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(Left to right) Mr Matthew Cheung Kin Chung, Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong SAR, Mr Joseph Yam, former Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Merlin Swire, Mr Gao Yingxin, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of the Bank of China, and Professor Lawrence Lau, former Vice-Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, at the panel discussion.
(Left to right) Mr Matthew Cheung Kin Chung, Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong SAR, Mr Joseph Yam, former Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Merlin Swire, Mr Gao Yingxin, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of the Bank of China, and Professor Lawrence Lau, former Vice-Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, at the panel discussion.


Swire Pacific Chairman Merlin Swire was guest panellist at a seminar on 29th October marking the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up and envisioning the ways in which Hong Kong will continue to play an important part in China's economic future.

Organised by the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in Hong Kong and The Better Hong Kong Foundation, "China's 40 Years of Reform and Opening Up: Implications for the World and Role of Hong Kong" was attended by more than 300 international delegates, including legislators, diplomats, leading figures from the business world and academics. Keynote speakers included the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR, Mrs Carrie Lam, the former Prime Minister of France, Mr Dominique de Villepin, the former Japanese Prime Minister, Mr Yukio Hatoyama, the former Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Li Zhaoxing and former United States Trade Representative Ms Charlene Barshefsky.

Speaking during a panel discussion at the event Merlin cited HAECO Xiamen as an example of how Hong Kong business savvy and management skill had helped China drive growth in exports of goods and services during the first decades of reform and opening up. But he suggested Hong Kong's future success would depend considerably on the extent to which the development of the Four Flows – of people, capital, goods and information – would allow Hong Kong to integrate its economy more effectively with the Greater Bay Area. He said he believed that the One Country, Two Systems principle under which Hong Kong has been administered since 1997 offers opportunities unparalleled in Hong Kong's 175 year history: "The One Country aspect means that Hong Kong is now part of China's national development planning, and Central Government gives deep thought to the role Hong Kong can play in major national initiatives such as the Greater Bay Area and Belt and Road initiatives, which play to Hong Kong's strengths. And the Two Systems aspect preserves the core advantages that make Hong Kong unique as a business centre: the common law system, independent judiciary, clean and efficient government, a low tax regime, and free flow of capital and information. This powerful combination means Hong Kong need only grasp the opportunity to create a new phase of prosperity."
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