Third in the Series of Business and Economic Policy Seminars “Hong Kong Port: Does it have a future?”

Hong Kong, November 11, 2004 – “Hong Kong Port: Does it have a future?” is the third in the highly successful series of business and economic policy seminars jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and the University of Hong Kong and sponsored by Citigroup. The half day seminar, to be held at the Conrad Hotel on Tuesday, November 23, 2004 from 8:30am – 12:00 noon, will gather experts from government, academia and the private sector to share their views on this topic.

The seminar aims to identify and debate the issues Hong Kong port is facing against lower cost facilities across the border; the impact of the highest terminal handling charges in the region and the artificially high cost of trucking goods from South China by a restrictive regulatory regime; as well as discussing strategies that could be used and plans the Government could implement to increase competitiveness of the port.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mr Russell Barling, Transport and Logistics Correspondent, South China Morning Post;
  • Mr Jonathan Beard, Managing Director, GHK Consultants;
  • Mr Raymond Fan, Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Labour (Economic Development) 3, Economic Development and Labour Bureau, Government of HKSAR;
  • Mr Mohd Sidik Shaik Osman, CEO of the Port of Tanjung Pelepas;
  • Mr Charles de Trenck, Director, Head of Regional Transport, Citigroup Smith Barney; and
  • Professor Y.C.Richard Wong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Hong Kong

This series of seminars will extend into 2005 with more hot topics to come. The next seminar in the series "Monetary Policy" will kick off early 2005.

Enrolment fee for the seminar is HK$360 per person and a group discount of 20% off will be offered to any company that reserves two seats or more. Interested parties please contact Sandy Ng at (852)2250 3129 for registration or visit


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