when our work is done.
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