Past Events

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Re-industrializing Europe?

Re-industrializing Europe?

Louis Delcart and Gunter Gaublomme from Brussels Diplomatic Academy discussed the EU’s re-industrialization strategy in the wake of Covid-19 at the Chamber’s webinar on 22 September. Delcart said that re-industrializing Europe had started as early as 2013 in some European countries, such as Austria and Germany, to ensure higher flexibility, quality assurance and better reputation of goods. Gaublomme further explained the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the fragility of global supply chains and reinforced the argument to relocate part of the production process back to Europe. Meanwhile, some European companies opted for the “China + 1 Strategy” to set up an extra production line near China to diversify the supply risks.

Ada Ng, Director, Corporate Affairs and Philanthropies at Microsoft, and Nathan Khan, Head of Partnerships (Talent & Learning Solutions), at LinkedIn Hong Kong

Learning in the Modern Workplace: Digital Upskilling for a Post-COVID World

Employment in many countries around the world has been badly hit by COVID-19. However, digital skills are in high demand and offer the opportunity for people to upgrade their skills and increase job security. At the Chamber’s webinar on 22 September, Ada Ng, Director, Corporate Affairs and Philanthropies at Microsoft, and Nathan Khan, Head of Partnerships (Talent & Learning Solutions), at LinkedIn Hong Kong, explained how people can benefit from a free online learning platform established by LinkedIn, Microsoft, and GitHub. Nathan said the lockdown in many countries is accelerating digitization and he forecasts 149 million new jobs will be created in the digital field by 2025. Therefore, the platform, “Skill Initiative,” aims to upskill 25 million job seekers whose careers have been hit by the pandemic. For more information, visit the platform at

Family Offices in Hong Kong

Evolving Roles of Family Offices

As the number of high-net worth individuals in Asia is rapidly increasing, more investment vehicles for family offices are being developed in Hong Kong. Edmond Lau, Senior Executive Director, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, outlined at the Chamber’s webinar on 21 September new wealth management policy initiatives and their role in furthering the expansion of family offices in Hong Kong and the Mainland.  In the ensuing panel discussion, senior experts from Invest Hong Kong, HKUST Business School and Isola Capital, discussed the evolving roles, structure and function of family offices. This was the first in a series of three webinars to explore the trends and opportunities for family offices. The second event will be on 13 October. For more details please visit here

The Chamber’s Women Executives Club (WEC) jointly organized a community project with the Society for Community Organization

WEC Community Project: Care and Food Package Donation to SoCO Beneficiaries

The Chamber’s Women Executives Club (WEC) jointly organized a community project with the Society for Community Organization (SoCO) on 19 September to help those whose livelihoods have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

WEC Chairman Nikki Ng, together with General Committee member Jennifer Chan, WEC Vice Chairman Carol Wing and volunteer members prepared care packages, which included daily necessities such as rice, cooking oil, shampoo, body wash and supermarket coupons, as well as mooncakes and chocolates at the Chamber Theatre. Chamber CEO George Leung also dropped by to give them support and to lend a helping hand. They then delivered the packages to the SoCO centre in Sham Shui Po, where they had a chance to meet some of the beneficiaries in person.

With the generous support of members, a total of $380,000 in-kind and cash donations were received, benefiting 500 low-income families and individuals. Hopefully, the packages can bring some festive joy for the Mid-Autumn Festival.


New Chapter for Indonesia-HK Business Under the ASEAN FTA

The Indonesia section of the ASEAN-Hong Kong FTA entered into force in July, marking a new chapter for Indonesia-Hong Kong business relations.

Consul General of Indonesia Ricky Suhendar updated members on the latest developments in the country at a Chamber webinar on 17 September. He was joined by Yuri Triantoro, Director for ASEAN Negotiations at the Ministry of Trade of Indonesia, and HSBC Indonesia Country Manager Francois de Maricourt, who shared their insights into the business environment and investment opportunities.

Consul General Suhendar said that it was more important than ever for economies in Asia to enhance regional cooperation, as international geopolitical disputes were heating up. He explained that Indonesia was working on setting up more special economic zones (SEZs) in the country to further enhance economic cooperation with Hong Kong and Mainland China.

Triantoro said that Hong Kong was becoming an increasingly important trading partner for Indonesia, and that trade between the two economies was projected to increase by almost 7% annually. The path ahead for the country was not without challenges, he added, as Indonesian goods faced strong competition from other ASEAN countries, and there was room to improve the quality of such goods to meet Hong Kong’s high product standards.

De Maricourt introduced the business environment in the country and discussed the incentives available for foreign investors. He said that one of the main issues in Indonesia was the lack of transparency and large volume of bureaucracy. However, he noted that the government had recognized these issues and was actively working to cut red tape and improve its ease of doing business. 

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