Integration with Distinction: Enhancing Hong Kong’s Role in the Greater Bay Area and its Links with Southeast Asia


The video recording is available on our YouTube channel

Professor Donald Low's Presentation Slides are available here 

Professor Joon Nak Choi's Presentation Slides are available here

David Wong's Presentation Slides are available here

Much of Hong Kong’s current policy focus with respect to the Greater Bay Area has been on deepening integration. But a greater emphasis on policies that strengthen Hong Kong’s distinctiveness and upgrade its links to neighbouring markets will, increasingly, be essential. This is one of the main conclusions of the latest research reports from HKUST’s Institute for Emerging Market Studies. 

In this mixed-mode seminar, Professor Donald Low will first share the key findings of the reports to highlight the key imperatives for Hong Kong to integrate with the Greater Bay Area while maintaining and deepening its distinctiveness. In particular, the city's ability to upgrade its links to the major emerging markets of Southeast Asia will prove vital to its positioning in the Greater Bay Area.  Professor Joon Nak Choi will then present the main insights from interviews with more than 100 small and medium-sized enterprises in Hong Kong to shed light on how GBA’s future development can be powered from the ground up.  David Wong, Head of Greater Bay Area Business Development at Invest Hong Kong, will also offer his insights on the topic.  

Agnes Chan, EY’s Hong Kong and Macau Managing Partner, will give the welcome address while Jasmine Lee, Partner, Financial Services, Chinese In-Bound Business Leader, EY Hong Kong, will moderate the forum.

This event is part of the HKUST IEMS / IPP - EY Emerging Markets Insights Series.  

About the speakers

Donald Low is Director of HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies, Senior Lecturer and Professor of Practice at the HKUST Institute for Public Policy, as well as Director of Leadership and Public Policy Executive Education (LAPP) at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is an accomplished consultant and lecturer in economics and behavioural economics, decision-making and risk analysis, inequality and social policy, complexity in public policy, organisational behaviour, and the politics and governance of Singapore. More >>

Joon Nak Choi holds academic appointments as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Business and Management and as Faculty Associate at the Institute for Emerging Market Studies at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He has previously held appointments at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University as Visiting Assistant Professor and Koret Fellow (2016) and as William J. Perry Postdoctoral Fellow (2010-2016), and has worked in the private sector as a management consultant and entrepreneur. More >> 

David Wong is the Head of Greater Bay Area Business Development team of Invest Hong Kong. He is responsible for, among other things, attracting international companies to set up in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area via Hong Kong through enhancing collaboration with investment promotion agencies of other cities in the region, organising and participating in business events both locally and globally and engaging with stakeholders.  David holds the Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Hong Kong and Bachelor of Business Administration degree from York University, Canada.

To attend the event

This event will be delivered on mixed mode.  Participants are welcomed to attend the event in-person at EY's Hong Kong office or online using Zoom.  

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The event will be recorded. 

The event will also be broadcast live on the Institute's Facebook page.  Please "like" the page to get automatically notified once the broadcast starts. 


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