Co-organised by the Hong Kong SAR Government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the Asian Financial Forum 2019 was held on 14-15 January 2019 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Themed “Creating a Sustainable and Inclusive Future”, this year’s forum examined topical issues in the global economy and conducted real-time polling on participants’ views on topics such as economic outlook and high-growth sectors.More
From Chinese mainland firms’ legal structuring to major project development in ASEAN and Russia, Hong Kong is proving a focus for Belt and Road-related financing and mergers and acquisitions, say partners from law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. The Greater Bay Area development plan is also seen as a “massive opportunity” for Hong Kong companies to play a key role in planning and governance.
Hong Kong is a key financial market for investment in Malaysia, says Lim Guan Eng, Malaysia’s Minister of Finance. Speaking beside the Asian Financial Forum 2019, Mr Lim says he sees complementary, synergistic roles for Malaysia and Hong Kong and the AFF is an important venue to engage with the world’s financial capital markets. More
How would you characterise consumers in Asia? “Highly-demanding and mobile-first” says Cassandra Girard (Global Vice President and Head of Consumer and Travel Industries, SAP Customer Experience). Brands must therefore grasp their customer’s journey in order to make a mark on the region, where digital-first organisations are transforming different sectors. Ms Girard spoke at the Asian E-tailing Summit 2018 to help industry players navigate the evolving e-tailing ecosystem.More
The transparency and predictability of English law as practiced in Hong Kong underpin huge opportunities for developing Belt and Road projects and transactions, according to the co-authors of a book published by legal firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. Also, the Belt and Road Initiative has built significant momentum in a short time to already prove very successful.More
Hong Kong-based Taiping Reinsurance is involved in risk assessment and abatement for multi-billion US dollar projects across the Belt and Road Initiative, including an oil extraction project in Myanmar, metro rail development in Malaysia and hydroelectric power in Pakistan. General Manager Polly Ho says the company is a “protection provider” for clients, while Hong Kong can build on its role as a re-insurance centre for international firms.More
A particular mission of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum is to compare the technology of modern shipping with maritime travel of the past, according to Richard Wesley. The Museum’s Director says historical links with trade on the Maritime Silk Road are well illustrated while large numbers of today’s visitors want to understand why Hong Kong is “special”, with very many years of shipping expertise from shipbuilding to modern logistics.More
Big data can be a daunting topic for business owners to understand, let alone use. Making use of large information assets is in fact quite straightforward, according to Asian e-Tailing Summit 2018 speaker Patrick Steinbrenner (Managing Director for APAC, Insider). In this podcast, Mr Steinbrenner breaks down how companies can make use of large information assets, and why doing so is particularly helpful for e-tailing businesses.More
Hong Kong-based CALC is among the world’s top 10 aircraft leasing companies in the freight sector, says CEO Mike Poon. He says Hong Kong is an easy location for expertise in the sector, which also includes orders for aircraft parts, re-sale and recycling. CALC is connected to the Belt and Road Initiative through what is now called the “Aviation Silk Road”.
Speaking at the Asian e-Tailing Summit 2018, Cassandra Girard of online research organisation SAP Customer Experience describes Hong Kong as the hub for the region’s e-tailing development, while Emad Suhail Rahim of consumer trading company Robomart plans to open in Hong Kong in the near future. The Summit is described as a motivator for the over 1,400 attending business professionals and online retail experts.More