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Onward Hong Kong is a series of events looking to the next 25 years featuring prominent thought leaders, business executives, practitioners, academics, and government officials to analyze the city's future prospects. We will also explore what the government and businesses can do that is conducive to an engaged and forward-looking environment. Please join us as we move to the next stage based on the core values that have made Hong Kong Asia's World City.

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Sep 14, 2022 to Dec 30, 2022 (GMT+8)

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The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
22/F Hong Kong Diamond Exchange Building, 8-10 Duddell Street
Central, Hong Kong SAR (China)

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Overview

Hong Kong has been through many storms, but there are those who feel it is facing the most severe turbulence yet. As we look to the next 25 years of Hong Kong as a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, it is imperative to renew optimism and business confidence, and to discover fresh opportunities to start a new chapter for this international city.


For the past 25 years, Hong Kong has been a prosperous, dynamic, and entrepreneurial global city and regional hub. Hong Kong's competitive edge lies in its core values of rule of law, connectivity, the ease of doing business, free enterprise and free flow of people and information and goods and finance. Given this unique advantage, coming through many difficulties, Hong Kong has remained an important gateway to China, and a springboard for businesses to tap into the regional and global market.


Hong Kong is in transition and will continue to change. Many people have questioned the future of the city as a result of the 2019 protests and its aftermath and the stringent pandemic measures. Through regular dialogues with members, AmCham has found a general pessimism in the business community regarding fraught US-China relations, data freedom, regulatory environment, the rule of law, and high costs of living, in addition to frustration with the way COVID was handled by Hong Kong. The AmCham HK's 2022 Business Sentiment Survey reflected this pessimism.


As we look ahead, while there are doubts and we are realistic about the challenges, opportunities remain for Hong Kong. How does Hong Kong navigate through the new global environment? What about developing the next generation of leaders? What is the future status of Hong Kong as an international financial center? Will the spirit of entrepreneurialism flourish post-COVID? International businesses have contributed to the city's economic development for decades; what role will the international business community play in the next 25 years? What can we anticipate as Hong Kong grows into a smart, sustainable society? How will Hong Kong incorporate arts and culture into its business core competence to make it a truly sophisticated global metropolis? What regional role can Hong Kong play?

Key Highlights

Register for individual sessions at the below links.

Sep 14, 2022 (Wed) | 3:30 - 5:30 PM

AmCham Community Hub


Hong Kong is facing immense external challenges. As companies are in the middle of navigating in the new global environment, with a very difficult US-China relationship, what is Hong Kong's positioning? How can US companies succeed in this region, especially China? How can Hong Kong companies continue to access the US market? How can Hong Kong, the international business city, play a constructive role against an increasing anti-globalization trend? 



Oct 12, 2022 (Wed) | 4:00 - 5:30 PM

AmCham Community Hub


Hong Kong's young people are the key to the next 25 years of the HKSAR. This will be a fireside chat with people across sectors that work with Hong Kong's young generation and discuss the qualities and unique attributes of local young people they see. What are the opportunities and challenges? What can government and business do to bridge the gap? What role does education play?


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Nov 9, 2022 (Wed) | 4:00 - 5:30 PM

AmCham Community Hub


Will Hong Kong's traditional role as an international financial center continue? Evaluate the development and evolution of the financial services sector in Hong Kong; explore the challenges and opportunities for different stakeholders; discuss policy that can enhance Hong Kong's role as a forward-looking and vibrant financial services hub. How can Hong Kong take advantage of the shifting global financial landscape?

Dec 7, 2022 (Wed) | 4:00 - 5:30 PM

AmCham Community Hub


A most critical priority for Hong Kong is housing. This panel will discuss Northern Metropolis' vision vis-à-vis land and housing shortages, connecting with Greater Bay Area cities, developing innovation and technology, and the long-term development of Hong Kong. How will the Northern Metropolis strengthen Hong Kong's economy and improve livability while balancing ecological interests? How can businesses play a role in the making of the metropolis?

Jan 11, 2023 (Wed) | 4:00 - 5:30 PM

AmCham Community Hub


Entrepreneurship and innovation are a priority for Hong Kong's new Administration. While most agree that Hong Kong has sufficient funding available for new ventures, many don't see Hong Kong as a good place for starting up. Some business might have suffered during the pandemic, but many have thrived. What does entrepreneurship mean in Hong Kong and what is the recipe to success?

Feb 15, 2023 (Wed) | 4:00 - 5:30 PM

AmCham Community Hub


Climate change is a critical problem facing the world. This will be a discussion on Hong Kong's sustainable and smart city vision, what it has achieved thus far, the challenges and how business can help. Smart city is not just about technology and digitizing hard infrastructure, but a broader concept how technology acts as a means to drive innovation, to better connect the city, to strengthen resilience of the city in tackling climate change challenges, to up-skill talent and for social good.

Mar 15, 2023 (Wed) | 4:00 - 5:30 PM

AmCham Community Hub


Supply chain has been affected in a major way by COVID, anti-globalization, and geopolitical tensions. For decades, Hong Kong has played a vital role as a manufacturing hub due to its deep bench of skilled labor and commercial, financial, legal strengths, as well as global connectivity. What are the supply chain disruptions that business need to take heed of? How can businesses mitigate these risks and turn them into opportunities?

April 13, 2023 (Wed) | 4:00 - 5:30 PM

AmCham Community Hub


How can Hong Kong develop into a more well-rounded and vibrant international city? Creative industries have been a key economic driver for Hong Kong and the achievements of Hong Kong Olympians have sparked discussion on further developing the sports industry. This session will be a discussion on Hong Kong's future as an international hub for art, culture and sports. What can Hong Kong government and business do in parallel to create an environment conducive to nurturing art and sports talent?

May 17, 2023 (Wed) | 4:00 - 5:30 PM

AmCham Community Hub


Hong Kong sits at the hub of many significant economies. This panel will explore opportunities for Hong Kong in integration of investments or trade in these regions. 

Jun 14, 2023 (Wed) | 3:30 - 5:30 PM

AmCham Community Hub


This finale session seeks to summarize the learnings from the whole series having discussed Hong Kong's positioning in the new global environment, the future generation of talent, sustainable development, as well as opportunities in the integration of investments/trade in the Greater Bay Area, Belt & Road and Indo-Pacific regions. How do American businesses look ahead at the road they face, and take advantage of the continued implementation of "One Country, Two Systems" to ensure business success? 

Speakers

Onward Hong Kong is a series featuring prominent thought leaders, business executives, practitioners, academics, and government officials to analyze the city's future prospects. We have invited the following with a few confirmed. 


Stay tuned as more speakers are being confirmed. 

  • Yirui Yang (Acting Commissioner at The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region)

    Yirui Yang

    Acting Commissioner at The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

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  • Duncan Abate (Partner at Mayer Brown)

    Duncan Abate

    Partner at Mayer Brown

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  • Bernard Chan (Chairman at M+ Board)

    Bernard Chan

    Chairman at M+ Board

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  • Prof. Anthony B. L. Cheung (Adjunct Research Chair Professor of Public Administration at The Education University of Hong Kong)

    Prof. Anthony B. L. Cheung

    Adjunct Research Chair Professor of Public Administration at The Education University of Hong Kong

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  • Victor Fung (Group Chairman at Fung Group)

    Victor Fung

    Group Chairman at Fung Group

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  • George Chen (Managing Director, Public Policy of Meta)

    George Chen

    Managing Director, Public Policy of Meta

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  • Ajai Kaul (Chief Executive Officer, Head of Client Group for Asia Pacific at Alliance Bernstein Hong Kong Limited)

    Ajai Kaul

    Chief Executive Officer, Head of Client Group for Asia Pacific at Alliance Bernstein Hong Kong Limited

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  • Charles Li (Founder & Chairman, Micro Connect; Former Chief Executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX))

    Charles Li

    Founder & Chairman, Micro Connect; Former Chief Executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX)

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  • Charleston Sin (Executive Director of MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node)

    Charleston Sin

    Executive Director of MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node

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  • John Tsang (Founder of Esperanza; Former Financial Secretary)

    John Tsang

    Founder of Esperanza; Former Financial Secretary

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  • Jasper Tsang (Former President of the Legislative Council)

    Jasper Tsang

    Former President of the Legislative Council

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  • Tao Wang (Managing Director, Chief China Economist of UBS Global Research)

    Tao Wang

    Managing Director, Chief China Economist of UBS Global Research

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  • Algernon Yau, JP (Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development)

    Algernon Yau, JP

    Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development

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  • Jason Yip (CEO of MWYO)

    Jason Yip

    CEO of MWYO

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  • Ir. Andrew Young (Associate Director (Innovation) of Sino Group)

    Ir. Andrew Young

    Associate Director (Innovation) of Sino Group

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  • Allan Zeman (Chairman at Lan Kwai Fong Holdings Ltd)

    Allan Zeman

    Chairman at Lan Kwai Fong Holdings Ltd

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  • Geoff Siebengartner (Managing Director, Head of Government Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, Asia Pacific at J.P. Morgan Chase)

    Geoff Siebengartner

    Managing Director, Head of Government Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, Asia Pacific at J.P. Morgan Chase

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Guest Policy

IMPORTANT : Guest Policy Effective April 21, 2022

  • All guests must have a valid vaccine pass as required by the government to enter the Hub
  • Vaccine passes will be scanned at the door
  • All guests must sign in using the Leave Home Safe app for access to the event.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations must be provided in writing to: amchamevent@amcham.org.hk at least seven working days prior to in-house events.
  • Registrations for events held outside the AmCham HK office are non-cancellable and non-refundable. No-shows will be charged.
  • When Typhoon 8 (or above) or Black Rainstorm Signal is hoisted, all events will be canceled
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