China Conference 2016 Highlights

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AmCham Hong Kong 2016 China Conference - “Managing the Transition: Foreign Business in the New China”

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This exceptional half-day event will provide insights on the economic transition happening in China and related hot topics. Take the opportunity to learn from and interact with over 20 different Asia Pacific CEOs of renowned MNCs and China experts about business best practices in today’s China.

Date: September 9, 2016
Time: 8:00am - 2:30pm
Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

Programme Highlights 

Opening Keynote Address by Christopher Johnson, CSIS

Given the high popularity of Mr. Chris Johnson’s opening keynote speech last year and the request by many members to have him again, AmCham is honored and delighted to invite him back this year to share his observations on China’s reforms and the post-election outlook of US-China relations.

Christopher Johnson Sanjeev Chatrath
Senior Adviser and freeman Chair in
China Studies, Center for Strategic and
International Studies
Managing Director
Region Head, Asia
Financial & Risk
Thomson Reuters (Presenter)

Panel I (Plenary): Finding Paths in the New China

As China continues structural adjustments, its economy is evolving into two tracks – declining traditional sectors and booming new sectors, coined by some economists as Old China vs New China. What are the possible trajectories of these economic tracks in the years to come? How should business leaders redefine their strategies in response to the changing China market landscape as well as to new technologies and business models?

Dr. William Fung Kenneth Hitchner
Group Chairman
Li & Fung 
Goldman Sachs Asia Pacific Ex-Japan
Ryan Stork Kevin Sneader
Chairman, Asia Pacific
Chairman, Asia
McKinsey & Company (Moderator)

Panel II: Collaboration & Competition - New Dynamics in Chinese-foreign Business Ties

Chinese firms are creating new roles for themselves as global competitors, customers, suppliers, partners, and investors. What are the top risks and opportunities for foreign businesses when working with Chinese firms, both inside and outside China, in this new paradigm?

Jeanette Chan Dr. Stephan Kothrade
Managing Partner, China Practice
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind,
Wharton & Garrison
President Functions Asia Pacific;
President and Chairman Greater China 
Steve Mullinjer Tom O’Reilly
Regional Leader,
Asia Pacific and the Middle East
Heidrick & Struggles
President, Asia Pacific
Rockwell Automation
Robert Grieves  
Founder, Chairman and CEO
Hamilton Advisors Limited (Moderator)

Panel III:  Hong Kong and the Chinese Financial Reforms

With China’s ongoing financial reforms such as stock connects, QDII2, onshore bonds market opening, Cross-Border Inter-Bank Payment System launching and supporting leapfrogging fin-tech developments, what roles can Hong Kong play in China’s financial liberalization and its aspirations to be more competitive in global financial markets? 

Mark Austen Michael Falcon
Chief Executive Officer
Asia Securities Industry &
Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA)
Chief Executive Officer of Asia Pacific
Global Investment Management
J.P. Morgan Asset Management
James Quinnild Dr. Tao Wang
Financial Services Consulting -
Asia Pacific Leader;
China / HK Consulting COO PwC
Chief China Economist;
Co-head of Asia Economics
UBS Investment Bank
Lisa Jucca  
Editor in Charge, 
Asia Financial Services
Thomson Reuters (Moderator)

Panel IV:  Megacities and Regionalization

What are the opportunities and challenges for foreign businesses in China’s fast-growing megacities and regional city clusters in light of massive infrastructure developments and ongoing transitions in the industrial and services sectors? And what near-term business opportunities are arising from the evolving Hong Kong-PRD megalopolis?

Sean Chiao Lincoln Leong
President, Asia Pacific
MTR Corporation
Ben Way Yan Xuan
Macquarie Group Asia
President, Greater China
Andrew Weir  
Global Chairman of Real Estate and Construction, Regional Senior Partner, Hong Kong; 
Head of Capital Markets, KPMG China, KPMG (Moderator)

Luncheon Keynote Address by Dr. Huang Yiping, Peking University; People’s Bank of China

Dr. Huang will share his deep insights on China’s latest economic growth, as well as the challenges and opportunities amid the economic transition.

Dr. Huang Yiping Malcolm Kay
Professor of Economics 
National School of Development 
Peking University; 
Member of the Monetary Policy
Committee, People’s Bank of China
Stamford American School –
Hong Kong