On 9 December, the DBM Luncheon Forum, in celebration of the UIC New Campus Inauguration, was successfully held at T1-101 and T1-102. The Forum discussed the new business opportunities and challenges arising from the emerging growth of the Guangdong - Hong Kong - Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA). It mainly comprised two parts including the keynote speeches and the Q & A session.

 

The forum attracted more than 170 participants, including not only the UIC staff,  student and alumni, but also the government officials, representatives from the professional accounting bodies of Hong Kong and Zhuhai, members of the DBM Advisory Committee and business experts across various industry sectors.

 

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A wide range of attendees gathered at the Luncheon Forum

 

To start the forum, Vice President of UIC, Prof. Zee Sze Yong, said “The expected completion of the world well-known Hong KongZhuhaiMacao Bridge will probably create a “one hour commuting circle” among the city clusters, and more importantly will give an impetus to rapid and tremendous development of the Guangdong - Hong Kong - Macao GBA. As a key strategic hub for the national One Belt and One Road initiative, the GBA is expected to experience a significant integration of resources, innovation and technology, and legal systems.”

 

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Prof. Zee Sze Yong, Vice President of UIC, gave opening remarks

 

As the first keynote speaker of the Forum, Mr. Chi Tenghui, Director, Financial Service Bureau, Hengqin Free Trade Area, shared with the audience his impressive experience visiting the Tokyo Bay Area, the San Francisco Bay Area and the New York Bay Area as well as his perspective on it. He analyzed that these three world-class bay areas have their own cultural history, distinctive strengths and development strategies which set a good example for China. In spite of the big gap as compared with the economically advanced bay areas, Mr. Chi inspired the Chinese youths to capitalize on the emerging business and career opportunities arising from the GBA with innovative and entrepreneurial spirit to achieve their aspiration as well as help China gain competitive advantage in the booming worldwide bay area economy.

 

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Mr. Chi Tenghui, the keynote speaker, shared his experience and views

 

Another keynote speaker, Mr. Gabriel Wong, Head of China Corporate Finance, One Belt One Road Leader, PwC China, delineated the connection between the GBA concept and the One Belt One Road initiative especially in terms of the infrastructure connectivity. Furthermore, Mr. Wong gave the audience a fresh insight into the synergy plans for the three core cities (i.e. Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen) in the GBA development. The plans including the following three aspects: first, the Port of Guangzhou, the Shenzhen Yantian Port and the Port of Hong Kong should establish clear logistic positioning, reduce internal competition, realise efficient use of resources and achieve synergy; second, the three cities should be empowered to leverage their distinctive strengths (i.e. financial services industry in HK, burgeoning industry in Shenzhen and traditional manufacturing industry in Guangzhou) in a bid to build a worlds’ leading GBA; third, the three cities should complement each other in the financial services.

 

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Mr. Gabriel Wong, the keynote speaker, delivered his speech

 

During the Q & A session, there was active interaction between the audience and forum panels. Regarding the challenges confronting the GBA development, Mr. Chi viewed that the “one country, two systems” policy existing in the GBA may affect the synergy to some degree, however, it would be an advantage if the two legal systems were fully utilized.

 

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Prof. Stella Cho, Dean of UIC DBM, acted as a moderator at the Q & A session

 

At the end of the Forum, Prof. Stella Cho, Dean of UIC Division of Business and Management, delivered closing remarks. She concluded that, different cities in the GBA, ranging from the knowledge-intensive industry belt in the East Coast, the technology-intensive industry belt in the West Coast, and the ecology-driven heavy industry belt along the coast, together with the financial services in HK and the recreation services in Macao, would be soon interconnected in a way that would facilitate efficient exchange on policies formulation, transportation, facilities construction, trade, capital and talents. She added that, despite tremendous opportunities ahead, the GBA would face lots of challenges, including the coordination mechanism and government relationship among different cities, problems arising from massive talent exchange, competition and balance across different zones, and policies in favor of entrepreneurs. Referring to the Framework Agreement on the GBA signed in July 2017, Prof. Cho expressed her anticipation for a cooperative and complementary business and social environment to be created and maintained by a mix of cities and talents in near future. Meanwhile, from the perspective of an experienced educator, she pointed out that education had an irreplaceable role in supporting the GBA development especially in term of the cultivation and integration of young talents. Prof. Cho expressed that UIC would devote greater efforts to advancing liberal arts education with an aim to nurture talented future graduates with international perspectives, and professional knowledge and qualities.

 

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Prof. Stella Cho, Dean of UIC DBM, delivered closing remarks

 

This event is co-organized by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA), Zhuhai Institute of Certified Public Accountants (ZHICPA) and Accounting Society of Zhuhai. There was an exchange souvenir among the organizer and co-organizers.

 

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UIC presented souvenir to HKICPA

 

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UIC presented souvenir to Zhuhai Institute of Certified Public Accountants (ZHICPA), Accounting Society of Zhuhai and Zhuhai Accounting Industry Association