To:

Association & Chapter / Section Heads and Member associates

Cc:

Office Holders, Federation Coordinators, HKTDC Regional & Branch Directors, Chris Lo, Megan Fung, Irene Hau, Tim Lung, Flora Tse, Kelly Yeh, Adi Poon, Bethany Wong, Kate Chong

From:

Federation Secretariat

Date:

14 December 2022

Subject:

Thank You for Making the 23rd Hong Kong Forum Wonderful

Subject:

Thank You for Making the 23rd Hong Kong Forum Wonderful

Dear Association / Chapter Heads / Member associates,

We are much grateful in greeting you in person at Hong Kong Forum once again, after the past three years of pandemic impact.  Your valuable support has privileged us to welcome more than 100 of you travelling back physically from around the globe.    This year, apart from the main plenary sessions, we have thoughtfully added various cultural elements  (e.g. M+ Museum, Cultural Tour to Central Market, etc.) and valuable networking opportunities under a special format facilitated by HKSAR government.  Hope you find this trip to Hong Kong Forum exciting and rewarding.  Thank you everyone of you for testifying Hong Kong is still the preferred Asian city that connects the world.

Regarding online participation, members who have registered for Hong Kong Forum earlier could enjoy the playback video using the same access link until 29 January 2023.  They will be available on YouTube starting February 2023.  The speakers’ powerpoint presentations can be downloaded here. Event photos of Hong Kong Forum can be viewed via https://hkforum.hktdc.com/conference/hkforum/en/photogallery.

We would appreciate if you could share your comments with us by completing the online questionnaire, which has been sent to you by email separately.

Enclosed please find a post-event report for your kind reference.

Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous 2023.

Best regards,

Megan Fung

Federation Secretary

Co-organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide (Federation), the 23rd Hong Kong Forum was  concluded successfully on 29-30 November 2022.

The two-day event attracted over 1,700 online and onsite participants from 35 countries and regions.  The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region was our keynote speaker to share to his vision on the development of Hong Kong and the government’s initiatives in enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness in doing business and developing new growth areas.   In addition, 16 top-notch Hong Kong speakers shared about the new business landscape and potentials in Hong Kong with special highlights on ‘RCEP and GBA’, ‘innovation and sustainability’ and dedicated session on the economic outlook of Mainland China and the Young Executive Programme were held on the Day 2 of the Forum to examine the latest development of Mainland China market and to cultivate exchange and partnership among young members around the globe.

For members who had travelled to Hong Kong, local visits to learn the latest infrastructure development, cultural and arts transformations, as well as innovation and technology sectors were organised. Destinations included the M+ Museum, Hong Kong International Airport and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks. Regarding the cultural tour, Hong Kong Tourism Board had arranged a city tour to Hong Kong Central Market and Observation Wheel for the participants.

During the Forum, the Federation’s Awards Presentation Ceremony was held to feature the outstanding achievements of the business associations and individual members in the past year, a total of 19 winners were awarded under the category of ‘Best Initiative Award’, ‘Young Member and Start-up Award’ and ‘Outstanding Membership Award’.

16 prominent speakers

Over 1,700 business leaders covering 35 countries and regions

Over 1,500 viewers

19 winners were awarded under the three categories of Federation’s Awards Programme.

Registered participants could watch all panel sessions via the digital platform to cater participants from different time zones

Offline viewing sessions of the Forum were arranged for some HKBAs

On 29 and 30 November, the 23rd Hong Kong Forum returned to its home at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, attracting more than 200 participants, including 100 global business leaders, in-person. From third left: HKTDC Chairman Dr Peter KN Lam, HKSAR Chief Executive John Lee; FHKBAW Chairman Hans Poulis and HKTDC Executive Director Margaret Fong

In her opening remarks, Margaret Fong, HKTDC’s executive director, said businesses the world over will pay close attention to Mainland China, including the GBA, and RCEP markets in the years ahead to reap its benefits. And that is the focus of this year’s Hong Kong Forum

In a plenary session chaired by Stacey Chow, Director and Asia-Pacific Regional Lead for Business and Society at the Brunswick Group, business leaders including Dee Poon, resident of Brands and Distribution at Esquel Group; Bertrand Chen, CEO of Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN); Sonia Cheng, CEO of Rosewood Hotel Group and Vice-chairman of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group; and Tracy Wong Harris, Managing Director and Head of Sustainable Finance in Asia at Standard Chartered Bank, discussed how overseas companies can seize  RCEP and GBA opportunities through Hong Kong

Global business leaders paid a visit to some of Hong Kong’s key development – including Hong Kong International Airport and the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks, to learn about the city’s unique advantages as a hub for global aviation as well as innovation and technology.

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