1 Dec 2009
10th Hong Kong Forum Opens Today
Two-Day Event Attracts Nearly 400 International Business Leaders
1 December 2009 – More than 380 business leaders from 24 countries are taking part in the 10th Hong Kong Forum, which opened this morning at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and continues through 2 December.
The two-day Hong Kong Forum is the annual flagship event of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide.
Launched in 2000, the Federation is a network of 33 Hong Kong business associations counting more than 10,000 members in 34 countries and regions. The Forum provides up-to-date business and market information on Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and the rest of Asia and region. It also offers Federation members business opportunities and contacts through its wide-ranging programme of panel discussions, thematic workshops, networking sessions and optional visits.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, HKTDC Chairman Jack So said real growth today is being driven by developing Asia and the Chinese mainland. He said the mainland’s 200 million middle-class consumers are generating demand for consumer goods and creating new opportunities for manufacturers worldwide.
The HKTDC will continue to help local SMEs enter mainland and emerging markets, Mr So said. “The Council will be making a big push into the mainland’s domestic market, focusing on the services sector and on Hong Kong-branded products. It will also expand our promotional efforts in new and emerging markets, including India and ASEAN countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.”
Chief Secretary Henry Tang delivered the keynote address at today’s welcome lunch. Secretary for Development Carrie Lam also spoke today at the Forum.
Forum highlights today included the Star Leaders Panel Discussion. Annie Wu, Managing Director, Hong Kong Beijing Air Catering Ltd, Vincent Lo, Chairman, Shui On Group and Sir Gordon Wu, Chairman, Hopewell Holdings Ltd, revealed how Hong Kong has helped them expand their businesses in the mainland.
The Forum’s popular Business Speed Dating also took place today. The annual speed-dating session allows participants six-minute conversations with up to 10 potential business partners.
Tomorrow’s Forum lineup of speakers includes: Ronnie Chan, Chairman of Hang Lung Properties Ltd; Gregory De’eb, General Manager, Crown Wine Cellars Ltd; Anthony Keung, Chief Executive Officer, Fenix Group Holdings; Calvin Mak, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Rhombus (HK) Management Ltd; Paul So, Chairman, Sweda Ltd; Cliff Sun, Executive Director, Kin Hip Metal & Plastic Factory Ltd; Karon Wan, Partner, Deloitte Consulting; Simon Wong, Group Chairman, Kampery Group; Douglas Young, Chief Executive Officer, GOD Ltd; and Carrie Yu, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Optional Hong Kong Forum programmes include visits to Modern Terminals and the 8th Estate Winery, a tour of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre’s newly completed expansion, and an architectural walk through Central organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board. Participants can also visit Guangzhou, Nansha, Foshan and Jiangmen to network with local private enterprises.
Please contact the HKTDC's Corporate Communication Department:
Victor George Paddy
Tel: (852) 2584 4517
About the HKTDC
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 offices worldwide, including 11 in the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, www.hktdc.com