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.
The EuroCham’s Financial Services Business Council will launch a Concept Paper on How Hong Kong could benefit from a Green Investment Bank.
There are Green Investment Banks already around the world in countries such as the UK, USA, Japan and Malaysia. To maintain its competitiveness as a global financial centre, Hong Kong must continuously adapt and identify potential for leadership in the emerging sectors of the financial services industry. Green finance is a rapidly developing sector that capitalises on opportunities created by increasing convergence of economic and environmental factors driving global growth. The establishment of a Hong Kong Green Investment Bank (GreenBank) could position Hong Kong in the forefront of this fast evolving area of finance in Asia.
Macao’s largest international trade event – the 22nd Macao International Trade and Investment Fair (MIF) will take place in Macao on October 19 to 21, 2017.
Macao International Trade and Investment Fair (MIF) has been held successfully for 21 editions since 1996. MIF, the first UFI-approved event in Macao and China’s second trade fair approved by UFI in category of investment promotion, serves as one of the most celebrated annual international economic and trade events in Macao. Macao International Trade and Investment Fair (MIF) is organized by Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM), and co-organized by 15 economic and trade agencies, chambers of commerce and business associations, from Macao, Mainland China and Hong Kong. With the theme of“Co-operation-Key to Business Opportunities”, MIF serves to demonstrate to the world Macao’s advantages as a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure, and as a premium business and trade co-operation service platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries (PSCs), providing business opportunities as well as benefits under Macao’s diverse economic environment. MIF is also dedicated to introducing prospective partners to the participating exhibitors, thereby cultivating dynamic business opportunities and enabling new businesses to further develop.
We are delighted to invite you to exhibit in the European Pavilion, which will be opened to private companies (exhibiting EU products and services only), both European Chambers of Commerce in Macau and Hong Kong members, and EU Member States’ Trade Commissions and Consulates. The MIF will welcome companies from Business, Commerce & Industry, Trade, Banking & Finance, Tourism, Transport, Fine Products, Technology, and the Environment to exhibit.
! APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, 8th September 2017!
The Financial Services Business Council is proud to announce that we are launching a 2017 FSBC Asset Management Paper and would like to invite you to attend our launch event.
In light of the various new developments between Hong Kong and the European Union as well as domestically, the event will consider the Mutual Recognition of Funds, Stock Connect, the newly launched Bond Connect, MSCI inclusion and Brexit.
Hong Kong, amid a changing financial landscape, will undoubtedly face new challenges and opportunities in the coming year and the FSBC has prepared a number of recommendations in its paper to facilitate industry consultation between the European Union and Hong Kong on these issues.
To get the full paper and to take part in the discussion, make sure to register for the event!
Countdown to the General data Protection regulation in Europe and beyond
The final countdown to the application of the General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018 has started. This major legislative reform is aimed at harmonizing and simplifying privacy laws across Europe, while modernising data protection rights and obligations in light of the challenges and opportunities of the digital economy. It will also apply to business operators established abroad but offering goods or services in the EU. At the same time the EU has launched an ambitious strategy to promote converge in privacy standards at international level and facilitate data flows, with a particular focus on East and South-East Asia. When Hong Kong is hosting the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, this meeting offers a unique opportunity to be updated on these developments and discuss them with key experts from the European Commission.
The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is turning 20 this year!
To celebrate this grand occasion our Anniversary Cocktail will be held on Friday 22nd September 2017 at the luxurious Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong. This will be an excellent opportunity to network with a large number of high profile individuals and representative from the international business community in Hong Kong.
The Belt and Road Summit will explore the tremendous potential of the economies along the Belt and Road. It will also provide in-depth insight into Hong Kong’s unique ‘super-connector’ role which helps companies unlock the massive opportunities offered by the Initiative. The Summit also offers an excellent platform for business leaders and officials to exchange idea and explore prospects of collaboration.
Belt and Road Initiative
The Belt and Road Initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, a significant development strategy launched by the Chinese government with the intention of promoting economic co-operation among countries along the proposed Belt and Road routes. The Initiative has been designed to enhance the orderly free-flow of economic factors and the efficient allocation of resources. It is also intended to further market integration and create a regional economic co-operation framework of benefit to all, offering numerous new business opportunities to companies around the world.
The European Chamber of Commerce is pleased to support the APAC Innovation Summit 2017 Series – Smart City. Connected City.
This conference will focus on how technology can drive City Transformation. On both the city and regional levels, we will explore the Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong and how smart resilient planning can successfully be realised in neighboring countries.
On Day 2, we will further the discussion of how sensor technologies can connect for a wide range of applications including smart lighting, home automation, smart parking, surveillance, air and water quality monitoring, wellness monitoring and other novel applications.
Join us as Lord Mandelson discusses the outlook for relations between the UK and the European Union in light of the start of the Brexit negotiations; and the UK and Europe’s relations with China.
Lord Mandelson is a former European Trade Commissioner and British First Secretary of State where he effectively deputised for the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown between 2008-10. As Trade Commissioner between 2004 and 2008, he negotiated trade agreements with many countries and led European negotiations in the WTO Doha World Trade Round.
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...
The Financial Services Business Council of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (EuroCham) launched a strategic concept paper, “Leading Asia’s Financial Future - Hong Kong Green Investment Bank”.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
The European Commission has found German plans to support the purchase of electric buses and related recharging infrastructure by public transport operators to be in line with EU state aid rules. The measure contributes to reducing CO2 emissions while limiting distortions of competition. Read more
Industry in Europe has to overcome so many obstacles. It is strong. But it will face new challenges with the next wave of innovation. I am confident that this next wave represents a unique opportunity for European industry. To leverage Europe's fantastic science and technology. To create new ecosystems between science, start-ups and industry. And to start winning the race on breakthrough innovation. Read more