New Commissioner for Belt and Road
Belt & Road Series
Denis Yip Shing-fai, newly appointed Commissioner for Belt and Road, visited the Chamber on 13 August where Chamber Chairman Aron Harilela, CEO Shirley Yuen and Deputy CEO Watson Chan discussed the BRI and initiatives that the Government has been doing to assist local companies to “go outside” under BRI, such as Dedicated Fund on Branding, Upgrading and Domestic Sales, and SME Export Marketing Fund. To better achieve the goal of “going out,” both sides discussed regions and sectors that Government policies could focus on in future. Both sides agreed that closer cooperation between the Government and the business sector is a good way to foster development of BRI.
Cloud Technology and Cyber Security: Enterprise Applications and Opportunities
Mark Ho, System Consultant at Kingdee International Software Group (H.K.), and Henry Yeung, Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Retail Technology Industry Association, spoke at a Chamber roundtable luncheon on 7 August.
Ho said that in addition to using cloud technology to achieve better results, enterprises should also constantly update their technology and reconstruct their business ecosystems. Yeung explained that although investment in cybersecurity will not generate immediate profit, enterprises that do not prioritise this area could be at high risk of cyber attacks, and the subsequent loss of reputation and customers.
JETRO visits the Chamber
The new Director General of JETRO Hong Kong Tomohiro Takashima, along with Deputy Director General Yutaka Hashimoto and Officer Yusuke Kobayashi, paid a courtesy call on the Chamber on 2 August. Asia & Africa Committee Chairman Behzad Mirzaei, and Director for PR & Programs Malcolm Ainsworth welcomed the visitors and both sides discussed how they can further collaborate after the successful mission to Hokkaido.
China-US Trade Disputes: U.S. Sanctions, Export Control and Tariffs – Are you up to speed and prepared?
Trade War Series
To provide our members with a detailed update on the current status of U.S. export control and sanction regimes, and their implications for businesses in Hong Kong and Mainland China, Cari Stinebower and Chris Monahan, partners of Winston & Strawn spoke on the subject and also shared views on various risk indicators, enforcement trends, and what companies can do to stay prepared and protected.
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