LIVE: Global Innovation & Technology Forum - South China Morning Post
SCMP, 29 Sep 2020
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has predicted that the year 2020 marks the re-emergence of Asia. For the first time since the 19th century, Asian economies will become larger than the rest of the world in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms.
Despite the economic aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, the International Monetary Fund said emerging Asian economies are the only region with anticipated GDP growth – albeit by a mere 1% – in 2020.
As the region’s focus shifts up a gear to drive the new economy by strengthened interregional cooperation, and targeting technology, human capital and investment to accelerate innovation – Asia is on the path to becoming a new driver of global economic growth. With the opportunities for business and investors to match.
Initiated by the city of Chengdu, the Global Innovation & Technology Forum will focus on this dynamic region. The forum will highlight opportunities for business and investment by expanding the dialogue between leaders from business, government and finance – to nurture innovation, and show how partnerships, and leveraging hubs like Chengdu, Hong Kong and Singapore, can enable Asia to become a driver of the global economy.
Speakers will include C.Y. Leung, Vice Chairman, National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and Former Chief Executive, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Dr Swan Gin Beh, Chairman, Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), Singapore Government; Mr Bernard Charnwut Chan, Convenor of Hong Kong's Executive Council; Dr Victor Fung, Group Chairman, Fung Group; Prof Lily Kong, President, Singapore Management University; Mr Kay-Mok Ku, Managing Partner, Southeast Asia, Gobi Partners; Mr Lucas Ngoo, Co-founder, Carousell; Mr Albert Wong Hak-keung, CEO, HKSTP - Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation; and Prof Xiang Zhang, President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Hong Kong.
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