I was excited to join the Belt and Road Summit 2018, where officials from the mainland and Hong Kong as well as industry leaders gathered on this occasion to share updates and inspirations on the Belt and Road development. It was held in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and attracted around 5000 people from 55 countries to come together to explore the summit’s theme, Collaborate for Success.
The Chief Executive of the HKSAR, Carrie Lam, gave an opening speech for the occasion, while the Chairman of the HKTDC, Vincent HS Lo, delivered the welcoming remarks. In the uplifting speeches, we could clearly feel the success of and prosperity brought by the initiative. During the summit, a free trade agreement was signed between Hong Kong and Georgia. As a door to the Caucasus and Central Asia, Georgia will play a critical role in linking Europe and Asia and the free trade agreement marked a promising beginning.
At the Plenary Session titled “Action through Collaboration: Case Studies on Signature Belt and Road Projects” chaired by President of Asia Financial Holdings Limited, Bernard Chan, Belt and Road initiative investment opportunities were discussed and insights shared by President of China Communications Construction Group Liu Qitao, Vice Chairman of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce and Chairman of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Li Shufu, Chairman of MTR Corporation Limited Professor Frederick Ma, Chairman of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation Manuel V Pangilinan, and Vice Chairwoman of Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN Indonesia) and Chief Executive Officer of Sintesa Group, Shinta Widjaja Kamdani. This marked the highlight of the summit. Afterwards many discussion sessions unfolded where financing for infrastructure, information technology, engineering, green finance, risk management, legal services, etc were explored.
It was an eye-opening experience to hear reviews from industry leaders on the development of the national strategy. It also offered a good chance of reflecting on what role your industry plays and what position can be taken in this initiative.
接着的討論環節以「共商合作 共拓商機：探討一帶一路重點項目」為主題，由亞洲金融集團總裁陳智思主持，討論嘉賓有中國交通建設集團董事長劉起濤、全國工商聯副主席兼浙江吉利控股集團董事長李書福、香港鐵路有限公司主席馬時亨、菲律賓基建企業 Metro Pacific Investments Corporation 主席彭澤仁 (Manuel V Pangilinan)，以及印尼工商會副主席兼 Sintesa 集團行政總裁 Shinta Widjaja Kamdani，深入探討了一帶一路的投資機會，分享了相關經驗。討論環節後多場論壇陸續展開，由各領域專業人士相互討論，多項專題包括基建融資、資訊科技、工程、綠色金融、風險管理以及法律服務等方面，從不同面向探討相關議題。