"Resilience Strategy: Thailand-Hong Kong Partnership" Webinar
The Commerce and Economic Development Bureau and the Thailand Board of Investment jointly organised a webinar titled "Resilience Strategy: Thailand-Hong Kong Partnership" on 29 June 2020.
The webinar not only provided a platform to share experience and insights of Hong Kong on applications of innovation and technology (I&T) to combat the COVID-19 and in response to related livelihood needs, but also showcased the strengths of Hong Kong's I&T enterprises as well as research capabilities and services. It facilitated Hong Kong enterprises intending to expand into the Thai market to better understand the local business environment, thereby fostering closer economic and trade collaboration with Thailand.
The webinar was kick-started with welcoming remarks by the presiding Deputy Secretary General to the Prime Minister for Political Affairs of Thailand, Dr Kobsak Pootrakool. This was followed by responding remarks by the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Edward Yau. The Secretary General of the Thailand Board of Investment, Ms Duangjai Asawachintachit, then outlined the investment opportunities in Thailand that were available to Hong Kong enterprises before coming to a dynamic panel discussion titled "Hong Kong’s Role in Regional Co-operation and Business Partnership" and a Q&A session. Concluding remarks were given by Secretary Yau and Dr Kobsak Pootrakool before the close.
Moderated by the Convenor of the Non-official Members of the Executive Council, Mr Bernard Chan, the panel discussion offered insights in the areas of trade, economic and I&T, as well as future opportunities on Hong Kong-Thailand partnership. Panelists of the session included the Chairman of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Dr Peter Lam; the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, Dr Sunny Chai; the Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, Dr Daniel Yip; and the Chairman of HPA (Ho & Partners Architects Engineers & Development Consultants Limited), Mr Nicholas Ho, who has investment projects in Thailand.
The webinar attracted close to 600 participants from chambers of commerce, small and medium enterprises and start-ups in Hong Kong and Thailand. More details can be found in the press release.