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Accounting for 12% of China's total GDP, a population of over 70 million and a landmass three times that of the San Francisco Bay, the Greater Bay Area clearly has enormous potential. In May this year, the Central Government reaffirmed its commitment to the development of the GBA with the release of the "Financial Support Guideline for the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA)" - a list of 30 'Articles' on financial services.

Hong Kong, as an international financial centre, has a key role to play in the development of the financial services industry in the GBA. Factors such as the flow of people, data and capital are critical to financial companies who want to seize the opportunities arising in the GBA.

PwC recently published a report revealing that financial services firms based in the region are keen to establish new service offerings in the GBA. We are delighted to have invited an expert from PwC to speak at a Chamber webinar about the findings of this report on 3 August at 11am-12:15pm. In the same webinar, experts from the financial service industry and InvestHK will discuss the opportunities emerging across the GBA for Hong Kong's financial service companies.

To minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus, this informative session will be conducted in the format of a webinar. Upon successful registration, registrants will receive a confirmation email with a specific link to access the webinar on the event date.

Speakers' presentations at this event are intended for educational purposes only and do not replace independent professional judgment. Statements of fact and opinions expressed during this event are those of the speakers and participants and, unless expressly stated to the contrary, are not the opinion or position of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, its members, or its committees. The Chamber does not endorse or approve, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, accuracy or completeness of the information presented. Attendees should note that, with the approval of speakers, this event may be recorded, and possibly published on the Chamber's website in audio and/or video formats without further notice.

Recording, duplication or distribution of the contents of the online event is prohibited without prior written permission from the Chamber.

Speaker(s) Florence Yip, Asia Pacific Tax Leader Financial Services, Asset & Wealth Management, PwC Hong Kong
Dixon Wong, Head of Financial Services, Invest Hong Kong
Esmond Lee, CEO, Euroclear Bank Hong Kong Branch

Florence Yip
Asia Pacific Tax Leader Financial Services, Asset & Wealth Management, PwC Hong Kong

Florence is PwC's Asia Pacific Tax Leader of Financial Services, and Asset & Wealth Management. She is a member of the PwC Global Financial Services Tax Leadership and the Board of the PwC Women Executive Network in Hong Kong. She was appointed a Justice of the Peace in Hong Kong on 1 July 2018.

She is a member of the Financial Services Development Council ('FSDC') of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (2013-2019) and is also the Convenor of the FSDC's New Business Committee. In her roles, Florence has led and contributed to a number of FSDC working groups in presenting recommendations on policy and regulatory reforms affecting asset and fund management, banking and insurance. She also advises on issues relating to how the financial industry in Hong Kong can contribute to the city's 'super connector' role in the Belt & Road initiative. [Full text]

Dixon Wong
Head of Financial Services, Invest Hong Kong

Dixon Wong was appointed as the Head of Financial Services at Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) in March 2019. InvestHK is the government department responsible for investment promotion, i.e. helping overseas and Mainland companies to establish or expand their business presence in Hong Kong.

Before joining InvestHK, Wong held various senior positions in a number of different departments in an international bank for more than 20 years. Before that, he worked in the assurance and advisory department of a big four international accounting firm.

Wong has obtained a LLB (Hons) degree and a MBA degree from the United Kingdom. He is also a Chartered Accountant (CA, Aust & NZ), Fellow Certified Public Accountant (FCPA, Hong Kong) and Fellow Chartered Secretary (FCIS, UK; FCS, Hong Kong). Wong is also a member of HKTDC Financial Services Advisory Committee and Steering Committee of Asian Financial Forum.

Esmond Lee
CEO, Euroclear Bank Hong Kong Branch

Before joining Euroclear on 1 November 2017, Lee was the Senior Advisor of the Financial Services Development Council (FSDC) between 22 August 2016 and 21 August 2017. FSDC was set up by the Hong Kong Government to develop financial services.

Before joining the FSDC, Lee served as the Executive Director in charge of the Financial Infrastructure Department at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) from 1 February 2008 to 7 August 2016. Lee has played a key role in the development and operation of the financial infrastructure, especially clearing and settlement systems, in Hong Kong since joining the HKMA in 1993. He served as Chief Representative in the HKMA's New York Office from 1998 to 2000.

Before joining the HKMA, Lee was working in the Hong Kong Government as Principal Economist.

Lee got a Master of Arts in Comparative Asian Studies in 1991 and a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Economics and Management Studies in 1978, both from University of Hong Kong; and a Master of Laws in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution from City University of Hong Kong in 2017.
Language English
Date and Time 2020/08/03 11:00 to 12:15
Venue This event will take place online via ZOOM
Media Open to media
Enquiries Wendy Chan
Tel: 2823 1207
Fee Members @ HK$100 / Non-Members @ HK$200
+$50 for booking offline
This event accepts Chamber Coupon (terms and conditions)
Members enjoy 30% discount with BOC HKGCC VISA Card
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