The second Belt and Road Summit
Co-organised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the second Belt and Road Summit was held on 11 September 2017. Taking the theme of “From Vision to Action”, the Summit received overwhelming response from many different sectors. It attracted senior government officials and business executives from countries along and beyond the Belt and Road, who discussed the latest policies and business opportunities arising from Belt and Road Initiative. Over 3,000 participants from more than 50 countries and regions joined the Summit. The Summit’s investment and business matching session including the "one-to-one business matching meetings" were particularly well-attended.
Programme of the Summit included:
- Opening Session
Mrs Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive of the HKSAR; Mr Ning Jizhe, the Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission; Madam Gao Yan, the Vice Minister of Commerce; and Mr Xie Feng, the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in the HKSAR, attending on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; addressed the audience with keynote speeches.
- In her keynote, the Chief Executive pointed out that as an international metropolis and China’s best-connected city, Hong Kong can, and will, make immense contributions to the Belt and Road across all the five areas of connectivity.
- Panel Sessions
- (1) Investing in Belt and Road: Dialogue with Policymakers
The session was chaired by Mrs Laura Cha, Chairman of Financial Services Development Council, Hong Kong. Policymakers from Poland, Thailand and Hong Kong, represented by Mr Edward Yau, the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, shared their insights.
- (2) Partnerships with ASEAN: Growth through Infrastructure
The session was chaired by Mr Bernard Chan, President of the Asia Financial Holdings Ltd. Panelists from Hong Kong, the Mainland and the ASEAN exchanged views on their first-hand experience of investing in infrastructure projects and how they worked together with Hong Kong enterprises in realizing these projects.
- Keynote Luncheon
Mr Paul Chan, the Financial Secretary of the HKSAR, delivered the opening remarks; and Dr Luky Eko Wuryanto, Vice President and Chief Administration Officer of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) gave the keynote address.
- Thematic Breakout Forum
- (1) Capturing Infrastructure Investments and Financing Opportunities through Hong Kong
The forum was co-organised with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority Infrastructure Financing Facilitation Office (IFFO), and chaired by IFFO’s Advisor Dr Victor K Fung. The forum examined how Hong Kong’s financial sector could assist investors and project owners with their projects’ financial arrangements.
- (2) Using Hong Kong as a Platform for Infrastructure Dispute Resolution
The forum was co-organised with the Department of Justice and chaired by Professor Teresa Cheng, Chairman, Asian Academy of International Law. Mr Rimsky Yuen, the Secretary for Justice of the HKSAR gave a welcome address at the forum. The panelists discussed how Hong Kong as Asia’s premier dispute resolution centre could contribute to resolving disputes related to Belt and Road Initiative, thereby enhancing cross-border infrastructural investments in the region.
- (3) Sharing by Young Business Leaders on Belt and Road Opportunities
The forum was chaired by Mr Joe Ngai, Managing Partner, Greater China, McKinsey & Company. In the forum, a panel of young business leaders from different economies and a diverse range of sectors, exchanged views on the business opportunities brought about by the Belt and Road Initiative and implications for young entrepreneurs.
- Investment and Business Matching Session
- “One-to-one Business Matching Meetings”
Over 200 project owners, investors and services providers participated in the one-to-one business matching meetings.
- Investment Project Presentations and Networking
More than 600 project owners, investors and service providers participated in the session with more than 170 investment projects presented at the Summit under three different themes: transport and logistics infrastructure; energy, natural resources and public utilities; and urban development.