Agenda

11:30 am

Reception and registration

12:00 Pm

Lunch & Opening

12:20 pm

Asia’s fintech hub – Hong Kong’s future as the region’s financial centre

As per Global Fintech Hub Index 2018, Beijing scored the highest in the city rankings, followed by San Francisco, Shanghai, London and New York. Hong Kong is a distant 13th, behind neighbors Singapore and Australia.

The good news is that Hong Kong’s fintech sector is making progress. As per InvestHK’s report, there are currently 550 fintech companies based in Hong Kong covering all segments including blockchain technology, payments, insurtech, wealthtech and more. The government is allocating HK$500million to further develop the financial services and fintech industry over the next five years as well as launching new initiatives including the city’s first virtual banking licenses. Investment banks and financial institutions are modernizing and digitizing their operations by partnering or acquiring high-growth fintech businesses or developing fintech in-house.

Key points for discussion:
Can Hong Kong continue its financial services crown and become a global player in fintech?
Greater Bay Area – where are the opportunities?
How to retain or encourage talent to work in the Greater Bay Area?
What lessons can Hong Kong learn from current and future fintech development, consumers and industry fintech adoption, policy and regulatory environment?
Any elements that are holding Hong Kong’s emerging fintech community back?

01:00 pm

Roundtable discussions

Redefining Hong Kong Forum Series is not only an opportunity to listen to some incredible speakers, but it is also an idea-sharing and networking opportunity. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss challenges, opportunities and solutions in investment spending, consumer mindsets, data security, Greater Bay Area, regulation and talent through roundtable discussions.

01:30 Pm

Roundtable sharing / Q&A

02:00 pM

End of program

07:45 Am

Reception and registration

08:00 AM

Breakfast & Opening

08:20 AM

Will a jab of technology advance Hong Kong public health care sector?

Hong Kong has a reputable healthcare system and currently holds the title of the most efficient healthcare system in the world, according to the Bloomberg Health Care Efficiency Index 2018. Despite the praises, the city’s overburdened public health care system is facing problems such as overstretched, overcrowded public hospitals; shortage of doctors and overworked health professionals, and an ageing population with growing demand.

The government is trying to find solutions to alleviate some of these challenges such as increasing the public health expenditure by 10 per cent (from last year) to the amount of HK$80.6 billion (US$10.3 billion). The Hospital Authority is also taking bold steps in allowing local researchers access to the city’s first big data health care platform, in the hopes of developing smarter systems for frontline medical workers.

Technology Is revolutionising healthcare and its widely used in the healthcare ecosystems to diagnose, treat and monitor health conditions. How is Hong Kong’s public healthcare system keeping up with technological advances? Is the city harnessing healthcare technology more efficiently than its Asian neighbours for improved patient care? How can medical workers and technology experts collaborate to solve the manpower shortage in Hong Kong’s public hospitals? How can technology providers help doctors and medical staff to streamline processes, lower costs, increase efficiency and most importantly, to improve quality of care?

09:00 Am

Roundtable discussions

Redefining Hong Kong Forum Series is not only an opportunity to listen to some incredible speakers, but it is also an idea-sharing and networking opportunity. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss challenges, opportunities and solutions in healthcare-related regulation, alternative innovative products, investment spending and talent through roundtable discussions.

09:45 am

Roundtable sharing / Q&A

10:30 aM

End of program

11:30 Am

Reception and registration

12:00 pM

Lunch & Opening

12:20 pm

Can startups make it in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong’s entrepreneurial spirit has been stitched into the city’s DNA with some notably early entrepreneurs including Lee Kum Kee, Kee Wah Bakery and Chow Sang Sang. This entrepreneurial spirit still continues today. The city is one of the fastest growing startup ecosystems in the world with a total of 2,625 startups in 2018, an 18 per cent increase from 2017 as per InvestHK’s report. While it is encouraging to see the growth in startups, Hong Kong lags behind in producing unicorns - 7 unicorns compared to China’s unicorn club of 186. Other criticisms from entrepreneurs and the startup community suggest Hong Kong is quickly falling behind regional competitors by failing to provide necessary support, making it difficult to attract global talent, and being slow to reform a risk-averse regulatory environment.

The Hong Kong government contests the critics, claiming to be doing its part by funding entrepreneur programmes and pledging millions of dollars to the technology and innovation sector.

What more can policymakers do to help startups take flight? Is the risk-averse attitude protecting Hong Kong businesses from new competition and external threats, or stifling their potential? Do startups need to cross the border to Shenzhen or other GBA cities in order to succeed? Do local startups have sufficient funding, talent pool and global know-how to grow their business into potential unicorns or even an IPO listing?

1:00 Pm

Roundtable discussions

Redefining Hong Kong Forum Series is not only an opportunity to listen to some incredible speakers, but it is also an idea-sharing and networking opportunity. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss challenges, opportunities and solutions in cross-industry innovation, investment spending, regulation, talent gap, winners and losers and much more through roundtable discussions.

1:30 pm

Roundtable sharing / Q&A

2:00 PM

End of program

07:45 Am

Reception and registration

08:15 AM

Welcome remarks and networking

08:30 am

The future of payment methods in Hong Kong

Hong Kong was one of the first places in the world to introduce a cashless payment system when the Octopus card was launched in 1997. Over the past 20 years, little has changed in the city’s digital payments ecosystem. What was then an incredible example of digital innovation, today has become outdated. 

Countries around the world, meanwhile, are speeding ahead in the drive towards cashless economies. Shifting consumer habits of millennials and widespread adoption of smartphones and digital devices have created an extraordinary demand for digital payment systems and platforms. Sweden is one of the frontrunners being the first country in the world to go cashless by 2023. In Asia, Malaysia is fostering a competitive payment card industry; Singapore is reducing cash withdrawals at ATMs by 2025 and China is fast-tracking its cashless economy with QR codes and is set to overtake the USA by 2021. 

Why did Hong Kong stall after the introduction of the Octopus card in 1997? What is the regulatory attitude towards digital payments, considering the potential cyber security risks? Why are key services and industries, such as taxis, still so reliant on cash? How can Hong Kong improve and learn from China? Can Hong Kong catch up with the trend? 

09:00 am

Roundtable discussions

Redefining Hong Kong Forum Series is not only an opportunity to listen to some incredible speakers, but it is also an idea-sharing and networking opportunity. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss challenges, opportunities and solutions in industry collaboration, technology innovation, mindsets of consumers, data security, privacy concerns, regulation, and much more through roundtable discussions.

09:30 am

Roundtable sharing / Q&A

10:15 am

End of program

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