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International Conference on Global Sustainability and the Belt and Road Initiative: Engaging the World from Hong Kong
2018-04-27

27 April 2018 | The Chinese University of Hong Kong

 

 

The Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, the Global China Research Programme, and the Department of Government and Public Administration of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) co-hosted the International Conference on Global Sustainability and the Belt and Road Initiative: Engaging the World from Hong Kong, on 27 April. The purpose was to bring together scholars, policymakers, members of think tanks, and other stakeholders from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Belt and Road countries, and other countries, for academic exchange.

 

As a prelude to the conference, Prof. Fanny M. Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of CUHK, delivered the welcome message. The conference consisted of three thematic discussion sessions and a roundtable discussion session, which attracted nearly 100 attendees. The three thematic discussion sessions were aimed at facilitating academic exchange and engaged 13 panellists. The panellists participated in frank and critical discussions on various topics and made key suggestions in specific aspects.

 

The first session was moderated by Prof. Liuhang Sheng of the CUHK Department of Economics on Renminbi Internationalization, ODI, and Green Finance. Four presentations were delivered by Prof. Edwin L. C. Lai (Director, Center for Economic Development, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Dr Minggao Shen (Chief Economist and Managing Director, GF Securities, China), Prof. Huanhuan Zheng (Assistant Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore), and Prof. Louis Cheng (Professor of Finance, School of Accounting and Finance, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University). Prof. Lai examined the possibility of the successful internationalization of the RMB. Dr Shen discussed the rise and fall of an international currency and its link to overseas investment. Prof. Zheng addressed the tendency of multinational firms from Hong Kong and Macau to increase their investment in Belt and Road countries. Prof. Cheng explored the underlying corporate strategic milestone of achieving and verifying green credentials through the issuing of green bonds.

 

The second session was moderated by Prof. Yuan Xu of the CUHK Department of Geography and Resource Management on Green Energy and Technology. Four presentations were delivered by Dr Gang Kevin Li (Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Australia), Dr Jin Shang (Assistant Professor, School of Energy and Environment, The City University of Hong Kong), Dr Steven Wright (Associate Professor of International Relations, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar), and Prof. Lei Zhu (Associate Professor, Department of Applied Economics, Beihang University, China). Dr Li assessed CO2 Capture and EOR/EGR-based Storage CO2 Capture and EOR/EGR-based Storage from a technological perspective. Dr Shang reviewed the properties of potentially targeted cargos. Dr Wright discussed the dual challenges that Qatar is facing with increasing competition in the East Asian energy market and how this has affected its dynamics. Prof. Zhu evaluated the CTL-CCS Project in China.

 

The third session was moderated by Prof. Carlos W. H. Lo of the CUHK Department of Government and Public Administration on Green Development and Sustainability. Four presentations were delivered by Prof. Yury E. Blagov (Director, PwC Center for Corporate Social Responsibility, Graduate School of Management, St. Petersburg University, Russia), Dr Maria Francesch-Huidobro (Expert Associate, Carbon Care Asia Limited, Hong Kong), Prof. Kathinka Fürst (Associate Director, Environmental Research Center, Duke Kunshan University, China), and Dr Ning Liu (Assistant Professor, Department of Public Policy, The City University of Hong Kong) with Dr Pansy H. Y. Li (Teaching Fellow, Department of Management and Marketing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University). Prof. Blagov shared his viewpoint on how the BRI provides opportunities for green development and sustainability in Russia. Dr Francesch-Huidobro discussed the role of Hong Kong as a market and energy hub. Dr Liu and Dr Li provided insights into how Hong Kong-based enterprises have been continuously adjusting their corporate environmental management strategies and practices in response to growing local demands for cleaner production.

 

The roundtable discussion session wrapped up the conference. In the fifty-minute session, key ideas and views were further elaborated upon and discussed. Comments were also made about various specific roles that Hong Kong can play in the Belt and Road Initiative by serving as a point linking China and the Belt and Road regions. The participants made excellent comments and suggestions about further academic collaboration. The session ended with short closing remarks by Prof. Ying-yi Hong, Co-Convenor of the GCR.

 

For details: http://www.gcr.cuhk.edu.hk/bri_conference2018/ENG/home.html