Belt & Road Series Events

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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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2020/09/24

Belt & Road Working Group Meeting with Co-Convenors

Nigel Collett, Chairman of the Asia & Africa Committee, held a meeting with Edmond Yue and Nicholas Ho, the Belt and Road Working Group’s two new Co-Convenors, on 24 September. They discussed the prospects and goals of Group for the coming year.

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2020/07/14

Meeting with Dr Witman Hung, Belt and Road General Chamber of Commerce

Dr Witman Hung, Vice Chairman of Professional Committee on Innovative Technology at the Belt and Road General Chamber of Commerce (BRGCC), visited the Chamber on 14 July accompanied by his team to introduce BRGCC’s "Belt and Road Projects Database Service Platform." They were welcomed by Chamber CEO George Leung and Belt and Road Working Group Convenor Andrew Wells. Dr Hung explained that the platform was supported by the State Information Center and aimed to provide a one-stop-shop for BRI project intelligence and business matching. The two sides discussed potential collaboration and how to help businesses take advantage of the Belt and Road Initiative.

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2020/06/19

BRI Working Group Meeting

Nicholas Ho, Deputy Managing Director of hpa, shared his experience working on projects along the Belt and Road at the Chamber’s Belt and Road Working Group meeting on 19 June. He said the Belt and Road Initiative provided a framework to encourage foreign direct investment to less developed countries, and had generally improved physical, cultural, digital and technology connectivity among participating countries. He added that members interested in doing business in South East Asia should study the market extensively and evaluate potential risks. With a population of around 600 million people, the South East Asia market is heavily fragmented by political systems and cycles, and languages and cultures.

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2020/06/19
Krisztina Dóra Koletár, Trade Commissioner from the Consulate General of Hungary in Hong Kong

Looking Past the Crises: Europe, Hong Kong and the Belt and Road

Europe has been at the heart of the Mainland’s Belt and Road Initiative ever since its inception. Despite the pandemic putting some plans on hold, EU-BRI cooperation continues to flourish. Iris Pang, Chief Economist for Greater China from ING Wholesale Banking, spoke at the Chamber’s webinar organized by the Belt and Road Working Group on 19 June. She said that investments into the BRI were predominantly in the transport and logistics sector. Europe benefited from the BRI though enhanced infrastructure, access to financing and strategic partnerships for trading with China.

Also speaking at the webinar, Krisztina Dóra Koletár, Trade Commissioner from the Consulate General of Hungary in Hong Kong, gave a brief background of Hungary and its role in the BRI, as well as how Hong Kong businesses should take advantage of the BRI to connect with Hungary.

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