The Third PRD Conference Kicks Off

Hong Kong, November 1, 2004 – South China Morning Post and The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce are joining hands again to host a conference titled “Evolution, Enhancement and Expansion – The Delta within the Pan-PRD” which kicks off today in Zhongshan. The conference builds on the success achieved in the last two years, which clearly shows the industry’s thirst for more information about the Pearl River Delta, and highlights the need to bring the two business communities physically closer. This year, in view of the growing interest in the Pan-PRD, the conference’s theme focuses on exploring the PRD’s role within the Pan-PRD.

The Third PRD Conference is customized to provide a practical approach to how businesses-be it SMEs, MNCs, or locally-owned corporations-in Hong Kong and China can actualize the benefits of the Pearl River Delta and use it as a base to expand into the Pan-PRD. Sessions cover the following topics: (1) Hong Kong as the financial services hub; (2) manufacturing options in the Pan-PRD; (3) PRD as a tourism destination; (4) airports, logistics and transportation industry developments; (5) the evolving industrial structure, and (6) retailing in the Pan-PRD.

Mr Chen Genkai, Mayor of Zhongshan and the Honourable John Tsang, Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology of HKSAR attend the conference today to deliver welcome remarks and luncheon keynote speech respectively. Some other speakers include:

  • João Manuel Costa Antunes, Director, Macau Government Tourist Office
  • Howard Eng, Airport Management Director, Airport Authority Hong Kong
  • The Hon Timothy Fok, Legislative Councilor and President, Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China
  • Dr Victor Fung, Chairman, Greater Pearl River Delta Business Council
  • Xie Pengfei, Deputy Director-General of the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, and Director of the Center for Development Research of the People’s Government of Guangdong Province
  • Huang Weiguo, Vice Mayor, Foshan
  • Xian Wen, Vice Mayor, Zhuhai
  • Sir Gordon Wu, Chairman, Hopewell Holdings

The conference again, is jointly presented by South China Morning Post and Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, organised by SCMP Conferences and in association with 21st Century Business Herald. Supporting Organization is China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Guangdong Sub-Council, and sponsors of the conference include I-On Asia Limited and Shangri-La Hotel Zhongshan, China.

Conference information is available at


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