Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China
Financial Secretary of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Non-Official Member of Executive Council of the HKSAR, Chairman of HKEX group
Acting Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA)
CEO of SOHO China
Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of China Development Research Foundation
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sun Yefang Foundation, Chancellor of Guangdong-Technion Israel Institute of Technology
Ralph and Claire Landau Professor of Economics and former President of The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Professor of Tsinghua PBCSF
Executive Vice President of China Development Institute (CDI)
Former Chief Strategist of China Investment Corporation
Managing Director of Bain Capital Private Equity (Asia) LLC
Former Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
Co-CEO of Asia Pacific and CEO of China for Morgan Stanley
Regional CEO, Greater China & North Asia, Standard Chartered Bank
Dean of Faculty of Business and Economics, the University of Hong Kong
Publisher of Caixin Media
Today, emerging economies have become a new engine driving global economic growth — among these economies, East Asia and South Asia have been showing tremendous economic vitality. However, as we face protectionism and its negative consequences, what can we expect from future global economic and trade cooperation? What can we expect from future economic and trade cooperation within Asia? How can China promote the economic growth of Asia as a whole? How can Hong Kong take advantage of its unique location and serve as a vanguard of the two-way opening up effort in the Belt and Road Initiative?
Hong Kong is an extremely open city where frequent cultural exchanges take place; therefore Hong Kong plays a significant role in the value chain of global economic and social development and cultural exchanges. As a part of China’s opening up effort, how can Hong Kong continue to tell her stories well? How can Hong Kong tell China’s stories well? How can Hong Kong tell the stories of the era of cultural integration between China and the West?
As China steps up its financial opening up efforts, how can the Chinese Mainland take advantage of Hong Kong’s bridging role to promote cross-regional financial cooperation and achieve opening at the next level? How can they work together to create a platform for digital finance that breaks bottlenecks in distribution, logistics, information flow and capital flow to achieve synthesis and synergy in trading, logistics and capital flow, and to promote trading along the Belt and Road? How can we leverage technologies to improve the efficiency of cross-border investment and fundraising?
Covering eleven cities, two systems and three customs territories, the Greater Bay Area exhibits remarkable potential for cooperation — but also brings challenges. How can we fully explore the area’s advantages, innovate its systems and mechanisms, facilitate the distribution of economic resources and build a first-class bay area of tremendous vitality and international competitiveness, setting an example of high-quality development?
Innovative economic ecosystems bay areas around the world, especially Silicon Valley, are becoming a significant growth pole for regional and even the global economies; they are leading technological reforms. What can the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area learn from the three largest bay areas in the world? How can the Greater Bay Area innovate its systems and mechanisms to become a world class bay area and cluster of cities with tremendous vitality and international competitiveness?
A focused and efficient landscape for the development of the Greater Bay Area to ensure the free distribution of production factors will be key to the coordinated and high-quality development of the Greater Bay Area. How can Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao position themselves so that they can complement each other and achieve coordinated development? How should they make an overall plan for construction and use cross-region infrastructure so that they can create a “one-hour living circle” within the Greater Bay Area? How should they adjust their laws, monetary policies and regulations so that the three areas can benefit from a lower cost for talent, capital and information?
Today, more and more business startups and innovations have been driven by technologies. The technology development, corporate fundraising or system level innovation environments are changing rapidly. Technology innovation is about to see new opportunities.
What are the features and advantages of the capital markets of the Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong, New York and Singapore, respectively? How can stock exchanges entice more innovative technology companies to go public? How should a technology company choose a location for its IPO? Along with the continued opening up effort of China’s financial sector, a closer relation between China and foreign financial markets is expected; what will it mean for global technology innovation?
With new technologies, which industries will receive more attention from investors? From startups to unicorns, how can businesses meet their fundraising needs at different stages of growth? As China’s capital flows at an accelerating speed towards Southeast Asia, how can the lessons learned in China be replicated in the local market while still taking local characteristics into account? How can Hong Kong take advantage of its technological innovations and exploit the opportunities ahead?
Hong Kong, already a hub for fundraising activities for Chinese Mainland businesses, must become an international wealth management center and an international asset assessment center for Mainland China. In Hong Kong, what kind of potential is there for financial institutions? How can financial institutions use fintech to expand their wealth management business? What should financial institutions do to make sure their asset allocation products can meet the requirements set by Hong Kong’s development policies and regulating policies?