Hong Kong's Role in China's Development

20 September 2015 | Conrad Hotel, Hong Kong



The forum, co-organized with the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies, the Hong Kong and Macao Studies Centre of Peking University, and the One Country Two Systems Research Institute, was held at the Conrad Hotel on 20 September 2015. Mr Leung Chun-ying, the Chief Executive of the HKSAR; and Mr Chen Zuo'er, the President of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies, delivered opening speeches to explain how Hong Kong could utilize its special position and advantages under "One Country, Two Systems".


There were five discussion sessions on the following topics: national development strategies and opportunities for Hong Kong, the internationalization of China's financial sector and Hong Kong's financial industry, China goes global and Hong Kong's legal resources, the modernization of national governance and Hong Kong's social governance, and the new wave of starting businesses in the mainland and Hong Kong.


Prof. Fanny M. Cheung, Co-Convenor of the GCR, was the moderator of the first discussion session. Prof. Anthony Neoh, Senior Counsel and GCR advisor, shared his expertise on how Hong Kong could provide legal resources for mainland China. Prof. Lau Siu-kai, Vice-President of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies and GCR advisor, discussed how Hong Kong could play an active role in the Belt and Road Initiative. Other speakers included Prof. Zhang Yansheng, Secretary-General of the Academic Committee of the National Development and Reform Commission, Mr Antony Kam-chung Leung, former Financial Secretary of the HKSAR Government, Mr Frederick Si-hang Ma, former Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the HKSAR Government, and the Hon. Ms Regina Ip, member of the Executive Council.


Over 800 people, including renowned scholars, political leaders, and business people, attended the forum. Many representatives of the local and international media reported on the event. A volume on the conference proceedings, entitled The Status and Roles of Hong Kong in China's National Development Strategy (in Chinese), was published by the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies.