The 7th Belt and Road Summit opens this month in hybrid format


Government and business leaders meet to discuss future development and collaboration/investment opportunities

HONG KONG, August 18, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Co-hosted by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the seventh Belt and Road Summit will take held on August 31 and September 1 (Wednesday and Thursday). Day one activities will take place both physically and online at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, while day two will be entirely online. As part of the celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, this year’s Belt and Road Summit will be held under the theme “Heralding a New Chapter: Collaborate and Innovate”.

The latest summit will bring together government and business leaders from around the world to explore how the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) can be leveraged through the development of the Greater Bay Area (GBA) Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to forge multilateral collaboration, boost post-pandemic economic recovery, and stimulate investment and business opportunities, while highlighting the unique advantages of Hong Kong and facilitating investment and business cooperation in various fields.

Multilateral collaboration to stimulate synergies

This year’s summit will be held in a hybrid format, providing a platform for companies around the world to share ideas and explore opportunities for collaboration. Business representatives from around the world can participate virtually at the same time and continue to identify business opportunities even if they are unable to join the event in person, while those on site can take advantage a lively and interactive exchange with the speakers. The summit will consist of various sessions and events, including the opening session, policy dialogue, business plenaries, thematic breakout sessions and project pitch sessions. For the first time, the event will feature the Global Business Connectivity Forum to highlight how the summit can contribute to multilateral collaboration and realize synergies by strengthening ties between projects and businesses.

The event will bring together some 80 government officials and business elites from Belt and Road countries and regions, as well as project owners and operators, investors and service providers from around the world, to explore BRI opportunities. . In addition to learning about investment opportunities in different regions and sectors of the Belt and Road through inspiring sharing by renowned speakers, attendees will also be able to learn about potential projects and connect with potential partners for the investment and collaboration.

Government and business leaders meet to discuss future cooperation

HKTDC Chairman Dr Peter KN Lam and Hong Kong SAR Director General John Lee will host the opening session, which will include an online keynote address from the World Organization’s Deputy Director General of commerce, Zhang Xiangchen.

Entitled “Boosting Growth through Partnership and Collaboration,” the policy dialogue session, chaired by Hong Kong SAR Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Algernon Yau, will analyze how economies under the BRI can enhance the cooperation and stimulate economic growth through infrastructure development and post-war trade. pandemic era. Panelists include government officials from Belt and Road countries and regions.

Two business plenaries will be held on the first day, namely “Collaborating for a Bright New Era” in the morning and “Capturing the Synergies between the Belt and Road and the Greater Bay Area” in the afternoon. The morning session will open with special remarks from Hong Kong SAR Financial Secretary Paul Chan. Hang Lung Properties Limited Chairman Ronnie Chan will moderate the session and other speakers will include Rod Eddington, Chairman of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Advisory Board of JP Morgan and Non-Executive Chairman of Lion; John Key, the 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand; Liu Liange, President of the Bank of China; Aswin Techajareonvikul, Managing Director and Chairman of Berli Jucker Public Company Limited; and YK Pang, Deputy Managing Director and Chairman of Hong Kong, Jardine Matheson Holdings Limited. The session will explore how RCEP will bring new momentum to the region and how Belt and Road countries can strengthen connections to capitalize on new opportunities.

“Capturing Synergies between Belt and Road and Greater Bay Area”, moderated by Hong Kong Chinese Manufacturers Association Permanent Honorary President David YK Wong, will be held in the afternoon of the first day. Guest speakers include Ding Yanzhang, Chairman of Power Construction Corporation of China; Rex Auyeung, Chairman of MTR Corporation Limited; KC Chan, Chairman of WeLab Bank; Huang Zhaohui, Chairman and CEO, Chairman of the Management Committee, Executive Director of the Board of Directors of China International Capital Corporation Limited; and Michael Kwok, President of East Asia Region of Arup Group. They will discuss how the BRI can provide opportunities for the GBA and how companies should capitalize on their strengths to get ahead in the rapidly changing business world.

Covering different countries and regions, the BRI creates new spaces for the development of various professional sectors. To address the needs of these sectors, the summit, in conjunction with a number of organizations including the Ministry of Justice, the Infrastructure Finance Facilitation Office of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Insurance Authority , Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited, China Association of International Entrepreneurs, Bank of China (Hong Kong) Ltd, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, Standard Chartered Bank and Dun & Bradstreet, will hold several thematic breakout sessions. They will cover a wide range of topics such as international dispute resolution, insurance services, infrastructure development in the GBA, digitalization, green finance, fundraising and financing, digital technology, connectivity global, cross-border business opportunities, as well as start-ups. and youth development.

Presentation of online projects and connection of companies

The 2021 summit brought together more than 260 Belt and Road investment projects, covering 42 countries and regions. He has also facilitated over 770 individual project matching sessions for project owners, investors and professional service providers. Based on the previous success, the HKTDC will extend the hybrid project and business matching sessions this year from two to seven days (August 31 to September 6). New features will also be introduced, such as a video display at the top to increase project exposure and provide investors and professional services firms with a better understanding of project details.

Matchmaking sessions include individual business matchmaking meetings and project pitch sessions. Business matchmaking meetings will match participants based on their investment preferences and business expertise to facilitate one-on-one discussions of collaboration opportunities. More than 260 investment projects are expected this year. The project pitch sessions will provide a platform for project owners from different countries to present their projects, providing investors and service intermediaries with a comprehensive understanding of investment opportunities in different sectors. The pitch sessions will focus on four main areas: (1) energy, natural resources and public services, (2) innovation and technology, (3) urban development and (4) transport and logistics infrastructure.

The summit will also feature online and offline exhibits. Bringing together more than 60 exhibitors, the shows will be divided into “Global Investment Zone”, “Hong Kong Zone” and “GBA Tech Zone”. The “Global Investment Zone” will showcase large-scale investment projects and opportunities from different countries to attract international investors and partners; the “Hong Kong Zone” will demonstrate the excellent services and business advantages offered by businesses in the city; while the “GBA Tech Zone” will showcase high-end innovative technologies, artificial intelligence, digital technologies and solutions offered by exhibitors in the region.

China International Capital Corporation Ltd is the strategic partner of the Seventh Belt and Road Summit; Bank of China (Hong Kong) Ltd as regional banking partner; and China Mobile International Limited and China Unicom Global Limited as platinum sponsors.

Seventh Belt and Road Summit

– Date: August 31, 2022 (Wednesday) Hybrid; September 1, 2022 (Thursday) Online

– Venue: Hall 5FG, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center

– Notes: All video and audio recordings of the summit are for media purposes only

Websites:

– Belt and Road Summit:

https://www.beltandroadsummit.hk/conference/bnr/en

– Program :

https://www.beltandroadsummit.hk/conference/bnr/en/programme

– List of speakers:

https://www.beltandroadsummit.hk/conference/bnr/en/speaker

About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is an official body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop trade in Hong Kong. With 50 offices around the world, including 13 in mainland China, HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global business and investment hub. The HKTDC organizes international exhibitions, conferences and trade missions to create business opportunities for companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in continental and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market information and product information through research reports and digital information channels. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn.

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