The 2023 SCMP HK – Asean Summit Spotlights Distinguished Keynote Speakers:

The Hon John KC Lee, Chief Executive of HKSAR, 

Dr. Tan See Leng, Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry, Government of Singapore, and 

Mr. Liew Chin Tong, Deputy Minister of Investment Trade and Industry for Malaysia


Hong Kong, (September 19, 2023) – The South China Morning Post (SCMP) returns with the 2023 instalment of the Hong Kong – Asean Summit with the overarching theme of Connectivity Strategies for Regional Growth and Prosperity, to take place in hybrid format on October 9, 2023 at the Conrad Hotel, Hong Kong.

Supported by the HK-ASEAN Foundation and Our Hong Kong Foundation as Presenting Sponsors, the Hong Kong Asean Summit brings together business leaders, policymakers and entrepreneurs from Hong Kong, China and the regional community to discuss and debate what the immediate future holds for Hong Kong while considering the city’s long-term position within the Greater Bay Area, China and Asean. 

The Hong Kong – Asean Summit counts amongst its stellar lineup of speakers: the Hon John KC Lee, Chief Executive of HKSAR, who will be delivering the keynote address at the opening ceremony. 

Our esteemed speakers also include: 

  • Dr. Tan See Leng, Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry, Government of Singapore
  • Mr. Liew Chin Tong, Deputy Minister of Investment Trade and Industry for Malaysia
  • Parnpree Bahiddha-nukara, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
  • Prabowo Subianto, Minister of Defense of the Republic of Indonesia
  • Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Secretary-General for ASEAN
  • The Hon. Bernard Charnwut Chan, GBM, GBS, JP, Executive Vice Chairman, Our Hong Kong Foundation
  • Dr. Daryl Ng, SBS, JP, Chairman, Hong Kong-Asean Foundation
  • Patrick Lau, Deputy Executive Director, Hong Kong Trade Development Council
  • Sylvester Wong, Vice President, Buildings+Places PH of Aecom
  • Patrick Ip, Managing Director, China-ASEAN Investment Cooperation Fund
  • Hendrik Rosenthal, Director – Group Sustainability, CLP Holdings Limited
  • Pamela Mar, Managing Director of the Digital Standards Initiative, International Chamber of Commerce
  • Catherine So, CEO, South China Morning Post and others

A full list of the conference’s speakers can be accessed here.

The summit will feature keynote speakers, fireside conversations, and discussion panels that provide insights into the latest trends, best practices, and emerging opportunities between Hong Kong and Asean countries. Deep dive topics on the day include:

  • How Hong Kong is positioning itself as the gateway to North Asia for Asean
  • Is Asean on track to achieve its epicentre of growth?
  • How Hong Kong can play a role in Indonesia’s ambitious development projects including Nusantara 
  • Areas of focus: cooperation or collaboration?
  • Gaining speed on Asean infrastructure connectivity
  • Strategies to accelerate the regional transition to carbon neutrality

The full agenda can be accessed here.

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