Hong Kong Business Summit

The Hong Kong Business Summit is the highlight of the Chamber's event calendar. Leading business and political figures from around the world share their views with the audience on issues impacting the business environment. 

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Hong Kong – A New Era

“Hong Kong always bounces back!” stated HKSAR Chief Executive John Lee in his keynote address at the Chamber’s 23rd Hong Kong Business Summit on 10 May, held under the theme “Hong Kong – A New Era.” He was joined by top Government officials and leading business minds who converged at the summit to discuss how Hong Kong, as an international financial and business centre, can adapt amidst the changing geopolitical environment, and reinvent its traditional pillar industries to serve as new engines of economic growth.

Chamber Chairman Betty Yuen kicked off the event, and welcomed HKSAR Financial Secretary Paul Chan, who delivered the opening keynote address. He said we have been through three and a half very difficult years, and while economic growth is important to us, it is important that the community also feels good and has a positive spirit and smiles. “I appeal to you all: do participate, and bring more positive energy to the people around you, and the community,” he told the full-house.

Two panel discussions focused on “Hong Kong's Future as an International Business and Financial Hub” and “Traditional and New Drivers of Hong Kong's Economy.” Distinguished speakers from a broad cross-section of Hong Kong’s business elite and regulators gave us plenty of food for thought. We will have a full report in the June issue of the Bulletin, so look out for this bumper issue.

We would like to thank all speakers and guests who attended and helped to make the summit such a success, especially the 15 HKGCC companies who sponsored the summit, namely: Platinum Sponsors: CLPJardine Matheson; and Sino Group. And Gold Sponsors: Bank of China (Hong Kong)Chevalier Group; CK Group; EYHSBCMayer BrownMTR Corporation Limited 香港鐵路有限公司NWS Holdings LimitedSun Hung Kai Properties LimitedSwire PacificWheelock and Company Limited; and Yue Hwa Chinese Products Emporium Limited.

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The 22nd Hong Kong Business Summit 2018: THE INTERNET OF LIFE

How technology is transforming all of our lives was the theme of the Chamber’s 22nd Business Summit on 3 December. Keynote speaker Liao Jieyuan revealed how WeDoctor has transformed the healthcare system in Mainland China by enabling patients and doctors to communicate online.

Other tech-driven businesses are delivering greater efficiency to daily life. Jennifer Tan, CEO of AlipayHK, revealed how the mobile payment system is now being adapted even in fresh markets and minibuses. Terence Kwok from Tink Labs explained how the platform he founded enables users to enjoy a more seamless travel experience. Esther Wong from SenseTime shared how the company is successfully exporting its AI technology around the world. Meanwhile Lalamove founder Shing Chow said the widespread adoption of mobile internet had allowed his company to bring intra-city deliveries to a higher level of convenience.

On the General Committee panel, Peter Wong from HSBC, Cathay Pacific’s John Slosar, CLP’s Betty Yuen and Lincoln Leong from MTR Corp discussed how Hong Kong was shaping up as a global smart city. They also revealed how the finance, travel and power sectors were developing new technologies and working with outside partners to improve their services.

Jieyuan Liao, Founder and CEO, WeDoctor
Moderator: Leland Sun, Vice Chairman, HKGCC; Founder & Managing Director, Pan Asian Mortgage Company

Jennifer Tan, CEO, Alipay Payment Services HK Limited Executive
Shing Chow, Founder and CEO, Lalamove
Esther Wong, Managing Director of Strategic Investment, SenseTime
Terence Kwok, Founder and CEO, Tink Labs Limited
Moderator: Nisa Leung, Managing Partner of Qiming Venture Partners

Peter Wong, Group Managing Director, HSBC Group and Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive, The Hong Kong and Shanghai banking Corporation Limited
John Slosar, Chairman, Cathay Pacific Airways Limited
Betty Yuen, CLP Group Director and Vice Chairman, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited
Lincoln Leong, CEO, MTR Corporation Limited
Moderator: Oscar Chow, Non-Executive Director, Chevalier International Holdings Limited

General Committee PanelLuncheon Keynote AddressMavericks Panel
Welcome Remarks
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The 21st Hong Kong Business Summit: Digital Disruption

Some of the world’s most forward looking business minds discussed at the 21st Hong Kong Business Summit on 3 November how we can harness the opportunities that digital disruption creates. Trail blazer Alibaba’s Joseph Tsai revealed that 78% of all their transactions today are done with mobiles, so m-commerce has already arrived. HKTV’s Ricky Wong said online shopping tickles people’s buy button finger so encourages them to buy things they would not in a physical store. Uber’s Chief Advisor and former Barack Obama advisor David Plouffe explained how ride sharing frees up roads and real estate, improves the environment and is also changing the way we view cars and commuting. WeLab’s Simon Loong revealing that users of FinTech are higher earners than traditional bank customers, so the perception that only youngsters looking for small loans use FinTech is totally wrong.

Stephen Ng, Chairman, HKGCC, Nicholas Brooke, Chairman, Professional Property Services Limited, Allen Fung, Executive Director & CEO of Non-property Businesses, & Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited, and Ronald Lee, Head of Private Wealth Management (PWM), Asia Pacific & Goldman Sachs (Asia), discussed how Hong Kong stacks up against our neighbours and if we are we still the Pearl in the Pearl River Delta crown.

Alibaba's Joseph Tsai Luncheon Keynote AddressGeneral Committee Panel DiscussionMavericks Panel
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The 20th Annual Hong Kong Business Summit

Hong Kong is at a political, social, and economic crossroads, business leaders told a full house at the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce's 20th Annual Hong Kong Business Summit on November 26. To determine the best route forward, it is crucial that businesses, Government and society as a whole work together to find solutions to the problems we face, or our competitiveness could start to erode.


Victor Fung,  Fung Group Chairman
Moderator: YK Pang, Chairman, HKGCC

Andrew BrandlerChairman, Sir Elly Kadoorie & Sons Ltd
Vincent LoChairman, Shui On Group Ltd
CC TungChairman, President & CEO, OOIL
Moderator: Andrew Weir, Regional Senior Partner, KPMG Hong Kong 

Benjamin Hung, Regional Chief Executive Officer, Greater China, Standard Chartered Bank (HK)

John Slosar, Chairman, Swire Pacific

Betty Yuen, Vice Chairman, CLP Power Hong Kong

Dr Allan Zeman, Chairman, Lan Kwai Fong Holdings

Moderator: Dr Aron HarilelaChairman & CEO, Hari Harilela Ltd

David O'Rear, Chief Economist, HKGCC

David O’Rear - Hong Kong Economic ForecastDavid O’Rear - Hong Kong Economic ForecastDialogue with Former Chairmen
Dialogue with Former ChairmenDr Victor FungGeneral Committee Panel Discussion
General Committee Panel DiscussionLuncheon Keynote AddressMr Stephen Yiu
OpeningOpeningPhoto Gallery
Q & A
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The 19th Annual Hong Kong Business Summit

The Chamber’s 19th Annual Hong Kong Business Summit took place at the Grand Hyatt on November 25 under the banner, “Sources of Growth in an Uncertain World.” Speakers said innovation and services are becoming more important than new products, but manpower shortages continue to create challenges for businesses to meet demand and uphold standards. View photos >>

Norman Chan, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority
Moderator: C K Chow, Chairman, HKGCC; Chairman, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd

John Rice, Vice Chairman, GE and President & CEO, GE Global Growth and Operations
Jay Walder, CEO, MTR Corporation Ltd
Peter Wong, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd
Moderator: Michael J Andrew, Chairman, KPMG International

Stephen Ng, Vice Chairman, HKGCC; Deputy Chairman & Managing Director, The Wharf (Holdings) Ltd
The Hon Jeffrey Lam, Legco Representative, HKGCC; Managing Director, Forward Winsome Industries Ltd
Dr Aron Harilela, Chairman & CEO, Hari Harilela Ltd
David Lie, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Newpower International (Holdings) Co Ltd; Chairman, Hong Kong-Taiwan Business Co-operation Committee
Moderator: Anthony Wu, Director, Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre Ltd

David O'Rear, Chief Economist, HKGCC

David O'RearDavid O'RearGeneral Committee Panel
General Committee PanelNorman ChanNorman Chan
OpeningPlenary PanelPlenary Panel
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New World, New Capitalism: Rethinking the Way We Do Business Beyond 2013

The global economy in 2013 is expected to perform slightly better than in 2012, but Hong Kong will need to deal with a number of pressing issues if our economy is to capitalize on the changing tide, said speakers at the Chamber’s 18th Annual Hong Kong Business Summit, held on November 29. “If Hong Kong is to move ahead with the times, it needs to make some tough decisions,” HKSAR Chief Executive CY Leung told members.

Opening Keynote Address

C K Chow, Chairman, HKGCC; Chairman, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd

Plenary Panel Discussion

Dr. Frank FX Gong, Managing Director; Chairman, China Diversified Industry Clients; Vice Chairman, China Investment Banking, J.P. Morgan.

Prof. Liu Mingkang, Former Chairman, China Banking Regulatory Commission

Serge Pun, Founder, SPA Group; Chairman, Yoma Strategic Holdings

Hong Kong Economic Forecast
David O’Rear,Chief Economist, HKGCC

General Committee Panel Discussion


Y K Pang, Deputy Chairman, HKGCC; Director, Jardine Matheson Ltd

Christopher Pratt, Vice Chairman, HKGCC; Chairman, John Swire & Sons (HK) Ltd

Nicholas Brooke, Chairman, Professional Property Services Ltd

Peter Wong, Chief Executive, Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Keynote Luncheon Address

The Honourable Leung Chun Ying, Chief Executive, HKSAR

David O’Rear's Slides
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HKGCC Business Forum – Seeing into 2012: Global Economic Swing to Asia

The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC) is proud to present the HKGCC Business Forum – Seeing into 2012: Global Economic Swing to Asia. This highly anticipated conference will feature some of the leading business minds in Hong Kong, in addition to Financial Secretary of the HKSAR Government, the Hon. John Tsang, who will share their views on how their businesses are “Capitalizing on the Downturn” and how they “Manage Business in Difficult Times.”

The Hon. John Tsang, Financial Secretary of HKSAR

The Hon. Ronald Arculli , Chairman, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd
Moderator: Sir C K Chow, Chief Executive Officer, MTR Corporation Ltd

Benjamin Hung, CEO, Standard Chartered Bank (HK) Ltd
Antony Leung, Chairman, Greater China, The Blackstone Group
James Thompson, Chairman, Crown Worldwide Group
Moderator: Tom Holland, Senior Writer, South China Morning Post

Anthony Wu, Chairman, HKGCC
The Hon. Jeffrey Lam, Legco Representative
Victor Li, Managing Director & Deputy Chairman, Cheung Kong (Holdings)
Dr Allan Zeman, Chairman, Lan Kwai Fong Holdings Ltd
Moderator: Mr James Riley, Group Finance Director, Jardine Matheson Ltd

David O'Rear, Chief Economist. HKGCC

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Strategic Positioning of Hong Kong's Financial Services Industry

Experts speaking at HKGCC's Business Summit Series on April 27 looked at the strategic positioning of Hong Kong's financial service industry, in particular potential opportunities arising from the liberalization of private investment in the Mainland. But what sort of roadmap should be drawn up to realize this strategy, and what policies should be cultivated? These were some of the key questions discussed by: Hu Shuli, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Caixin Media, Charles Li, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd, and Shen Ming Gao, Greater China Chief Economist, Citigroup Global Markets Asia Limited.

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Business Connect with China in a Globalising Economy: Hong Kong's Strategic Role

HKGCC's 14th Annual Hong Kong Business Summit took place in November under an expanded format. On November 5, Britain's former Prime Minister spoke at the Chamber's Business Summit Dinner, ahead of the full-day conference, which took place on November 15. HKSAR Chief Executive, The Honourable Donald Tsang, delivered the opening remarks at the conference, titled: "Business Connect with China in a Globalising Economy: Hong Kong's Strategic Role."

This highly anticipated conference will examine Hong Kong’s strategic role as a crucial business platform, not only for international businesses looking to explore immense market opportunities in China, but also for Mainland companies expanding into the global arena as they seek to diversify their business operations. Our HKSAR Chief Executive, the Honourable Donald Tsang, will be giving opening keynote followed by a strong line-up of distinguished business leaders to share views and discuss the way forward in interactive sessions with the audience.


Chairman’s Welcoming Remarks
Dr Lily Chiang
, Chairman, HKGCC

Keynote Address: Sustaining Hong Kong’s Future Economic Development
The Honourable Donald Tsang, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
*Representative, Ministry of Commerce, People’s Republic of China
Mr Rory Tapner, Chairman and CEO, Asia Pacific, UBS AG

Panel 1: Benchmarking Hong Kong’s Competitiveness
Dr Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, Economic Advisor, MasterCard Worldwide
Prof Yeung Yue Man,Director, Shanghai-Hong Kong Development Institute
Moderator: Mr Yau Shing Mu, Executive Chief Editor, Hong Kong Economic Times

Panel 2: A Blueprint for Hong Kong’s Sustainable Development
Mr Andrew Brandler, Chief Executive Officer, CLP Holdings Ltd
Mr K K Yeung, Chairman, K K Yeung Management Consultants Ltd
Mr Jeffrey Lam,Managing Director, Forward Winsome Industries Ltd
Mr David Lie, Chairman, Newpower International (Holdings) Co Ltd
Mr Y K Pang, Director, Jardine Matheson Ltd
Mr Andrew Yuen, Executive Director, On Kun Hong Ltd
Moderator: Mr Alex Fong, CEO, HKGCC

Luncheon Address: The Outlook for China after the 17th Party Congress and Implications for the Hong Kong Forecast
* Economist, Bank of China (Hong Kong)
Mr David O’Rear,Chief Economist, HKGCC
Moderator: Mr Peter Stein, Associate Editor, The Wall Street Journal Asia

Panel 3: Going In, Going Out – How Can Mainland Companies Make Use of Hong Kong as a Strategic Platform?
Dr Wang Jianzhou, Chairman, China Mobile Limited
Moderator: Prof Zhu Wenhui, Commentator, Phoenix Satellite Television Co

Panel 4: Integrating Hong Kong and Mainland China’s Financial Markets
Mr Michael Kurtz,Senior Managing Director, Head of Asian Strategy and Economics
Bear Stearns & Co., Inc. Hong Kong
Mr Qu Hongbin, Chief China Economist, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd
Mr Sean Wallace, Senior Managing Director, Asia, Darby Overseas Investments Ltd, Hong Kong, China
Moderator: Ms Mary Kissel, Editorial Page Editor, The Wall Street Journal Asia

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Dr Lily ChiangDr Yuwa Hendrick-Wong Luncheon Panel
Panel FivePanel FourPanel One
Panel TwoProf Yeung Yue ManRory Tapner
The Honorable Donald Tsang
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Hong Kong Business Summit Dinner: Dialogue with Global Leader Tony Blair

The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce hosted a special Business Summit dinner with Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, on November 5. The event provided a unique opportunity for guests to meet this global leader in person, to hear his insights and to engage in useful discussions with business leaders from around the region.

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