Hong Kong

Art Hub for the Belt and Road

Hong Kong’s success as an art hub for the Belt and Road includes “perfect” logistics, a proliferation of arts venues and international trade connections, says Kevin Ching of top auction house, Sotheby’s. With Hong Kong being Sotheby’s headquarters for Asia, he says the emergence of Chinese and Southeast Asian art in global markets are joined by work by other talented artists from Belt and Road areas that include the Caucuses and Central Asia. 

Kevin Ching, CEO Asia, Sotheby’s 

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Festivals for the Belt and Road

Hong Kong-based Branded, a live media company, increasingly holds festivals and other events in Belt and Road countries and CEO Jasper Donat sees the Initiative as enhancing business, while Hong Kong is an easy and entrepreneurial centre for operations. With many events like music and YouTube festivals in Southeast Asia, Branded has most recently initiated events in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Speaker: Jasper Donat, Co-Founder & CEO, Branded

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Belt and Road: Hong Kong as Treasury Centre

Tax incentives and financing expertise for Belt and Road Initiative projects offer huge opportunities for Hong Kong as a treasury centre, says Paul She of global accounting and consultancy firm, Mazars. The firm is focusing on technology clients related to the Belt and Road – some for IPO launch on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange – companies “often missed by the market”.

Paul She, Practising Director, Mazars CPA Limited

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Belt and Road Railway Brains

The MTR Academy offers intense courses on professional and managerial railway expertise, aiming to improve railways on the Belt and Road Initiative, according to Academy President Morris Cheung. This is essential for management development, says participant Kyaw Kyaw Myo of Myanmar Railways. Azerul Fahmi Mohamed of Malaysia’s Mass Rapid Transit enhances his railway management while Deddy Gamawan of MRT Jakarta looks to MTR’s high-speed expertise. 

Oil Dip Promotes Hong Kong Investment Surge

Lower oil prices are forcing Middle East and North African economies to diversify – promoting trade and investment synergies related to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says Perry Fung, HKTDC’s Director for the region. The UAE’s and Saudi Arabia’s interest in renewable energies and infrastructure create “hub to hub” investment opportunities for Hong Kong, while North African rail and city development provide openings for Hong Kong and Asian companies.

Perry Fung, Director, Middle East and North Africa, HKTDC

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BillionGroup Technologies Ltd - Providing energy and environmental consultancy services to Belt and Road countries

BillionGroup Technologies Ltd, an energy and environmental consultant in Hong Kong founded in 1991, has established an international presence through providing public and private sectors with a diversity of consultancy and implementation services related to energy conservation and pollution prevention.

Hong Kong Major Connector to Belt and Road Investment

Between 60 per cent and 70 per cent of all investment in infrastructure across the Belt and Road in 2016 flowed through Hong Kong in some way, says PwC’s Simon Booker – and Hong Kong has everything to gain in 2017. PwC’s Belt and Road Watch research for the past year shows that overall investment exceeded US$490 billion, with one third taking place or originating on the Chinese mainland.

Simon Booker, Partner, Corporate Finance, PwC
Gabriel Wong, Head, Corporate Finance, PwC China & Hong Kong 

China Construction Bank (Asia) – Leveraging the Hong Kong platform to facilitate mainland enterprises “going global”

Based in Hong Kong with a history spanning more than a century, China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation Ltd (“China Construction Bank (Asia)” or “CCB (Asia)”) is the flagship subsidiary of China Construction Bank Corporation (“CCB”) with the largest and most comprehensive operation, the most diverse range of products, and a pool of exceptional talents for CCB’s overseas business.

Belt and Road: The Green Route

Environmental protection is critical to China’s Belt and Road Initiative to parallel economic goals, says Steve Wong of Hong Kong’s BillionGroup Technologies. The firm develops solutions like waste-generated energy, solar power and industrial efficiency projects in Belt and Road locations including the Chinese mainland, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Dubai. He sees Hong Kong as an ideal location for green solutions to replicate in Belt and Road countries. 

Prof. Ir Steve Wong, Managing Director, BillionGroup Technologies Ltd

Careers Connector to the Belt and Road

A new Hong Kong online platform connects jobseekers and employers across Asia’s multi-faceted hospitality sector. At the HKTDC Education & Careers Expo 2017, May Chan of AsiaHospitalityCareers.com says China’s Belt and Road Initiative will have a positive effect while Co-Founder Danny Li aims to establish a “digital connector”. Bangladesh and Cambodian exhibitors also expect to leverage on Belt and Road education and careers opportunities.