28 June 2018 (Thursday)
08:00 Registration Opens
08:00 – 08:45 Welcome Coffee & Networking
08:45 - 09:45
Hall 5B
(Main Room)
Opening Session

Welcome Remarks

    Mr Vincent H S Lo , GBM, GBS, JP  
    Chairman, Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Opening Address

  • The Hon Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, GBM, GBS  
    The Chief Executive, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Special Addresses

  • Mr Xiao Yaqing  
    Chairman, State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC), the People’s Republic of China
  • Mr Ning Jizhe  
    Vice Chairman, National Development and Reform Commission, the People’s Republic of China
  • Madam Gao Yan  
    Vice Minister, Ministry of Commerce, the People's Republic of China

Keynote Speech

  • Dr Somkid Jatusripitak
    Deputy Prime Minister, the Kingdom of Thailand

09:45 - 09:55
Hall 5B
(Main Room)

Free Trade Agreement between Hong Kong and Georgia – Signing Ceremony

Hong Kong has concluded negotiations of a free trade agreement (FTA) with Georgia, which will be the first FTA between Hong Kong and an economy in the Caucasian region of Eurasia. The FTA is comprehensive in scope, encompassing trade in goods, trade in services, investment, dispute settlement mechanism and other related areas.

Lead-in Speech

  • Mr Edward Yau Tang-wah, GBS, JP  
    Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

09:55 - 11:10
Hall 5B
(Main Room)

Plenary Session

Action through Collaboration: Case Studies on Signature Belt and Road Projects

As more Belt and Road projects are getting off the ground, business opportunities continue to multiply. Governments and businesses are busily tapping into these promising new opportunities, yet some practical conundrums remain to be solved. How can all parties join hands to overcome these challenges? What tangible actions have been taken? With ASEAN bound to benefit extensively from the Initiative, how will the freshly inked HK-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement further propel collaboration? A panel of world-renowned business leaders comprising investors, project owners and service providers will share their first-hand business experience with real cases, and illustrate how important Belt and Road projects have been progressing and steering local developments.

Panel Chair:

    Mr Bernard Charnwut Chan, GBS, JP,
    President, Asia Financial Holdings Limited


  • Mr Liu Qitao
    Chairman, China Communications Construction Group
  • Mr Li Shufu
    Vice Chairman, All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce;
    Chairman, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group
  • Prof Frederick Ma Si-hang, GBS, JP
    Chairman, MTR Corporation Limited
  • Mr Manuel V Pangilinan
    Chairman, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation
  • Mrs Shinta Widjaja Kamdani
    Vice Chairwoman, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN Indonesia);
    Chief Executive Officer, Sintesa Group
11:10 - 11:25
Halls 5C, E, G
Coffee Break
11:25 - 12:40
Hall 5B
(Main Room)

Thematic Breakout Forums

Concurrent Breakout Session A1: Risk Mitigation in Infrastructure Financing

Co-organised with :                

Private sector capital is much needed for financing the infrastructure projects in Belt and Road countries given their vast development needs yet limited fiscal resources. However, participation of private sector capital in infrastructure financing in emerging economies have been limited due to various types of risks. Therefore, properly mitigating various forms of risks is most critical to improving the bankability of infrastructure projects.

Comprising senior representatives from different key stakeholders in infrastructure financing, this panel will look into the risk factors that hinder private sector capital’s participation and more importantly, the corresponding mitigation solutions.

Panel Chair:

  • Mr Eddie Yue, JP
    Deputy Chief Executive, Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA);
    Director, HKMA Infrastructure Financing Facilitation Office (IFFO)


  • Mr James Cameron
    Co-Head of Infrastructure and Real Estate Group, Asia-Pacific,
    The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited
  • Mr Ian Chung
    PRC Leader & Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, AECOM
  • Mr Mark Moseley
    Chief Operating Officer, Global Infrastructure Hub
  • Mr Geert Peeters
    Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer, CLP Holdings Limited
  • Mr Tim Warren
    Head of Credit Lines, Asia Pacific, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd
  • Ms Wen Hong
    Chief Representative, Hong Kong Representative Office, The Export-Import Bank of China
11:25 - 12:40
Hall 5E
(Room A)

Concurrent Breakout Session A2: Digital Silk Road

Co-organised with :                

The ancient Silk Road is being transformed into a modern Digital Silk Road in this technological era under the Belt and Road initiative synergised by government development strategies, interconnected smart cities and cross-border commerce. Technological advancement is triggering a seismic impact on industries around the world, including industries which are expected to power the long term development of Belt and Road. Building smarter cities and enabling greater financial inclusion will steer the revolution of Digital Silk Road which can instantly connect the nodes along and beyond Belt and Road regions.

Cyberport will host this session to bring you up to date on the latest development of Hong Kong’s Smart City Blueprint. Industry experts will discuss how digital technology innovations in the fields of smart city development and financial inclusion can be harnessed to pioneer the transformation of a modern Digital Silk Road.

Welcome Remarks

    Dr Lee George Lam
    Chairman, Hong Kong Cyberport

Keynote Speeches

  • Ir Allen Yeung Tak-bun
    Government Chief Information Officer, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
  • Mr Alex Kong  
    Founder & Chairman, TNG FinTech Group

  •    Panel Discussion

  • Panel Chair:

    • Dr Toa Charm
      Chief Public Mission Officer, Hong Kong Cyberport


    • Mr Antoine Blondeau
      Chairman, Zegal
    • Ms Peggy Choi
      CEO & Founder, Lynk
    • Mr Abel Zhao
      Co-Founder & CEO, TravelFlan
    11:25 - 12:40
    Hall 5E
    (Project Pitching Room)

    Project Pitching
    Session 1: Energy, Natural Resources & Public Utilities

    12:40 - 14:25
    Grand Hall
    Luncheon Plenary

    Introduction of Opening Remarks Speaker

      Mr Bi Mingjian
      Chief Executive Officer, China International Capital Corporation Limited

    Opening Remarks

      The Hon Paul Chan Mo-po, GBM, GBS, MH, JP  
      Financial Secretary, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

  •    Panel Discussion

  • Ministerial Dialogue

    Panel Chair:

    • Mr Edward Yau Tang-wah, GBS, JP
      Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region


    • H.E. U Thaung Tun
      National Security Advisor;
      Union Minister for the Ministry of the office of the Union Government;
      Chairman of Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC), the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
    • Mr Genadi Arveladze
      Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Georgia
    • Baroness Fairhead, CBE
      Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion, Department for International Trade, the United Kingdom
    • HE Lim Sidenine
      Secretary of State, Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Kingdom of Cambodia
    Hall 5B (Main Room)

    Thematic Breakout Forums

    Concurrent Breakout Session B1: Chinese Infrastructure Investment Trends and Opportunities

    Co-organised with :                

    Since the inception of Belt and Road Initiative in 2013, Chinese infrastructure investment in Belt and Road countries has ballooned. Physical infrastructure, as the backbone of economic development supporting a slew of industries, is critical to the success of the Initiative. As the “forerunners” of this grand vision, Chinese enterprises in the infrastructure sector are gearing up to expand their foothold all across Belt and Road. Their journey, however, is not at all times smooth. How do Chinese enterprises react to the unexpected local setbacks and hurdles? What can we learn from their experience? How are they adjusting their strategy or approach, to make the bumpy roads more accessible and local views less polarised? How can Hong Kong’s top cadre of service professionals help them craft a better investment strategy and project execution plan, thereby convincing local communities of an inclusive growth? Chinese International Contractors Association will host this session to offer an insider look at the trends, collaboration opportunities as well as case studies of Chinese infrastructure investments and constructions along the Belt and Road.

    Welcome Remarks

      Mr Fang Qiuchen  
      Chairman, China International Contractors Association (CHINCA)

    Panel Chair:

    • Mr Nicholas Kwan
      Director of Research, Hong Kong Trade Development Council

    Panel Speakers:

    • Mr Wang Jianping
      Chairman, China Energy Engineering Group Corporation Limited
    • Mr Hung Cheung Shew
      Executive Director, Vice President, China State Construction International Holdings Limited
    • Mr Patrick Ip
      Managing Director, China-ASEAN Investment Cooperation Fund (CAF)
    • Ms Lu Ying
      General Manager, Global Corporate Banking Department, Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited
    • Mr Zhang Jian
      Chairman of the Board, Broad Homes Industrial Group

    Case Sharing:

    • Mr Yan Ligang
      Director-General of Beijing Municipal Commission of Commerce
    14:45 - 16:00
    Hall 5E
    (Room A)

    Concurrent Breakout Session B2: Green Finance

    Co-organised with :                

    At a time of green and sustainable development topping the agenda of international institutions, governments and businesses, investors are required to invest sustainably and responsibly. Green finance has been gaining momentum in the infrastructure space globally, especially in countries along the Belt and Road which are gifted with natural resources. As we look ahead, investors eyeing on long run and stable return from Belt and Road projects must embrace the green agenda in their investment considerations. Hong Kong as a leading international financial centre is well poised to help global investors realise the lucrative potential of green finance business under the Initiative. This session gathers top-notched speakers in the field to assess the outlook for green finance in Belt and Road.

    Welcome Remarks

    • Mr Joseph H L Chan, JP
      Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

    Panel Chair:

    • Mr Stephen Wong Yuen-shan
      Deputy Executive Director and Head of Public Policy Institute, Our Hong Kong Foundation


    • Mr Jonathan Drew
      Managing Director, Infrastructure and Real Estate Group, Global Banking Asia-Pacific, The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited
    • Mr Liu Dashan
      Chairman, China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group
    • Mr David Pang
      Treasurer, MTR Corporation Limited
    • Mr Pat-Nie Woo
      Partner, Business Reporting and Sustainability, KPMG
    14:45 - 16:15
    Hall 5G
    (Room B)

    Concurrent Breakout Session B3: Hong Kong as the Deal Maker and Dispute Resolver
    Part I: Deal Maker in International Cross-Border Transactions

    Co-organised with :                

    Remarks: Thematic Breakout Forum B3 & C3 have been awarded 3 CPD points by the Law Society of Hong Kong.

    As a result of the Belt and Road Initiative, international transactional agreements and mega projects are blossoming in countries that span across Asia, Europe and Africa. They cover finance, infrastructure, information technology as well as agriculture, healthcare and hotel management, etc. Although risks are inherent in cross-border transactions, for instance, political, security, credit and financial risks, Hong Kong is well equipped to provide a wide spectrum of legal risk management services for corporations and state-owned entities along the Belt and Road routes. Our multi-lingual and international pool of legal professionals, with a wealth of experience and expertise, are best positioned to offer legal advice on risks management and disputes resolution in each and every stage of these business transactions.

    This session will be conducted in “Davos style” with a panel of distinguished transactional lawyers sharing their legal insights and practical advice on the fundamental principles of contract drafting for international business transactions with a view to safeguarding your legal and commercial interests in the Belt and Road projects and effectively reducing the risks involved. They will present their specific Belt and Road experience with practical guidance and case illustrations on legal risk management, dispute avoidance and costs-effective conflict resolution. Panel chair and expert panelists may offer insights into how a deal can be structured to take advantage of the legal protection under investment treaties, etc. An update about the setting up of Belt and Road e-arbitration and e-mediation (eBRAM) platform which seeks to serve the needs of Belt and Road transactions.

    Welcome Remarks

      The Hon Ms Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah, GBS, SC, JP
      Secretary for Justice, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

    Panel Chair:

    • Mr Nick Chan, MH  
      Chairman, eBRAM Centre; Partner, Squire Patton Boggs


    •    Roadmap on Cross-border Transactions and Investment
      • Ms Vivian Lam  
        Partner, Paul Hastings

    •    Financing (including Islamic Financing) and Capital Market
      • Ms Vivian Lam  
        Partner, Paul Hastings
      • Mr Amirali B Nasir, MH, JP  
        Founding Principal, Nasirs®;
        Vice President, The Law Society of Hong Kong

    •    Mergers & Acquisitions
      • Ms Hannah Ha  
        Partner, Mayer Brown JSM

    •    Cross-border Tax Regimes
      • Mr Steven Sieker  
        Partner, Baker & McKenzie
    14:45 - 15:45
    Hall 5G
    (Room C)

    Concurrent Breakout Session B4: Women Entrepreneurship on the Belt and Road

    Presented by :                

    Leading women entrepreneurs from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and Southeast Asia will share their perspectives on the challenges they face and how they are overcome when embracing Belt and Road opportunities. They will discuss successful regional and global gender equality initiatives as well as identify the prospects and perils for women entrepreneurs in Belt and Road countries.

    Panel Chair:

    • Ms Zuraidah Ibrahim
      Deputy Executive Editor, South China Morning Post


    • Ms Clara Chan
      Chief Executive Officer, Lee Kee Holdings Limited
    • Ms Winnie Chiu, JP
      President & Executive Director, Dorsett Hospitality International
    • Ms Yasmin Rasyid
      Founder and President, Eco Knights
    • Ms Diane Wang
      Founder & CEO, DHgate
    14:45 - 16:00
    Hall 5E
    (Project Pitching Room)

    Project Pitching
    Session 2: Transport & Logistics Infrastructure

    Halls 5C, E, G
    Coffee Break
    Hall 5G
    (Room C)

    Thematic Breakout Forums

    Concurrent Breakout Session C1: Sharing by Young Business Leaders on Belt and Road Opportunities

    Supporting Organisation :                

    Young business talent is one of the most important ingredients in the continued development of the long-committed Belt and Road vision. How can younger business generations harness collaborative creativity to unlock the opportunities in the years ahead? How can business successors tap into these booming opportunities to take their family business to the next level? How can businesses work together to improve the commercial viability of Belt and Road projects, and foster a vibrant Belt and Road market appealing to the aspiring young entrepreneurs? In this session, a panel of young business leaders from different streams will exchange views on the Initiative’s implications for entrepreneurship and business opportunities.

    Panel Chair:

    • Mr Jason Chiu
      Founder & CEO, Cherrypicks


    • Mr Suteja Sidarta Darmono
      Director, PT Jababeka Tbk
    • Mr Dominic Pang
      Chairman, Asia Allied Infrastructure Holdings Limited
    • Mr Melvyn Pun
      Chief Executive Officer, Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd.
    • Mr Rex Sham  
      Co-founder and Chief Science Officer, Insight Robotics
    16:30 - 17:45
    Hall 5E
    (Room A)

    Concurrent Breakout Session C2: Using Hong Kong as a Centre for Risk Management of the Belt and Road Projects

    Co-organised with :                

    This session has been awarded 1 CPD point under the CPD programme for insurance intermediaries by the Hong Kong council for accreditation of academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ).

    The Belt and Road Initiative will bring about immense opportunities to investors. To seize these opportunities, one need to understand, identify and manage the underlying risks correctly. In this session, a panel of experts from insurance, reinsurance, insurance broking and captive companies will bring an insight of:


    How participants of the Belt and Road Initiative can deal with different risks faced by their overseas assets and businesses (including risks for assets for project set up, default risk, political and sovereign risks, employees’ safety risks, operations risks, construction risks, risks for consequential losses arising from delay of projects);


    The role of insurance on risk management in helping investors in the management of risks; and


    How Hong Kong can make use of its strengths to complement national policies and support Mainland enterprises to go global.

    Panel Chair:

    • Mr Simon Lam Sui-kong
      Executive Director (General Business), Insurance Authority, Hong Kong


    • Ms Winnie Wong
      Chief Executive Officer, Asia Insurance Company Limited
    • Mr Andrew Chow
      Chief Risk Officer, Sinopec Insurance Limited
    • Mr Franz-Josef Hahn
      Chief Executive Officer, Peak Re
    • Mr Liu Shihong
      Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Taiping Reinsurance Co., Ltd.
    • Mr Patrick Chan
      Director and General Manager, Nova Risk Services Holdings Limited and Nova Insurance Consultants Limited
    16:30 - 18:15
    Hall 5G
    (Room B)

    Concurrent Breakout Session C3: Hong Kong as the Deal Maker and Dispute Resolver
    Part II: The Dispute Resolver: Hong Kong’s Dispute Resolution Services

    Co-organised with :                

    Remarks: Thematic Breakout Forum B3 & C3 have been awarded 3 CPD points by the Law Society of Hong Kong.

    The Belt and Road Initiative is an unprecedented project. Its successful implementation requires the joint effort of all the jurisdictions involved. Given Hong Kong’s understanding and embrace of Asian traditions, values and culture, it is a gateway to Mainland China. This session, again following the “Davos style”, focuses on the unique features of Hong Kong’s international dispute resolution mechanism in resolving investor-state, maritime, construction projects & infrastructure development, intellectual property, commercial and financial disputes. Under Hong Kong’s robust dispute resolution regime, great emphasis is placed on the confidentiality of arbitration and mediation proceedings, party autonomy in determining the procedural aspects of arbitration and the ease of cross-border enforcement of arbitral awards among the Contracting States of the New York Convention, the Mainland and the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. With a deep pool of specialised, experienced and reliable international legal and dispute resolution services providers, Hong Kong is an ideal neutral seat of arbitration to resolve commercial disputes, especially in disputes involving Chinese and ASEAN parties, Russian-speaking states in Central Asia as well as the Belt and Road disputes.

    This session showcases a panel of eminent arbitrators and legal practitioners who will further explain the new developments in the legal landscape of dispute resolution of Hong Kong and highlight strategic considerations in investment protection of outbound investment in countries along the Belt and Road routes as well as the advantages of mediation. The presentation will also cover the use of mediation in investment treaty context, and how it works effectively for states and foreign investors to resolve disputes.

    In addition, this session seeks to identify the best ways to handle investor-state disputes, in particular on issues involving corruption and fraud allegations in investment treaty arbitration. The salient features of investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS) with investment treaty case studies will be explained. The backlash of ISDS, possible solutions and the emergence of investment courts impacting on international arbitration will also be discussed.

    (A) General Commercial and Investment Dispute Resolution

    Panel Chair:

    • Dr Nicolas Wiegand
      Managing Partner, CMS Hong Kong


  •    Investment Treaty Arbitration and Mediation
    • Mr Adrian Lai  
      Barrister-at-law, Deputy Secretary General, Asian Academy of International Law

  •    Tailoring Dispute Resolution Mechanism for Russian-Speaking Countries
    • Ms Olga Boltenko  
      Chairperson, Committee on Commercial Law and Practice, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Hong Kong;
      Adjunct Lecturer, Programme in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong

  •    Third Party Funding for Arbitration and Mediation
    • Mr Victor Dawes , SC  
      Barrister-at-law, Temple Chambers

    (B) Sector-Specific Dispute Resolution

    Panel Chair:

    • Mr Paul Starr
      Partner and Practice Leader of Dispute Resolution and Infrastructure,
      Joint Coordinator of Worldwide International Arbitration Team, King & Wood Mallesons Hong Kong


  •    Infrastructure & Construction Dispute Resolution
    • Mr Vincent Connor  
      Partner and Head of Hong Kong Office, Pinsent Masons

  •    Maritime Dispute Resolution
    • Ms Mary BL Thomson  
      Barrister, Arbitrator, Mediator, Adjudicator & Former Solicitor, Pacific Chambers Hong Kong

  •     Intellectual Property Dispute Resolution
    • Ms Charmaine Koo
      Partner, Co-Head of Intellectual Property Department, Deacons

  •    New Frontier for the Resolution of Financial Disputes
    • Dr William Wong , SC
      Chairman of the Committee on Arbitration and
      Chairman of the Committee on International Laws, Hong Kong Bar Association

    16:30 - 18:10
    Hall 5E
    (Project Pitching Room)

    Project Pitching  
    Session 3: Rural & Urban Development

    10:00 - 18:00
    Hall 5E

    One-to-one Business Matching Meetings

    10:00 - 17:30
    Hall 5E

    Open Forum for Hong Kong Zone

    10:00 - 17:30
    Hall 5C

    Open Forum for Global Investment Zone

    11:00 - 17:00 Cultural Performance

    (subject to change without prior notice)