Greater Bay Area: Will the initiative benefit Hong Kong?
Friday, November 30, 2018 JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong
11:30am - 2:00pm

According to Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's chief executive, the benefits Hong Kong can bring to China's Greater Bay Area initiative are clear: an independent and strong legal system, the provision of world-leading financial and professional services, and an efficient regional transportation hub that can boost connectivity across the mainland.

Despite these competitive advantages, participating cities in the Greater Bay Area must address disparities in regulatory, business and cultural norms to succeed. What are the challenges they face? Which particular areas require urgent focus? And, ultimately, what benefits will the Greater Bay Area initiative deliver to Hong Kong and its people?

Hear our panellists debate the opportunities and challenges of the Greater Bay Area, and discuss pressing questions such as:

  • What is the Greater Bay Area initiative, and why has this become a priority for the Chinese government?

  • What avenues exist for collaboration between Hong Kong and Greater Bay cities?

  • How will this 'cluster' of cities deliver benefits and opportunities for businesses and investors, as opposed to operating individually?

  • How will the Greater Bay strategy affect related industries such as logistics, finance, infrastructure and others?

  • Is the Greater Bay Area plan the answer to Hong Kong’s housing needs and land shortage?


*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:
Greater Bay Area: Will the initiative benefit Hong Kong?


  • Albert Ng, Chairman, China; Managing Partner, Greater China, EY

  • Prof. Witman Hung, Principal Liaison Officer for Hong Kong , The Shenzhen Qianhai Authority

  • Denis Ma, Head of Research, Hong Kong, JLL

  • Joseph Chan, Chairman, Silk Road Economic Development Research Center

  • Dr Yifan Hu, Regional Chief Investment Officer & Chief China Economist, UBS Global Wealth Management


  • Tony Cheung, Senior Political Reporter, South China Morning Post

  • 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