SMALL ENTERPRISE, BIG VISION
The Hong Kong Government has a range of funding programmes in place to help SMEs and start-ups develop their businesses -- locally, in Mainland China and even globally. Karmen Leung, Manager at SME ReachOut, spoke at a webinar on 3 March where she provided an overview of the current funding schemes available. She also answered questions from members regarding the programmes including BUD, EMF and TVP – respectively the branding and upgrading, export marketing, and technology voucher schemes.
Members can also find further information about the available government funding schemes here
WEC Women in Innovation and Technology Series - LinkedIn
Lanis Yarzab, Head of Sales NEA, LinkedIn, spoke at a WEC webinar on 2 March to share her experience working for the professional networking platform, and her career journey in Hong Kong and other global cities. Speaking to WEC Chairman Nikki Ng, Yarzab also shared with members a variety of tips and tricks for making a memorable LinkedIn profile, as well as some networking do’s and don’ts.
Yarzab also shared some of her activities outside her day job, including her involvement in non-profits and charities such as Dress For Success, a Singapore-based organization empowering women to achieve economic independence, and Run for the Cure Foundation, a foundation partnered with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government whose mission is to eradicate breast cancer.
Belt and Road Working Group Meeting
Belt & Road Series
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.
Honing Hong Kong’s Smart City Capabilities
Tony Wong, Deputy Government Chief Information Officer, and Daisy Lo, Principal Assistant Secretary for Innovation & Technology, spoke at a webinar on 1 March where they shared some of the highlights from the Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong 2.0 that was unveiled late last year.
Hong Kong’s Smart City plans include a total of 130 new and ongoing initiatives, grouped under six key areas: Smart Mobility, Smart Living, Smart Environment, Smart People, Smart Government and Smart Economy.
The speakers explained how these strategies could enhance the competitiveness of Hong Kong, and quality of life for citizens, through a variety of technological initiatives such as the use of mobile applications and establishment of an innovative Smart LAB.
Marcos Chow, IT Advisory Partner and Head of Technology Enablement at KPMG China, also provided a private sector point of view on the updated smart city agenda, and shared his thoughts on how corporates can contribute to the city’s sustainability.