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  • [ 25 Years of Design ], a special exhibition that celebrates Hong Kong’s design achievements for more than two decades, officially opens its doors today. Organized by Designworks Foundation, curated by its founder Winnie Yue and sponsored by Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the exhibition runs from today through September 3 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre and is free to the public. An accredited event in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), [ 25 Years of Design ] features immersive exhibitions and multi-strand programmes that highlight some of the most influential and impactful architectural and design projects, reflecting innovation, creativity and resilience in Hong Kong’s history. On August 31, [ 25 Years of Design ] held an opening ceremony graced by Kevin Yeung, GBS, JP, Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau; Rita Fan, GBM, GBS, CBE, JP, former president of the Legislative Council and the Honorary Advisor of [ 25 Years of Design ]; Zhang Guoyi, Deputy Director – General, Department of Publicity, Cultural and Sports Affair, Hong Kong Liaison Office; Kenneth Fok, JP, member of the Legislative Council; Regina Ip, GBM, GBS, JP, convenor of the Executive Council, member of the Legislative Council, and Honorary Advisor of [ 25 Years of Design ]; Jeffrey Lam, GBS, JP , member of the Executive & Legislative Council; Carmen Kan, member of the Legislative Council; Chow Man Kong, member of the Legislative Council; Kelvin Lo, JP, Director of Water Supplies Department; Victor Hui, GBS, MBE, JP, President of the Hong Kong Elite Athlete’s Association; TK Yeung, Sport Commissioner of the Home Affairs Bureau; William Lim, Honorary Advisor of [ 25 Years of Design ]; Steve Leung, Honorary Advisor of [ 25 Years of Design ]; Douglas So, BBS, JP, Chairman of Antiquities Advisory Board, Honorary Advisor of [ 25 Years of Design ]; Victor Tsang, Head of CreateHK of the Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau; Kenneth Wong, General Manager of MICE & Cruise of the Hong Kong Tourism Board; Gioia Morena Gatti, Italy Trade Commissioner of Hong Kong; Antionietta Cornacchia, Deputy Consul General of Italian Cultural Institute of Hong Kong; Stefano Fossati, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute Hong Kong & Macau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation; and Corin Wilson, Director of UK International Trade and Investment. As informed by a collective pursuit to disseminate creative culture and insights, [ 25 Years of Design ] offers a unique opportunity to reiterate Hong Kong's values and vision for the foreseeable future across the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA). Encompassing ten sections, highlight presentations of the [ 25 Years of Design ] include a Design Gallery spotlighting a collection of outstanding public projects across transport, medical, academic, housing, heritage, cultural and leisure sectors, such as the Chek Lap Kok airport, Dr Sun Yat Sen Museum, Hong Kong Velodrome, M+ Museum, Green@Wanchai Stations and Bishop Hill Service Reservoir; a Design Library featuring products by leading Hong Kong-based designers from furniture to lighting and home accessories; as well as two international pavilions in collaboration with Design Italy by the Italian Cultural Institute and Hong Kong Design Institute showcasing seminal works from the Memphis Group, and a UK Pavilion by UK Trade and Investment. In addition, there is an exhibition on the Greater Bay Area as well as creative MIC (Modular Integrated Construction) Housing Installations. [ 25 Years of Design ] also includes a bilingual ‘Dialogue Speakers Series’ of master talks throughout the duration bringing leading architects and emerging designers together to offer their insights into key topics in design and urban development, engage in creative exchange and foster greater design appreciation among public audiences. Highlight speakers include Keith Griffiths, Chair of Aedas; Bryant Lu, Vice Chairman, Ronald Lu and Partners; Elaine Ng, Founder of Fabrick Lab; and Michael Young of MYoung studio, among others. In addition [ 25 Years of Design ] explores aspects of Hong Kong’s culture, history and heritage including The Lion Rock Spirit featuring miniature models of local structures common during 1960s-70s, Kaleidoscope: Magic of Hong Kong’s immersive installation of iconic Hong Kong landscapes, and a Design Exhibition on the National flag of China and regional flag of HKSAR and the emblems. "Everything is by design. It is the process of improving and seeking for excellence, and an important factor in pushing our culture forward. I hope visitors at [ 25 Years of Design ] not only appreciate the exhibits but also understand the hard work behind the scenes. This gives the public the opportunity to gain new knowledge, ideas and ways of thinking, which I hope will take Hong Kong’s cultural scene to the next level," comments Winnie Yue, Organizer and Curator of [ 25 Years of Design ]. About Designworks Foundation Founded by Winnie Yue, Designworks Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advocacy of design and cultural matters for the Hong Kong community. About Winnie Yue, Organizer and Curator of [ 25 Years of Design ] A leading figure in Asia’s design scene for over 30 years, Winnie Yue is the Founder Director of the International Design Furniture Fair Hong Kong (IDFFHK) which debuted in 2015 and 2017. A trained architect, Ms Yue founded designed furniture stores across Hong Kong, created unique design experiences and is a strong advocate for design education. She is a noted philanthropist who has led fundraising efforts for diverse charity organisations including the Hong Kong Queen Mary Hospital Oncology Department and the Hong Kong Children’s Cancer Foundation. Disclaimer: The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region provides funding support to the project only, and does not otherwise take part in the project. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials/events (or by members of the project team) are those of the project organisers only and do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau, Create Hong Kong, the CreateSmart Initiative Secretariat or the CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee.
    2022-09-03
  • Hong Kong has served as a critical gateway to boosting progress in trade and investment under the Belt and Road Initiative since the BRI was launched nine years ago, government officials and business leaders said at the seventh Belt and Road Summit on Wednesday. Vice-Premier Han Zheng said at the summit that Hong Kong is an active participant in, contributor to and beneficiary of the Belt and Road Initiative. Han expressed the central government's full support for the city in maintaining its distinct position and advantages, and in actively participating in and contributing to the Belt and Road. Han, who is also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks via video link in his opening speech to the summit. With the theme "Heralding a New Chapter: Collaborate and Innovate", the two-day conference is jointly held by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. It is among the major events this year marking the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR. Highlighting Hong Kong's strong connection with the Chinese mainland and the rest of the world, Han said the city should proactively promote more practical regional cooperation. "We support Hong Kong in maintaining a free, open and regulated business environment, developing smooth and convenient international links as well as closer exchanges and cooperation with more countries, and expanding economic and trade cooperation networks," Han said. The vice-premier also outlined his hopes for Hong Kong to strengthen professional services, enhance cultural and education exchanges and deepen collaboration with the mainland. Since President Xi Jinping proposed the BRI in 2013, China has signed cooperation documents with over 180 countries and international organizations, covering policy, infrastructure, trade, finance and people-to-people exchanges. Total trade among economies involved in the initiative exceeded $10 trillion, while direct investment surpassed $140 billion. Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu, who also attended the summit on Wednesday, said in his opening address at the summit that Hong Kong will continue to play the role as "a pivotal gateway" for the Belt and Road Initiative, pledging to maintain the Asian financial hub's long-standing support for and practice of free markets and multilateralism. Lee said various Belt and Road collaboration programs have been established in Hong Kong, and the government has also partnered with related parties to provide Belt and Road networking opportunities for companies and professionals. Hong Kong has everything needed by companies and economies involved in the BRI as well as the projects they partner in, including project financing and professional services support, innovation and technology, capacity building, cultural awareness and wide-ranging connections, Lee said. Hong Kong is also seeking early accession to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, the world's largest free trade agreement, which covers about 30 percent of global GDP, Lee added. "Joining the RCEP is a natural step for Hong Kong. It'll enable us to deepen the collaboration and connections we enjoy with our close partners," he said. Peter Lam Kin-ngok, chairman of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, said the Belt and Road Initiative, with collaboration as its key concept, has been bringing nations together, not only through physical infrastructure but also with the flow of capital, knowledge and information. "With innovation driving progress, this initiative provides the framework to apply these innovations to create a sustainable future," Lam said. Given Hong Kong's strategic location, as well as its position as a global financial center and the mainland's international gateway, the city can always create opportunities by bringing together people, knowledge and capital, he said.
    2022-09-02
  • HONG KONG - Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu highlighted the city’s role as “a pivotal gateway” for the Belt and Road Initiative, pledging to maintain the Asian financial hub’s longstanding support and practice of free markets and multilateralism. In his onsite opening address at the seventh Belt and Road Summit on Wednesday, Lee said various Belt and Road collaboration programs have been established in Hong Kong, and the government has also partnered with related parties to provide Belt and Road networking opportunities for companies and professionals. With the theme “Heralding a New Chapter: Collaborate and Innovate”, the summit is among the major events this year marking the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Since the Belt and Road Initiative was launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013, it has inspired regional and international collaboration among over 180 countries and international organizations, covering policy, infrastructure, trade, finance and people-to-people bonds. For Belt and Road companies, economies, and the projects they partner in, Hong Kong has all it needs — including project financing and professional services support, innovation and technology, capacity building, cultural awareness, and wide-ranging connections, Lee said. Acknowledging the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic, Lee said Hong Kong’s financial system remains resilient to market volatility. This has been clearly shown by the capital adequacy ratio of Hong Kong’s major central banks exceeding 20 percent at the end of last year, and the average liquidity coverage ratio surpassing 150 percent — both above international standards. Lee said Hong Kong’s foreign reserves stood at US$447.3 billion, equivalent to about 130 percent of the city’s GDP. “That ensures that our financial market is reinforced with the buffers and resilience necessary to counter global financial and political shocks,” he said. Lee also said Hong Kong is seeking early accession to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership — the world’s largest free trade agreement, which covers about 30 percent of the global total gross domestic product. “Joining the RCEP is a natural step for Hong Kong. It’ll enable us to deepen the collaboration and connections we enjoy with our close partners,” he said. Also on Wednesday, in his online keynote speech at the summit, Vice-Premier Han Zheng affirmed Hong Kong is an active participant, contributor and beneficiary of the Belt and Road Initiative. He said the central government will fully support Hong Kong in maintaining its distinct position and advantages, and in actively participating in and contributing to the Belt and Road. Han also expressed his hopes for what Hong Kong should do in terms of promoting practical regional cooperation, strengthening professional services, enhancing cultural and education exchanges, and deepening collaborations with the Chinese mainland.
    2022-09-01
  • The values of connectivity, joint contributions and shared benefits of the Belt and Road Initiative are what our world needs most to counter adversity for recovery and to ward off the forces of anti-connectivity and build a sustainable future, according to speakers at the seventh Belt and Road Summit. And better and more connectivity by way of the Belt and Road Initiative and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership facilitates development, prosperity and peace in a counter to those forces against free trade and multilateral mechanisms, said senior officials and experts at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday. “It is significant that ASEAN and like-minded partners, including China, come together to form the world’s largest free trade agreement, RCEP,” Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies Heng Swee Keat told the offline and online audience. Noting it is important that infrastructure projects are sustainable, Heng said that the Belt and Road Initiative International Green Development Coalition has been pulling together expertise and data on the region’s green transition. “As co-chairs Singapore and China will continue to work with our partners on environmentally responsible developments along the Belt and Road,” he said. John Key, the prime minister of New Zealand from 2008 to 2016, expressed his appreciation for the human progress achieved through BRI and RCEP for multilateralism and common development. Key’s ideas were echoed by Rod Eddington, chairman of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia. “The case for free trade has to be constantly made by both political leaders and business leaders,” said Eddington, who is also chairman of JP Morgan’s Asia-Pacific Advisory Council and non-executive chairman of Lion group. “There are forces in all countries which resist the movement of free goods and services around the world,” Eddington said, adding that those forces come from quite a broad political and business spectrum. ALSO READ: World needs BRI’s values of connectivity, mutual respect to build sustainable future Key said that some people are trying to change the global supply chain, adding that the United States has many elites who are among those responsible for such attempts. The trade barriers and sanctions imposed by former US president Donald Trump on China, have had a “breathtaking” impact on consumers, said Key, who is the chairman of ANZ Bank New Zealand. Moreover, the changed rhetoric of Trump in relation to China has “created another obstacle” that confronts the region, Key said. Lim Sidenine, the secretary of state at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport in Cambodia, stressed the importance of connectivity, both domestic and international, for transportation infrastructure to lead to prosperity. “For the ASEAN strategy we need to connect people to people in the country first,” he said, adding his nation has also tried to connect physical infrastructure, and to connect the institutions together. “Where there is a road, there is hope,” he said. ML Chayotid Kridakon, a Thai trade representative and an adviser to his country’s prime minister, said Thailand is embarking on a new chapter of its recovery which is strongly linked to green growth, as well as a bio-circular green economy. Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Indonesia’s coordinating minister of maritime affairs and investment, said that the COVID-19 pandemic had changed the whole global landscape, so, “a sustainable infrastructure development is imperative not only for in Asia, but also for all our global partners.” Lim Ban Hong, Malaysia’s deputy minister of international trade and industry, said he believes that the BRI can and must elevate the value of regional cooperation, through strong multilateral partnerships forged through innovative and inclusive solutions. “The BRI serves as a major impetus for economic growth that addresses not only infrastructure gaps that constrain mobility and development, but a fundamental issue of shared progress and prosperity,” he said. “A rule-based international system founded on a multilateral platform is the best way forward for cooperation of the magnitude and intensity of BRI.”
    2022-09-01
  • Free trade and multilateral mechanisms are confronting challenges posed by anti-connectivity forces while the world needs more and better connectivity by ways of the Belt and Road Initiative and trade agreements that facilitate development, prosperity and peace. At the “Business Plenary: Collaborate for a Bright New Era” of the Belt and Road summit in Hong Kong on Aug 31, speakers criticized forces that disrupt global supply chain and free flow of goods and services. The BRI, a modern version of the long-standing concept of linking Asia through Europe, keeps promoting free trade and multilateral development via digital and physical means, according to Sir John Key, the 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2008 to December 2016. And the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, the largest free trade agreement in history, showcases the human progress for multilateralism and common development. Key’s ideas are well shared by Sir Rod Eddington AO, Chairman of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia. “The case of free trade has to be constantly made by both political leaders and business leaders,” said Eddington, who is also Chairman of J.P. Morgan’s Asia Pacific Advisory Council and Non-Executive Chairman of Lion group. “There are forces in all countries which resist the movement of free goods and services around the world,” he said. And they are from quite a broad political and business spectrum. Key said some people try to change the global supply chain, and the United States in particular. The trade barriers and sanctions imposed by former US president Donald Trump on China, have resulted in “breathtaking” impact on consumers, said Key, who is the Chairman of ANZ Bank New Zealand. Moreover, the changed rhetoric of Trump in relation to China has “created another obstacle” that confronts the region. Liu Liange, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank of China, said China remains committed to multilateralism and free trade in practice and pledge. And the Bank of China has been a vanguard to back up BRI and RCEP projects across the region. In fact, Key said, the cheap and high quality goods from economies like China “have actually lifted the standard of living” while US trade barriers work in the opposite direction, contributing to inflation among others. Aswin Techajareonvikul, Chief Executive Officer and President of Berli Jucker Public Company Limited, agreed that BRI and RCEP provide better opportunities to smaller countries like Thailand. Eddington of Australia said: “We’d like to see supply chains and people-to-people movements return to normal as quickly as possible because on the basis of those things regional prosperity will grow,” he said, adding that is “the best guarantee” of peace. Australia’s trade relation with East Asia including China and Southeast Asia is strong and should be further strengthened, he said. YK Pang, Deputy Managing Director & Chairman of Hong Kong Jardine Matheson Holdings Limited, noted the supply chain also suffers from security disruptions such as the Ukraine-Russia conflict. Other speakers agreed that geopolitical interventions are causing widespread concerns about the vulnerability of supply chain. Key of New Zealand called US congress Speaker Nancy Pelosy “selfish” and her provocative visit to Taiwan dangerous, as her recent visit in Taipei “risks security in the region” and can make supply chain suffer more. “Countries who trade together, who talk to each other about trade issues are far less likely” to be involved in conflicts, Key said, instead at disputes they would find ways to engage and understand each other. Paul Chan Mo-po, Financial Secretary of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, expounded HK’s role as super connector and its wish to join in RCEP in special remarks. Panel Chair Ronnie C. Chan, Chair of Hang Lung Properties Limited, in concluding remarks, said the BRI and RCEP are connectivity, and trade is really for global peace in many ways.
    2022-08-31
  • The rapid growth of e-commerce is shaping Asia's digital future, with more policies designed to encourage small businesses to go online, according to key speakers at an international forum on technology. Participants on the opening day of the World Digital Economy and Technology Summit 2022, being held in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday and Wednesday, also discussed how the pandemic has led to digital transformation, pushing more people into e-commerce, digital banking, telehealth and online education. An estimated 650 participants attended the WDET on its first day. Top policymakers, diplomats, corporate leaders, academicians, entrepreneurs, innovators, digital practitioners and digital evangelists from 28 countries attended the hybrid format event. WDET was organized by the KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific, the Economic Club of Kuala Lumpur and the Pacific Basin Economic Council, and is supported by the China Daily Asia Leadership Roundtable. Mustapa Mohamed, Malaysia's minister in the Prime Minister's Department for Economic Affairs, and Sandiaga Uno, Indonesia's minister for tourism and creative economy, discussed how their respective countries are helping micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises, or MSMEs, embrace digital commerce and contribute to economic growth. "The widespread use of digital technology has accelerated the pace of globalization, transformed the world economic order, and has also transformed the Malaysian economy," Mustapa said in his keynote address. Mustapa opened WDET's morning session by noting that Southeast Asia is one of the world's fastest-growing internet markets and that "the pandemic has completely changed the digital landscape in Southeast Asia, where 14 million new internet users (were) recorded last year". He said this pushed the "momentum of digitalization to unprecedented heights". 'Quality jobs' Sandiaga, who delivered his speech via video link, said the Indonesian government is building a digital economy to create 4.4 million "new, better quality jobs".He said only 77 percent of 60 million Indonesian MSMEs have connectivity, and less than 23 percent have access to financial capital. N.R. Narayana Murthy, founder and chairman emeritus of one of India's biggest technology companies Infosys, said the Indian government has launched two key initiatives which have "brought digitalization to the help of everybody in general, but to the poor in particular". Murthy said India's introduction of the digital ID system helped in extending direct subsidies to the poor. Another key initiative is the Open Network for Digital Commerce, which will be launched later this year to help small traders go online. Charles Chang, deputy dean of academics and director of the Fintech Research Center at the Fanhai International School of Finance at Shanghai's Fudan University, said almost 90 percent of central banks around the world are developing their own digital currencies and China is taking a very aggressive role.
    2022-06-29
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