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2022/04/11
Henry Tillman, Founder of China Investment Research and Prof Yang Jian, Vice President and Senior Fellow in Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS), gave an overview of the latest developments of the Health Silk Road (HSR) and China's work to bridge the global vaccine gap at the Chamber’s Belt and Road Working Group.

A Close Look into China’s Contributions to the Health Silk Road

Prof Yang Jian, Vice President and Senior Fellow in Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS), gave an overview of the latest developments of the Health Silk Road (HSR) and China's work to bridge the global vaccine gap at the Chamber’s Belt and Road Working Group, hosted by Edmond Yue, Co-convenor, on 11 April. He said China had recently pledged to supply an additional 1 billion vaccines to Africa, on top of the 2 billion pledged globally in 2021, to help the continent achieve its goal of vaccinating 60% of the African population by 2022. The country was also working with the international community to promote mutual vaccine recognition.

Also speaking at the meeting, Henry Tillman, Founder of China Investment Research, gave members an in-depth analysis of China's mRNA vaccine development, saying there was hope that one or two mRNA vaccines would be released in late 2022. China was working closely with over 27 developing countries via technology transfer and joint ventures to help them set up factories to produce vaccines locally, among which Indonesia, Pakistan, UAE and Uzbekistan led in number of vaccines produced. He encouraged members to explore investment opportunities in medical infrastructure and pharmaceutical manufacturing along the HSR.
 

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2022/03/14
We had a constructive meeting with Rex Chang, the new Commissioner of Belt and Road Office on 14 March.

Strengthening Ties with Belt and Road Office

We had a constructive meeting with Rex Chang, the new Commissioner of Belt and Road Office on 14 March. He was accompanied by Mary Tsang, Assistant Commissioner of Belt and Road Office and Helen Cheng, Trade Officer of Belt and Road Office, and were welcomed by Chamber CEO George Leung and Belt & Road Working Group Co-Convenors Edmond Yue and Nicholas Ho.

Chang said despite the pandemic, the government's plan for the BRI was to maintain the same momentum and promote Hong Kong's role as a functional platform between the Mainland and the international community. His office had organized a few webinars with ASEAN counties, namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, and was planning to organize another session with United Arab Emirates soon, a country with which Hong Kong had seen business ties growing rapidly in the past couple of years.

Apart from connecting Hong Kong to the international market, Chang said it was also important to bring Hong Kong and Mainland businesses together and find synergy. With that in mind, his office was organizing a few events with Mainland authorities to help promote integration of Hong Kong's state-of-the-art professional services sector with projects owners in the Mainland. He added there were many opportunities in green financing to help build a sustainable BRI.

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2021/09/24
Edmond Yue, Co-convenor of the Belt and Road Working Group, hosted the group’s meeting on 24 September, and welcomed Andre Wheeler, CEO of Wheeler Management Consulting Pty Ltd / Asia Pacific Connex.

Belt & Road Working Group Meeting

Edmond Yue, Co-convenor of the Belt and Road Working Group, hosted the group’s meeting on 24 September, and welcomed Andre Wheeler, CEO of Wheeler Management Consulting Pty Ltd / Asia Pacific Connex. Wheeler gave members a presentation on the latest developments of the Digital Silk Road (DSR) and its practical applications connecting land and port via non-human interfaces, and extending such connections into cities. New technologies had emerged, he said, to help make logistics seamless and more efficient along the Belt and Road.

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2021/06/15
Pham Binh Dam, Consul General of Vietnam in Hong Kong,

Belt and Road Working Group Meeting

Edmond Yue, Co-convenor of the Belt and Road Working Group, hosted the group’s meeting on 15 June, and welcomed Pham Binh Dam, Consul General of Vietnam in Hong Kong. The Consul General updated members on the latest developments in the country and business opportunities under the Belt and Road initiative. With a huge population of over 100 million, Vietnam possesses a skilled, educated and diligent workforce ready to work hard and adapt to new challenges, he told members attending the meeting. 

Many Vietnam businesses are interested in the Belt and Road and other Chinese initiatives such as the Greater Bay Area. However, Pham said, they did not have much knowledge about such initiatives, and it was hard to find an entrance point to the Mainland markets. The same applied to Hong Kong businesses looking to invest in Vietnam’s rapidly growing economy, where they would often find themselves facing vastly different business culture and rules and regulations. 

He said that although there had been a 40% growth in trade between Hong Kong and Vietnam in the first quarter, the flow of capital investment was limited due to global uncertainty and lack of mutual market insight. He suggested that the Chamber organizes a few sessions about potential investment projects and mergers and acquisitions opportunities in Vietnam.

Pham added that Hong Kong investors should keep an eye on sectors such as e-commerce, infrastructure, finance, and hospitality and tourism, where huge opportunities were emerging. On the hospitality side, for example, he said many luxury hotels along the country’s 3,000-km coastline were up for sale for a lowered price due to the pandemic, which could be lucrative after renovations and branding. He said Vietnam’s e-commerce sector had also developed in leaps and bounds in the past few years – in fact, he said, e-commerce was even more developed than in Hong Kong as almost everything in Vietnam could already be done online.

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2021/03/18
Denis Yip, Commissioner for Belt and Road, paid a courtesy call on Chamber CEO George Leung and Belt & Road Working Group Co-Convenors Edmond Yue and Nicholas Ho on 18 March to discuss ways to help more businesses in Hong Kong and overseas get on the BRI train.

Meeting with Belt and Road Office

Denis Yip, Commissioner for Belt and Road, paid a courtesy call on Chamber CEO George Leung and Belt & Road Working Group Co-Convenors Edmond Yue and Nicholas Ho on 18 March to discuss ways to help more businesses in Hong Kong and overseas get on the BRI train. He was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Kesson Lee and his team from the Belt and Road Office.

Yip said his office had been organizing webinars to promote trade and investment between Hong Kong and Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. He added that the Belt and Road Summit 2021, planned to take place in September, will feature a new emphasis on the Greater Bay Area (GBA), RCEP, ASEAN and their connection to the BRI. He explained that the his office’s work had been geared towards promoting Hong Kong as a top-class service provider to BRI countries, and leveraging Hong Kong’s advantages in sectors such as I&T, finance, startups, medical, construction and engineering. 

Leung said the Chamber and its BRI Working Group keeps members abreast of the latest developments of the BRI, and, through its connections with overseas chambers, connects members with potential partners in emerging markets in ASEAN and beyond.

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2021/03/02
Edmond Yue, Co-Convenor of the Belt and Road Working Group, hosted the group’s meeting on 2 March. He invited Liu Yajun, Head of Commercial Office, Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR, who spoke on the latest developments of the Belt and Road, and the initiative’s relations with the recently signed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Mainland’s Dual Circulation Strategy.

Belt and Road Working Group Meeting

Edmond Yue, Co-Convenor of the Belt and Road Working Group, hosted the group’s meeting on 2 March. He invited Liu Yajun, Head of Commercial Office, Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR, who spoke on the latest developments of the Belt and Road, and the initiative’s relations with the recently signed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Mainland’s Dual Circulation Strategy.

Liu said countries in the RCEP region had traditionally been important markets for the Belt and Road, so the RCEP will further create and enhance synergy between members of the trade bloc and the initiative. 

Although Hong Kong is not yet a member of the RCEP, it aims to join at the first opportunity. The Mainland supports Hong Kong's inclusion in the bloc, and believes the city will play a key role in connecting the participating economies through its state-of-the-art services industries and financial infrastructure.
 

 

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2021/01/07
Nicholas Ho, Co-Convenor of the Belt and Road Working Group, spoke at PASS (Professional Services Advancement Support Scheme) Symposium, organized by the Research Centre for Sustainable Hong Kong (CSHK) of City University of Hong Kong

Global Connectivity, Opportunities and Challenges: Hong Kong and ETCZs along BRI

Nicholas Ho, Co-Convenor of the Belt and Road Working Group, spoke at PASS (Professional Services Advancement Support Scheme) Symposium, organized by the Research Centre for Sustainable Hong Kong (CSHK) of City University of Hong Kong on 7 January.  Ho shared a myriad of business opportunities, including the architecture, urban planning and construction, available along the BRI, and talked about the Chamber’s work in promoting the initiative.

Over 200 participants from around the world joined the symposium online, which featured 16 guests and speakers, sharing insights on business opportunities and challenges for Hong Kong professional services in countries along the BRI.
 

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2020/11/04
Reopening Hong Kong Travel: Rapid Testing, Travel Bubbles, and the New Norm to Tourism

Reopening Hong Kong Travel: Rapid Testing, Travel Bubbles, and the New Norm to Tourism

Edward Yau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, updated members on the Air Travel Bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore at a Chamber webinar on 4 November. He said he hoped the bilateral arrangement would be launched by the end of November. He added that the Government has been speaking to 10 other countries to establish similar Air Travel Bubbles, and among these, negotiations with Thailand and Japan are at a more advanced stage. He also reassured members that there will be safety measures and mechanisms in place to ensure that the arrangement is safe.

Danny Yeung, CEO and Co-founder of Prenetics, introduced his company’s latest rapid Covid-19 test and explained their work to help reopen Hong Kong by making low-cost, on-the-spot testing readily available at various airports. He said the new test, which takes 15-30 minutes, had already been deployed at London Heathrow Airport. Once implemented at Hong Kong’s airport, it should be able to perform 12,000 tests per day.

Also speaking at the webinar, Arnaud Bernaert, Head of Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare of the World Economic Forum (WEF), told members about the efforts by the WEF, collaborating with the Commons Project and Prenetics, to help economies overcome the pandemic. The digital CommonPass could facilitate the return to normality by certifying people as safe to travel, although he said that harmonizing regulations and implementing such a scheme could take time.
 

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2020/10/28
Denis Yip Shing-fai, Commissioner for Belt and Road, spoke candidly about Hong Kong's efforts to help businesses benefit from the BRI at the Chamber’s Belt and Road Working Group Meeting.

Knowledge Sharing Session with Denis Yip Shing-fai, Commissioner for Belt and Road

Denis Yip Shing-fai, Commissioner for Belt and Road, spoke candidly about Hong Kong's efforts to help businesses benefit from the BRI at the Chamber’s Belt and Road Working Group Meeting. This was the last meeting for the Chamber's Belt and Road Working Group Convenor Andrew Wells who set it up and has been the driving force for the past three years. Edmond Yue and Nicholas Ho take over the reins as Co-Convenors.

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2020/10/28
The Chamber’s Belt and Road Working Group held a webinar on 28 October to help members learn about LATAM-China investment flows.

Latin American Businesses' Growing China Footprint

Although the BRI is often viewed as outbound Chinese investment, it also encourages a bilateral flow of trade and investment. This is ever more apparent with the growing trade flows into China from Latin America, and often the Greater Bay Area is the strategic bridgehead for companies planning to enter China's vast market. As a key entry point to the GBA, Hong Kong's physical and logistical connectivity, world-class professional services industry, and thorough understanding of China's business environment helps LATAM companies access the China market.

The Chamber’s Belt and Road Working Group held a webinar on 28 October to help members learn about LATAM-China investment flows. Ms Susana Muñoz Enríquez, Managing Partner of GBA LatAm Trade and Investment Advisors and New President of the Mexican Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, along with Mr Evaristo Trevino Berlanga, Partner of La Nao Group, briefed members on recent business developments and prospects of LATAM companies focusing their investments into the GBA. Dr Jinyue Dong, Senior China Economist at BBVA, talked about China’s leading global growth in post-pandemic time and the growing LATAM-China trade and investment linkages.

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