Can Hong Kong rein in runaway home prices?
Sep
13
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Can Hong Kong rein in runaway home prices?

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 gave 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
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Are CFOs reinventing their roles or their roles are reinventing the CFOs?
May
17
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Are CFOs reinventing their roles or their roles are reinventing the CFOs?

CFOs are under increasing pressure to acquire new skills and upgrade existing ones.

However, research shows that many of them do not see clearly the changes undergoing in the finance function and the need it creates for a CFO, who can fulfil the role of strategic advisor to the CEO.

The role is not clearly cut out and much depends on the company’s individual needs, but expectations are high.

Hence, do CFOs need to rethink their roles?

On 17 May, our experts gave voice on their views about:

  • Should CFOs adapt to the complex business environment by taking on non-financial-related responsibilities to future-proof their role?
  • Are CFOs well-equipped to take on new technologies and data analytics to meet future priorities? Isn’t that the COO’s or CTO’s job?
  • Should CFOs be groomed into future-CEOs or it’s best to hire externally?
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Should business priority be focused on cyber security or safeguarding sensitive data?
Apr
21
11:30am11:30am

Should business priority be focused on cyber security or safeguarding sensitive data?

Asia is a prime target for cyber criminals due to lack of awareness of cyber threats, use of outdated or unlicensed technology, data breach or lack of disclosure regulation. Hence, many organisations see both cyber security and data protection on their business priority list, but which is more important? How should a company balance the investment in cyber security over user convenience?

On 21 April, our experts gave voice on the following questions:

  • Is cyber security more than a technology issue? Should information security be elevated to the importance of enterprise-wide security?
  • Should there be more investment spending on beefing up cyber security and protecting data privacy despite unquantifiable ROI?
  • Should big data be used to minimise cyber risks?
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Is 2017/18 Hong Kong Budget on track to rejuvenate the city’s economy?
Mar
17
11:30am11:30am

Is 2017/18 Hong Kong Budget on track to rejuvenate the city’s economy?

It is no surprise that Hong Kong will have HK$92 billion in budget surplus for 2017/18. But there are surprises on how financial resources were distributed on medium- and longer-term.

How sweet or sour is the budget for Hongkongers and companies?

On 17 March, our experts gave voice on the following questions:

  • Has the proposed budget addressed the city’s deep-seated thorny social issues including the poor and middle class? Does Hong Kong really need sweeteners?
  • Are the proposed budget measures sufficient in alleviating housing problems?
  • Should there be more initiatives to relieve the city’s SMEs financial burden?
  • Should a new tax scheme be introduced (such as GST) to offset foreseeable tax revenue decline caused by an ageing workforce?
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Is Hong Kong losing its appeal as Asia’s financial centre?
Dec
9
11:30am11:30am

Is Hong Kong losing its appeal as Asia’s financial centre?

This month, our experts give voice to their view about:

  • Are financial or listing reforms going to further impede competitiveness and the ease of business?
  • Are Shanghai- and Shenzhen- “connect” stock market schemes helping?
  • What can Hong Kong do to stay ahead in FinTech investment and banking?
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From Occupy to Election: Hong Kong’s political situation and what lies ahead
Oct
6
11:30am11:30am

From Occupy to Election: Hong Kong’s political situation and what lies ahead

Hong Kong has seen a transformation in its political and social landscape since Occupy Central in 2014. How will Hong Kong’s political stakeholders and the newly-elected LegCo members position the city in the new political era?

This month, our experts give voice on their views about:

  • How civil disobedience movements and radical protests are causing political animosity and adding to impacting the effectiveness of government policies going forward.
  • Can Hong Kong be governable regardless of who the chief executive is?
  • How will grassroots leaders and their newly created political parties address the city’s societal issues?
  • How widening political divides hurt the city’s economic prospects and credit ratings, making Hong Kong less competitive?
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Up-close and personal with the Financial Secretary: 2016 budget and the year ahead
Jun
23
11:30am11:30am

Up-close and personal with the Financial Secretary: 2016 budget and the year ahead

The Honourable John C Tsang, GBM, JP delivered his ninth budget speech against the backdrop of a slowing Hong Kong economy and growing tensions in society earlier this year. Will people’s livelihood continue to suffer because of political stalemate?

Moderated by Denise Tsang, Deputy Hong Kong News Editor of the South China Morning Post, you will learn first-hand perspective on key issues including:

  • What steps can be done to steer the fiscal policy forward?
  • How can Hong Kong re-invent itself in the new economic order?
  • What is the long-term economic vision and positioning for Hong Kong’s future if we want to minimise the reliance on the mainland economy?
  • In the context of nation-wide policies of "One Belt, One Road" and the 13th five-year plan, how should Hong Kong position itself to capitalise on opportunities arising from them?
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MPF reform: Tougher regulations or higher investment returns?
May
4
11:30am11:30am

MPF reform: Tougher regulations or higher investment returns?

The Mandatory Provident Fund has failed to ensure adequate protection for retirees.  Policy failures have led many elderly people without retirement protection. Complaints of lacklustre fund performance and high administrative fees continue to be on the rise.

This month, our experts give voice to their views about:

  • By the end of this year, a core fund option for employees will be introduced. What will this mean for the providers and the employees going forward?
  • Many have criticised the MPF system for their high fees. Will the core fund fee cap make a change to the system? Are there any other options in reducing the fee?
  • The MPF has performed sluggishly since last October, what should employees do in this volatile market?
  • How can the current MPF system be further developed to fully address retirement protection for the elderly?
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Setting the scene: Is Hong Kong's aviation hub leading or lagging the regional competition?
Apr
14
11:30am11:30am

Setting the scene: Is Hong Kong's aviation hub leading or lagging the regional competition?

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is a premier gateway to and from Asia Pacific, Americas, Europe and mainland China with passenger numbers exceeding 68 million passengers last year – an all-time high. To absorb more planes and passengers, the airport has also opened a new Midfield Concourse but aviation chiefs want to expand the airport to meet fresh demand now and in the future. Although HKIA is continually raising the bar to achieve customer service excellence, product innovation as well as enhancing the passenger experience, there is mounting scepticism and opposition in building a third runway at HKIA.

This month, our experts give voice to their views about:

  • Cementing its status as Asia's major aviation hub to increase Hong Kong’s connectivity, compete for global growth and fend off competition from other major cities’ airports
  • Meeting the growing traffic and passenger demand by adapting and upgrading existing terminal facilities, providing cost reduction solutions and achieving better operational efficiency with airlines
  • Will an expensive third runway be cost efficient to the detriment of airlines and passengers?
  • Reducing aviation emissions to achieve sustainability
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Fixing education: Students first or bureaucracy first?
Mar
14
11:30am11:30am

Fixing education: Students first or bureaucracy first?

There are a myriad of challenges in Hong Kong’s education system.    

This month, our experts give voice to their views about:

  • Focusing on student learning in formulating education policy to enrich the educational experience
  • Debating on the inclusion of national interest in setting education policy and curriculum design in the “One Country, Two Systems” framework
  • Improving English proficiency in a trilingual society to enhance Hong Kong’s regional competitiveness
  • Highlighting the tension of shadow education and home-schooling for policymakers and students
  • Discussing the need or abolishment of the Territory-wide System Assessment for primary school pupils
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Budget prognosis: Healthy or bleak for Hong Kong's future economic growth?
Feb
26
11:30am11:30am

Budget prognosis: Healthy or bleak for Hong Kong's future economic growth?

Looking back to the year 2015, did the proposed measures enhance both Hong Kong’s business environment and competitiveness? What could we expect going forward?

This month, our experts give voice to their views about:

  • Allocating fiscal resources to strengthen the emerging industry pillars and improve Hong Kong’s long-term competitiveness
  • Implementing measures to boost long-term economic growth in a lukewarm macroeconomic environment
  • Shedding light on the Future Fund to tackle future welfare challenges and structural deficit
  • Stimulating market liquidity by enhancing capital market connectivity between China and Hong Kong  
  • Nurturing talent and training of workers to tackle talent shortage in different industries
  • Easing citizens’ financial burden by curbing the rise in property prices  
  • Proposing initiatives to raise the city’s attractiveness to entice global companies in setting up in Hong Kong
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Emerging pillar industries: Innovate now or be left behind
Dec
11
11:30am11:30am

Emerging pillar industries: Innovate now or be left behind

Hong Kong is a knowledge-based economy; however the city suffers from mounting challenges. Political stalemate continues as Hong Kong’s election reform plan has been rejected. Hong Kong’s technological innovation is losing ground in comparison to her neighbouring countries. Economic uncertainty looms due to an over-reliance on the four industry pillars. Hong Kong desperately needs a radical shake-up to break the inertia.

Is nurturing emerging pillar industries such as cultural and creative industries, innovation and technology; testing and certification services and environmental industries the key solution to propelling economic growth and increasing the City’s competitive edge?

 

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Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge: White elephant or cash cow?
Nov
19
11:30am11:30am

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge: White elephant or cash cow?

Hong Kong is expanding its connectivity through partnerships and investments, including the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge project. This strategic piece of infrastructure will link Hong Kong with the rest of the Pearl River Delta, benefitting the free-trade zone's development.  What role will the HZM bridge play in overall infrastructure development over the next ten years? How will the government develop and position the artificial island in Hong Kong waters? 

At this seminar, our experts gave voice to their views about:

  • Identifying the synergies created by the HZM Bridge, a potential third runway and a high speed rail to revive Hong Kong's economy and bring greater integration into the Pearl River Delta
  • Evaluating how the HZM Bridge can be utilised to spur economic growth through urbanisation, tourism and retail spending in North Lantau
  • Assessing the rise and fall of new and existing industries as a result of the HZM Bridge and free-trade zone
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English in Hong Kong: Will declining standards undermine our identity?
Sep
10
11:30am11:30am

English in Hong Kong: Will declining standards undermine our identity?

Hong Kong’s struggle with the English language is hurting its competitiveness. While English is a vital tool for international commerce, it seems to be increasingly sidelined in Hong Kong. Last year, Singapore retained its position as the world's second-most competitive economy, whereas Hong Kong lagged behind, ranking seventh on a list of 144. Have standards here always been low or are they getting worse? How should Hong Kong tackle this problem to retain its status as Asia’s World City? 

Witness a clash of convictions set to shape your views on:

  • Identifying the roots of the problem
  • Sharpening English skills to improve Hong Kong’s regional competitiveness
  • Overcoming a potential identity crisis by mastering the English language
  • Harnessing multilingualism to capture the free flow of information for potential business opportunities
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Social mobility: Does the younger generation stand a chance?
Jul
9
11:30am11:30am

Social mobility: Does the younger generation stand a chance?

In a stagnant economy such as Hong Kong, with a struggling job market and a lack of senior positions, the key to breaking the social mobility shackles is to develop new industries and create new jobs. By grooming and enhancing the skills of young people, they could potentially become the future business leaders in another 10 to 15 years. What can be done now to help create upward mobility for Hong Kong's future young generation?

Witness a clash of convictions set to shape your views on:

  • igniting the aspiration to drive one’s future amongst young people to achieve social mobility
  • overcoming the challenges of cultural and social changes and competition while heading "north"
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Stock Connect: The Shenzhen-Hong Kong stock trading scheme: Who wins what?
May
22
11:30am11:30am

Stock Connect: The Shenzhen-Hong Kong stock trading scheme: Who wins what?

Whereas only 50 percent of the 35 Chinese IPOs in Hong Kong have registered price gains of 11 percent in 2014 (Dealogic), most Chinese listings completed in Shanghai or Shenzhen have doubled in share price after listing. Will the Shenzhen - Hong Kong Stock Connect scheme help Hong Kong tap into this momentum to attract big IPO deals, improve market sediments and boost competitiveness amongst exchanges?  
 
At this seminar, our experts give voice to their views about:

  • Assessing the valuation of stocks in the two markets and the likelihood of stocks moving closer to their counterpart
  • Building a greater China trading platform by enhancing SZSE, SSE and HKEX competitiveness
  • Encouraging good corporate governance and transparency in China listed companies
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Budget 2015: Will the livelihood debate suffer because of political stalemate?
Mar
12
11:30am11:30am

Budget 2015: Will the livelihood debate suffer because of political stalemate?

Each year, the financial secretary sets out the government’s tax and fiscal policy plans in the budget speech. Looking back on 2014, we consider what has been done since to improve Hong Kong’s competitiveness and to develop industry, education, health and welfare for the elderly. Our panelists will debate about the key recommendations presented in this year’s budget speech and evaluate the government’s measures and priorities for strengthening the economy and enhancing the city’s future.

At this seminar, our experts gave voice to their views about:

  • Outlining the scale of relief society’s most vulnerable can expect when they retire
  • Stimulating Hong Kong’s competitiveness by encouraging start-ups and R&D investment initiatives
  • Taking measures today to minimise the risk of a structural deficit in 6-15 year
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