What the Greater Bay Area Means for Your Business

September 14, 2017, 08:00-10:00
Harcourt Suite, The Hong Kong Club,1 Jackson Road
Hong Kong SAR, China
Member Price: HKD 350
Non-Member Price: HKD 450

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Come and join us to this session to discuss with experts the many questions around the polemic Greater Bay Area, also known as the Nine plus two. The “Guangzhou-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area" is a concept proposed by the Guangzhou Province and subsequently confirmed and endorsed by Premier Li Keqiang in the State Council report of March 2017. 

This initiative aims to build a world-class city cluster - generating 10% of China’s GDP and 25% of its exports. Moreover, with over 100,000 foreign-invested firms, this cluster is more open to the outside world and to the private sector than any other region in Mainland China. Led by Shenzhen, this cluster has already become a major force in innovation, entrepreneurship and technology in China - generating almost half of China’s high-quality international patent filings. Meanwhile, Hong Kong remains the freest economy on Earth, as well as China’s super-connector with the rest of the world.

And yet, behind this bright picture lurks many questions about the future of this city cluster. Will the economic development be shackled by controls in political, social, capital and people flows? What are the business implications for Hong Kong’s business community? Don't miss out on the opportunity to find out more about this hot topic. 




George Yuen
Board Director, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia), Hong Kong, China

George Yuen is currently an independent Non-Executive Director of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia), which is an international flagship operation of ICBC, the world's largest bank in terms of market capitalization. Mr. Yuen has held the board directorship since 2003. Mr. Yuen obtained his postgraduate education in International Management and Public Administration at Harvard, INSEAD, Oxford and Stanford. Mr. Yuen was a directorate member of the Hong Kong Information Services Department, where he led the government's overseas public relations programs; he served the government for 25 years.

Alexander Wan 
Senior Advisor China Daily Asia Pacific

Alexander Wan is Senior Advisor of China Daily Asia Pacific. He was Regional Director Greater China of the Conference Board of New York, member of the Corporate Advisory Council of Special Olympics, Senior Advisor of the China Initiatives of the Harvard School of Public Health and Senior Advisor of Women’s Forum Asia. Alexander held senior regional management positions at several Fortune 500 companies in China and Asia. 

Lee George LAM 
Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong

Dr. Lam is Chairman of Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited, Chief Adviser to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Asia, a member of the Hong Kong SAR's Committee on Innovation, Technology and Re-Industrialization, the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health, the Council on Professional Conduct in Education (CPC), among other roles.


Barrett Bingley
Director, North Asia Content Solutions and Global Partnership Lead - World Ocean Initiative
The Economist Group

Mr. Bingley is currently the Director for North Asia and Global Partnership Lead for the World Ocean Initiative for the The Economist Group, which owns The Economist and The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).  He has lived in Hong Kong for close to 9 years, serving on the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (Finance Committee) for 4 of these and is the current Vice-Chair of the AmChamHK Trade and Investment Committee.  He works with clients throughout the Greater Bay Area.


Before moving to Hong Kong, Mr. Bingley was the Senior Policy Advisor to the Foreign Minister of Canada as well as the Policy Advisor to the International Trade Minister.  He handled relations with China, Hong Kong and other major Asian economies, as well as the APEC and air negotiations files.  He was instrumental in the creation and funding of Canada’s Global Commerce Strategy. 

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