8:30 AM

Registration, morning tea and coffee

9:00 AM

Welcome remarks
Gary Liu, Incoming Chief Executive Officer, South China Morning Post Publishers

9:03 AM

Opening remarks by Guest of Honour
The Hon. C Y Leung, Chief Executive, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

9:08 AM

Keynote speech
The Hon. Tung Chee Hwa, Vice Chairman, The 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, People's Republic of China


9:28 AM

Future development of China’s economy and Belt and Road initiative

Lu Zhongyuan, Former Vice-President and Research fellow of Development Research Centre of the State Council of People’s Republic of China; and Member of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference of People's Republic of China

Dialogue: How to crystalise opportunities for Hong Kong as gateway to China's OBOR policies

  • How Hong Kong can pinpoint areas of collaboration and serve as a ‘super-connector’ between Mainland China and the rest of the world 
  • How Hong Kong can better position herself to attract capital, investment and technology to drive development of Belt & Road projects
  • How joining AIIB may boost Hong Kong’s role in financing Belt & Road infrastructures

Moderator: Wang Xiangwei, Editorial Advisor, South China Morning Post

The Hon. Regina Ip, Co-chair, Maritime Silk Road Society; Chair, New People's Party and Chair, Board of Governors, Savantas Policy Institute
Dr Anthony Neoh, Senior Counsel, Member of the Hong Kong Bar Association
Eddie Yue, Deputy Chief Executive, Hong Kong Monetary Authority

9:45 AM

10:30 AM

Dialogue: Impact of political shifting sands on OBOR

  • Discussing UK-China’s post-BREXIT investment ties and relations and the dynamics on global trade
  • Sharing insights on the foreign policies and priority items for the incoming US President
  • Evaluating the fracturing of the EU and Euro and the implications on trade and treaties

Moderator: Cliff Buddle, Special Projects Editor, South China Morning Post

Alicia Garcia Herrero ,Chief Economist, Asia Pacific, Natixis
Dr Yifan Hu, PhD, Managing Director, Regional Chief Investment Officer Greater China & Chief China Economist, UBS


Morning networking refreshments


11:25 AM

Searching for real estate opportunities in 2017 and beyond

  • Examining Hong Kong / China’s property markets for investment opportunities  
  • Identifying near term investment and development opportunities in the Belt & Road countries

Moderator: Eugene Tang, Business Editor, South China Morning Post

Antony Leung, Former Financial Secretary of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Group Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Nan Fung Group

11:55 AM

OBOR implications for private equity in Asia
Moderator: Joe Tsai, Chairman, South China Morning Post Publishers

Fred Hu, Founder and Partner of Primavera Capital Group
Frank Tang, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, FountainVest Partners
Paul Yang, Chief Executive Officer of China Development Financial; Chairman of CDIB Capital International

12:40 PM

Networking refreshments

1:00 PM

Networking lunch

2:00 PM

Fostering partnerships and innovation to capture arising business opportunities in OBOR

Moderator: Zuraidah Ibrahim, Chief News Editor, South China Morning Post

Dr Haywood Cheung, Permanent Honorary President, The Chinese Gold and Silver Exchange Society
Rachel Duan, President & Chief Executive Officer, GE Greater China
Dr Witman Hung, Principal Liaison Officer for Hong Kong, Shenzhen Qianhai Authority
Ben Simpfendorfer, Founder & Managing Director, Silk Road Associates
Albert Wong, Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation

2:45 PM

Case study: First mover advantage in securing Hong Kong’s first Central Asia project in OBOR initiative

  • Realising the untapped development potential in Tajikistan and Central Asia
  • Achieving synergies by building personal relationships with local partners  
  • Recognising structural disparities in contract negotiations and securing deals 
  • Cultivating talent, leadership and entrepreneurial culture 

Interviewer: Zuraidah Ibrahim, Chief News Editor, South China Morning Post

Joseph Chan, Chairman, Executive Director, Kaisun Energy Group; Founding Partner, Oriental Patron Financial Services Group

3:05 PM

Case study: How new technologies can revolutionise business for OBOR countries and regions

  • Bridging the technology gap between and within OBOR countries  
  • Examining China’s digital giants extending influence along OBOR 
  • Incubating initiatives that nurture digital technology advances

Interviewer: Eugene Tang, Business Editor, South China Morning Post

Chen Jie, Chief Information Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, ZTE Corporation

3:25 PM

Afternoon networking refreshments

3:35 PM

Closing keynote: When East meets West

Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group

4:40 PM

Key takeaways and end of conference