The 8th Shanghai-Hong Kong Metropolitan Development Seminar co-organised by Lingnan University’s Pan Sutong Shanghai-Hong Kong Economic Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong-Shanghai Economic Development Association and Shanghai Chinese Overseas Friendship Association was held on 24 November with some 500 participants.
The theme of the Seminar was “The New Financial Eras: Its Opportunities and Challenges”. President Leonard K Cheng was the convener of the Seminar’s keynote speech session, with government officials and renowned figures in the financial sector from Mainland and Hong Kong as keynote speakers. They include Dr Zheng Yang, Director of Shanghai Municipal Office of Financial Services who spoke on “The Broad Prospect of Financial Cooperation and Development between Shanghai and Hong Kong”, Prof K C Chan, Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury of the HKSAR Government who presented on “China’s Financial Reform and Hong Kong’s Opportunities”, and Prof Justin Lin Yifu, Former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank and Honorary Dean of National School of Development at Peking University who elaborated on “Free Trade Zones and Reform and Opening of China’s Economy”. Pan Sutong Shanghai-Hong Kong Economic Policy Research Centre also presented three research reports related to the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect, internationalisation of Renminbi and Renminbi offshore markets.
Mr John Tsang Chun-wah, Financial Secretary of the HKSAR Government, Mr Ying Yong, Deputy Secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Committee, Miss Chou Hong, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR (LOCPG), Prof Justin Lin Yifu, Mr Sha Hailin, President of the Shanghai Chinese Overseas Friendship Association, Prof Li Lu, Director-General of the Department of Educational, Scientific and Technological Affairs, LOCPG and President Leonard K Cheng were invited as officiating guests at the Seminar’s opening ceremony.