SCMP’s China Conference presents essential insights and robust predictions about China’s future over next 40 years

HONG KONG, 21 February 2019 – Attendees of the China Conference took valuable insights from the event today. The speaker faculty, led by Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam and an exclusive line-up of experts and industry voices, shed light on what lies ahead for the Greater Bay Area and China in the next 40 years.

Lam set the tone in her opening address, outlining China’s growth ambitions and highlighting Hong Kong’s role in the Greater Bay Area initiative. Hong Kong will benefit by adopting open policies to promote global economic growth and investment in social issues such as education, medical care and employment development, according to Lam. 

“China will not stop its effort to pursue higher-quality opening-up. China will not stop its effort to pursue an open world economy. And China will not stop its effort to pursue a community with a shared future for mankind. With our unique strengths under “One Country, Two Systems”, I have every confidence that Hong Kong will continue to benefit and contribute, especially in the context of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the Belt and Road Initiative,” Lam stated.

The conference convened over 380 corporate leaders and policymakers at Hong Kong’s JW Marriott Hotel, for action-oriented discussions which featured JPMorgan Chase & Co’s Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Asia Pacific Jing Ulrich; Dr Victor Fung, Group Chairman of Fung Group; Chairman, Hang Lung Properties Ltd Ronnie C. Chan; Chairman, Kerry Logistics Network George Yeo; Managing Director and Chief Economist Dr Shen Ming-gao of the Guangfa Securities Group, among others. Kindly click here for the full list of speakers and moderators. 

Said Tammy Tam, SCMP’s Editor-in-Chief: “The Greater Bay Area is an opportunity to make a mark on the international stage, and for Hong Kong to showcase its ability to create an economy that encourages technological innovation and management. The China Conference aims to identify major socio-political and cultural trends, as well as business and investment issues across industries. These conferences help to foster engagement and open conversations about China and its global impact.” 

This year’s event marks the fifth successful edition of the China Conference, and the fourth time held in Hong Kong. The event has garnered international interest, catalysing plans to bring the series to new markets across Asia and the West. In 2018, SCMP hosted the first SEA-focused China Conference in Kuala Lumpur, attracting over 1,000 delegates to gain insights about China’s ambitions in ASEAN and developments that would impact regional industries and economies. 

About China Conference

South China Morning Post’s China Conference was first launched in 2015 with the aim of setting the agenda for China watchers, business leaders and government officials around the world. Convening hundreds of thought-leaders at each event, renowned experts have debated pressing issues surrounding the world’s second-largest economy, and fostered better understanding and elevate thought about China’s culture, society, industries and economy.

About South China Morning Post

 South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and, Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China’s tech industry; Inkstone, a daily news brief for those curious about China’s growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China.

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