Seminar 4: Could Hong Kong rein in on soaring housing prices?
13 September 2017, JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong
11:30am - 2:00pm

Hong Kong is the world’s least affordable urban centre to buy a home and has kept its ranking for the seventh year running according to a survey’s study of 406 cities around the world. The city’s home prices are now nearly 90 per cent above their peak in 1997 and there are no signs of stopping. Is affordable housing a distant dream for most in Hong Kong?

On 13 September, our experts will give voice on their views about:

  • Should the government intervene more in the private property market to improve people’s livelihood and the city’s competitiveness?
  • Could increasing land supply solve current housing shortage in the face of an uncertain economic outlook?
  • Could curbing property price hikes help first time buyers buy affordable housing and get onto the housing ladder?
  • Rise in Hong Kong’s property prices vs the real income of the city’s workforce

*CPD e-Certificate will be issued upon request.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Registration and networking coffee break

12:00 PM 

MC opening remarks and networking lunch

12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Panel discussion:
Could Hong Kong rein in on soaring housing prices?


  • Dr Yanto Chandra, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong
  • Buggle Lau, Chief Analyst, Midland Holdings
  • Lee Wing-tat, Former Chairman, The Democratic Party
  • Fiona Waters, Founder and Managing Director, Waters Economics
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Fiona Waters is unable to make it to the luncheon debate.  However, Colin Arnott, Director of Research of Water Economics will be speaking in her stead.
Mr Arnott is a development economist and planner with over 35 years experience. He is a pioneer in the application of economics to spatial planning and land development.  His ideas and approaches are replicated around the world.


  • Yonden Lhatoo, Chief News Editor, South China Morning Post

1:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Q&A session

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

End of seminar and networking