It was a pleasure to welcome a distinguished delegation of Polish finance officials to the Chamber on 19 April. Stanislaw Kluza, CEO, BOŚ Bank and former Ministry of Finance of Poland, Adam Z. Młodkowski, Chief Financial Officer, and his colleague Michal Zaleski, Director of Business Development, both from the Warsaw Stock Exchange (GPW), were welcomed by Harrison Ho, Chairman of the Chamber’s Financial & Treasury Services Committee, Davide De Rosa, Chairman of the Europe Committee, together with Chamber CEO George Leung and members. They discussed ideas for encouraging more Hong Kong companies to set up in Poland, as well as existing challenges hampering companies from expanding into the country.
At a seminar on 16 February, Ken Chiu, Head of Carbon and ESG Products at Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) introduced Core Climate, a new international voluntary carbon marketplace that seeks to connect capital with climate-related products and opportunities in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Asia and beyond. He explained how this platform can support businesses’ decarbonisation journey and help contribute to the realisation of global carbon neutrality goals.
This is the seventh in a series of seminars on ‘Decarbonising Hong Kong 2050’, which focuses on how the government, businesses and communities are working towards Hong Kong's goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
The Chamber hosted a seminar on the implications of Hong Kong’s first Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) licensing regime for Hong Kong businesses and the way forward for the virtual asset industry on 15 February, ahead of the new regime’s implementation in June 2023.
Elizabeth Wong, Director of Licensing and Head of Fintech Unit, Intermediaries at the Securities and Futures Commission, kicked off the event by sharing the key features and strategic direction for the VASP regime. She was then joined by Anthony Ng, CEO of the Hong Kong Virtual Asset Exchange, and Benjamin Quinlan, CEO and Managing Partner of Quinlan & Associates, in a discussion on the opportunities and challenges for the virtual asset industry. Speakers shared their perspectives on such issues as the key considerations for developing a regulatory framework that balances investor protection against a crypto-friendly environment, the prospects of applying virtual assets in the Metaverse and future iterations of the digital space, as well as the potential impact of recent ‘crypto winters’ on the industry