Asian Financial Forum Opens in Hong Kong on Monday
Jan 09, 2014

8 January 2014 – More than 2,000 business leaders and senior government officials from around the world are expected to take part in the seventh Asian Financial Forum (AFF), 13-14 January, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Under the theme, “Asia: Powering World Growth,” AFF 2014 will present a variety of discussion sessions, thematic workshops and panel luncheons. With the global economy continuing to shift to the East, prospects on the Chinese mainland and throughout the Asian region will dominate the two-day forum.

Forum highlights were presented today at a press conference led by AFF Steering Committee Chairman Benjamin Hung, Executive Director and CEO of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd, and Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Assistant Executive Director Raymond Yip.

Consul General of Canada in Hong Kong and Macao James Ian Burchett also spoke at the press conference. The Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong is sponsoring a workshop on the future of natural resource finance and investment and participating in the Forum’s Global Investment zone. David Pierce, Chairman of the Asia Private Equity Forum Organizing Committee, introduced International Financial Week, which features 10 finance-related events.

High-Profile Speakers
Timothy Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury under United States President Barack Obama from 2009 until last January, will be the keynote speaker at the Forum’s 14 January luncheon. In all, more than 100 speakers will take part in the two-day Forum, including:

  • Paul M Achleitner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank AG
  • Alan Bollard, Executive Director, APEC Secretariat
  • Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Minister of Finance, the Netherlands; President, Eurogroup
  • Ding Xuedong, Chairman and CEO, China Investment Corporation
  • Do Hoang Anh Tuan, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Finance, Vietnam
  • Fu Yuning, Chairman, China Merchants Group
  • Jih-Chu Lee, Chairperson, Bank of Taiwan
  • Robin Li, Chairman, CEO and co-founder, Baidu Inc
  • Carlo Mazzi, Deputy Chairman, Prada S.p.A.
  • Alexey Moiseev, Deputy Minister of Finance, Russia
  • Takehiko Nakao, President, Asian Development Bank
  • Klaus Regling, Managing Director, European Stability Mechanism
  • Tu Guangshao, Executive Vice Mayor, Shanghai
  • Alderman Fiona Woolf, Lord Mayor, City of London
  • Levin Zhu, President and CEO, China International Capital Corporation Ltd

    Workshop Themes
    A series of thematic workshops will also be held. These will examine opportunities ranging from the liberalisation of the mainland’s financial market to private wealth management, captive insurance, Islamic finance, ASEAN, free trade zones, Qianhai, opportunities in natural resources and energy, and Chinese outbound investment. Session summaries will be available at the end of each Forum day on the following web page:

    Delegations of senior executives from Australia, Canada, mainland China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, United Kingdom, and the US are among those taking part in the Forum.

    Financial Matchmaking
    The AFF Deal Flow Matchmaking Session will return, offering one-to-one meetings between investors and businesses looking for investment. Dedicated matching meetings will take place between Chinese corporate investors and international project owners looking for mainland capital.

    A Wealth of Networking
    The Forum’s Networking Lounge will serve as a resource and hospitality centre. This year, the Global Investment Opportunities zone, located inside the lounge, will showcase investment opportunities in a variety of countries, including Australia, Canada, the Philippines, Russia, Spain and the US.

    Following the Forum, AFF participants can visit Qianhai, across the border from Hong Kong. Qianhai is being developed into a modern service industry cooperation zone and testing ground for financial liberalisation. Participants are also welcome to join other events taking place during International Financial Week, which begins 13th January. Financial Week highlights include the Asia Private Equity Forum, the Asia PKI Consortium International Symposium and the annual International Conference on the Chinese Economy. More than 3,000 people are expected to take part in the week-long activities.

    Launched in 2007, the AFF is Asia’s premier annual financial and business event. AFF 2013 drew more than 2,000 business and government leaders from 39 countries and regions. The Forum is organised by the Hong Kong SAR Government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

    Media Enquiries
    The AFF Media Centre will be located in rooms S426-427. For more information, please contact the HKTDC's Corporate Communication Department:

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