The Hong Kong Smart City Blue Print under Review: How to make Hong Kong a world class sustainable smart city!
In December 2017 the Hong Kong government presented the Hong Kong Smart City Blue Print. By adopting the measures set out in this Blue Print Hong Kong should be turned into a world class smart city. The Environment & Energy Business Council (EEBC) of the European Chamber of Commerce presented in April 2018 a position paper with a review of the measures proposed to create a Smart Environment in the Blue print and concrete recommendations on how to make Hong Kong more sustainable. The Chairman of the EEBC, Tom Uiterwaal, will present the views and visions of the European Business Community on how to make Hong Kong a world class sustainable smart city.
2018 Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition (2018 MIECF)
“Shaping of Eco-Cities for Inclusive Green Economy”
Convention and Exhibition Centre at The Venetian, Macao – Resort – Hotel
12 April 2018 – 14 April 2018
Application Deadline: 16 March 2018
The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is once again delighted to co-host with the cooperation of the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute – IPIM and the Macau European Chamber of Commerce (MECC) a European Pavilion, at the 2018 Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition (2018 MIECF), which will take place on 12 April 2018 – 14 April 2018 at The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Macao. We are delighted to invite you to exhibit in the European Pavilion, which will be opened to companies (exhibiting EU products only), both European Chambers of Commerce in Macau and Hong Kong members, and EU Member States’ Trade Commissions and Consulates.
As the major environment platform between the Pan-Pearl River Delta Region and the other countries and regions, 2018 MIECF will feature “Shaping of Eco-Cities for Inclusive Green Economy” as the main theme, to enhance the development of eco-city construction. Case sharing, policy analysis, technology display and business exchange will be featured on improving people’s living standard, developing social well-being as well as promoting regional green economic exchanges co-operation.
The Internet Economy Summit brings together top global and local thought leaders to explore directions and strategies in capturing endless opportunities arising from the propelling internet economic growth. Renowned industry leaders and experts will discuss and share their exclusive, inspirational insights on how today’s businesses can harness the internet-led growth in the new economy.
The Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF) is the flagship regional business Forum organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) since 2004 at different locations within its 53 Member States and 9 associate members. This year Hong Kong is the host city and Cyberport will be jointly organising this high profile event on 10-11 April with ESCAP with support from the Innovation and Technology Bureau of HKSAR Government.
APBF 2018 – “Harnessing Business with the Sustainable Development Goals through Technology, Innovation and Financing”. The Forum will focus on how private sector-led innovation, technology and financing can enhance efforts towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Financial Secretary, the Honourable Paul MP Chan, GBM, GBS, MH, JP, will deliver his 2018-2019 Budget Speech to the Legislative Council on 28 February 2018.
We are deeply honoured that Mr Chan has accepted our invitation to talk to the Hong Kong business community on 28 March 2018, about his Budget. This Joint Business Community Luncheon is an ideal opportunity for you to learn more about his thoughts and insights behind the new Budget, the first under the new Administration.
Taking place in Hong Kong, MarketingPulse is an integrated branding and marketing conference for global marketers, brands, advertising agencies, media, innovation professionals and enterprises to gather and share the latest marketing trends, exchange best marketing practices and explore new collaborations in Asia.
From contents defining new marketing strategies to events that connect and catalyse, MarketingPulse is not only a conference, but an inspiring annual rendezvous to explore new frontiers in the markets.
While markets are soaring and the economy is not faring too poorly, citizens are divided. Governments aren’t doing much governing. The global order is unraveling. The scale of the world’s political challenges is daunting. Liberal democracies have less legitimacy than at any time since World War II, and most of their structural problems don’t appear fixable. Meantime, today’s strongest leaders show little interest in civil society or common values. Eurasia Group, a world leader in political risk analysis and consulting, sees 2018 as bringing the world closer to “geopolitical depression”, forming the backdrop of its recently published “Top Risks 2018”. Join senior advisors of Eurasia Group — David Gordon, former Chairman, on his take on U.S. – China relations in 2018 and Enrico Letta, former prime Minister of Italy, on prospects for Europe.
The Connected City Conference will be showcasing innovations for the next generation of city living. We will be featuring examples of a number of smart / connected cities and technologies from around the world including IoT and Data Analytics to enhance a city’s liveability, workability and sustainability.
Investing based on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors (also known as Responsible Investing / Sustainable Investing) turned into mainstream investing so fast many investors may not have noticed the transformation. While screening out controversial sectors used to be limited to a smaller group of organisations motivated by a focus on social responsibility, many investors now have a real appreciation for the value of ESG research and what it brings to the investment process. Strong demand for sustainable investing comes from a range of investors, especially among institutions, high net worth investors, younger investors, and women.
The South China Morning Post’s annual thought leadership forum on China, China Conference, brings business leaders, policymakers, advisors and investors together to share their latest insights on globalisation to unlock investment opportunities, forge strategic partnerships and reshape business strategies under the new Politburo leadership and Trump Presidency.
Against this backdrop, this year’s conference – under the theme “Globalisation: the China Perspective and the US factor” – will entail discussions on the US geopolitical issues, expanding business footprints with the Belt and Road Initiative and fueling innovative growth drivers.
Mr Mauro Petriccione is Deputy Director-General, DG TRADE, European Commission and is in charge of the European Union’s trade and investment relations with Greater China, including Hong Kong and is Chief Negotiator of the EU-Japan FTA, one of the largest trade deals ever to be negotiated. Mr Petriccione will talk about the recent developments in international trade and the role the EU has taken around the world and in particular in Asia. The EU trade and investment relations with China and with President Trump’s America and the struggle to fight resurgent protectionist tendencies around the globe will also feature high in his discussion.
Jointly organised by the HKSAR Government, Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Hong Kong Design Centre, BIP Asia Forum brings IP professionals and business leaders from all over the world to discuss the latest developments in the IP world, and to explore business collaboration opportunities. The sixth edition of the Forum was held on 1-2 December 2016 with great success, featuring over 80 prominent speakers sharing their insights and attracted more than 2,500 IP professionals and industry players to attend. The next edition will return on 7-8 December 2017
In a recent announcement, Serbian prime minister Ana Brnabić revealed that Serbia and China are engaged in joint projects worth more than $6 billion, and that trade between the two countries increased by 10% in the first seven months of this year. Exports from Serbia to China have increased by 134%.
Ms Brnabić will share her views on the future of Chinese investments in Europe, the changing nature of global politics, and the future of the European Union at The World in 2018 Gala Dinner on November 30th in Hong Kong.
60 years after its foundation by the Treaties of Rome, the EU faces enormous challenges. Not least among them is the rise of neo-nationalist sentiment and even of par ties hostile to its structure and fundamental democratic values. At the same time, it shows signs of a remarkable economic recovery and renewed enthusiasm for the ‘European Project’ as a whole.
The EAP has followed changes of public opinion by observing various national elections this year, notably in the Netherlands, France and the UK, most recently also in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. This roundtable discussion with European top diplomats in Hong Kong will try to assess the current state of the EU and prospects for the future political, social and economic development of Europe in the years to come.
Representing the European passenger car and commercial vehicle manufacturers in Hong Kong, the Council aims to bring forward proposals and be a partner to the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. In this position paper, the EAC focused on Sustainable Mobility, Public Light Buses, Heavy Vehicles, Attracting Talent in Hong Kong, Vehicle Registration Data, and the Future Trends of the Automotive Industry. Read more...
The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, in collaboration with the Swedish Chamber, hosted the presentation of the book “Shenzhen Superstars – How China’s smartest city is challenging Silicon Valley” by Swedish-born Johan Nylander, an award-winning author and freelancing China and Asia correspondent.Read more...
The current process of modernization and digitalization shaping the world has a direct impact on our approach to data. In this evolving context, new questions arise and the protection of personal data is becoming more of a priority. In order to tackle this concern, the European Union introduced a new regulation: the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), approved in April 2016, will finally enter into force on May 25th, 2018. What are the implications of GDPR for SMEs?Read more...
Hong Kong: The best is yet to come, six core elements driving Hong Kong to a better, brighter future: boosting connectivity, financial bridgehead, brain bank, blossoming creativity, better living and buzzing sport action.Read more...
Preliminary OECD figures show that Official Development Assistance (ODA) provided by the European Union and its Member States has reached €75.7 billion in 2017. With this, the European Union and its Member States continue to be the world's leading donor of development assistance. Read more
Representatives from the European Parliament and the Council reached yesterday evening a provisional agreement on the Regulation for monitoring and reporting CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data from new heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs), i.e. lorries, buses and coaches. This is the first ever EU legislation focusing on the CO2 emissions from these vehicles. Read more
The Commission proposed an ambitious and comprehensive package of measures to tackle non-performing loans in Europe, capitalising on the significant progress already made in reducing risks in the banking sector. Read more
The European Commission has welcomed the political agreement reached by EU Member States today on new transparency rules for intermediaries - such as tax advisers, accountants, banks and lawyers - who design and promote tax planning schemes for their clients. Read more
The analysis presented in today's Country Reports shows that the economic recovery, together with the reforms carried out in many parts of Europe, has contributed to improving the labour market and social context in Europe. Unemployment is at a ten-year low and almost back to pre-crisis levels, investment is picking up and public finances continue to improve. The share of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion has decreased to pre-crisis levels. However, remaining vulnerabilities, such as the high level of public and private debt, need to be overcome to safeguard the sustainability and inclusiveness of the current economic growth. Read more
The Commission put forward an Intellectual Property package, including guidance on the Directive on the enforcement of intellectual property rights. It will also continue to work on the establishment of Memoranda of Understanding with different intermediaries to find concrete solutions for the removal of counterfeited goods online. Read more
You, as business leaders, also have choices to make in a context of uncertainty. The UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019. That is the only certainty we have at this stage. It is therefore important that all businesses analyse their exposure to the UK and are ready to adapt their logistics, supply chains and contracts. Of course, the transition period currently under negotiation would give you more time to adapt. However, certainty about the transition will only come at the end of the process, with the ratification of the withdrawal agreement by both sides –probably early next year. Read more
The European Commission has today published the draft Withdrawal Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom. The draft Withdrawal Agreement will now be sent to the Council (Article 50) and the European Parliament's Brexit Steering Group for discussion, before being transmitted to the United Kingdom for negotiation. Read more