Forum brings together 110 organisations from 29 countries
The Forum is an alliance of chambers of commerce, industry associations, investment promotion agencies and think tanks in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and around the world, with the aim of promoting interaction, information sharing and business collaboration among its more than 110 member organisations.
“Today, we literally have the world, with representatives from all five continents coming together,” said Vincent HS Lo, chairman of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. “It is with this spirit of openness and collaboration that we set up this alliance. Sharing and exchange to create mutual success is the key purpose of the Global Forum.”
Chaired by KPMG’s Andrew Weir, HKTDC Council Member and Belt and Road Committee member, the roundtable was divided into two parts.
The first session examined the Belt and Road initiative from a global perspective, covering topics including business opportunities arising from the Initiative, Chinese investment trends, the infrastructure needs of different regions, as well as the different approaches to facilitating infrastructure investment and financing in emerging economies.
The second session explored the practical aspects of the initiative through discussions on sources of funding, investment models, project identification, risk mitigation, and case studies of best practices.
“Representing different sectors and countries around the world, Forum members contributed a wide array of expertise, meaningful exchanges and innovative ideas to the discussion,” said Weir. “I believe they will bring these valuable insights to their home countries, turning them into business opportunities and driving the Belt and Road Initiative forward.”