Posted: 20 January 2019
It’s been a busy start to 2019 for HKEX, with our colleagues picking up plenty of frequent flier miles!
Earlier this month, a delegation from HKEX was in San Francisco for the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, where we saw plenty of excitement over our new rules that welcome pre-revenue biotech companies. Then last week, we co-organised the China Bond Market International Conference in Beijing. Both our renewed Listing Rules and Bond Connect are off to a good start, and we expect them to continue building momentum in 2019.
Now we’re off to Davos, Switzerland for one of the most important events on our calendar.
Last September HKEX became a member of the World Economic Forum, which is the biggest platform in the world for the private sector, governments, NGOs and prominent thought leaders from a wide range of sectors to join forces and try to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
The theme of this year’s Annual Meeting is Globalisation 4.0, with a particular emphasis on combatting climate change. It will also seek creative solutions for other areas affected by globalisation such as the food supply, human migration, labour, and of course, rising trade tensions.
As an open, well-respected international market with an abundance of talented, multi-lingual professionals, Hong Kong has the potential to make important and meaningful contributions in a number of areas. Our city has a great story to tell, and plenty to be proud of. Charles Li and I will actively promote the benefits and opportunities of our financial markets, while Hong Kong SAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam will be talking about Hong Kong’s bright future on a more macro level. We will be part of a larger Hong Kong family sharing insight about our great City at this forum. It’s a fantastic chance for all of us to promote Hong Kong to a highly influential and diverse international audience.
We plan to share some of our insights and our thoughts here over the next few days, time permitting. Our schedules are packed from dawn until late into the evening with speeches, panel discussions, networking functions, and group meals, the highlight of which will be a dinner hosted by Chief Executive Carrie Lam entitled “Think Global, Think Hong Kong” on 24 January.
Back now to packing my snowboots and warm jackets! We look forward to updating you when we arrive in Davos.
Laura M Cha