【Belt and Road Summit (11 and 12 September)】
The Belt and Road Summit jointly organised by the Government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council was held on 11 and 12 September. It is an annual event and serves as an international platform for promoting business collaboration along the Belt and Road. The Law Society is an active supporting organisation of this event. In addition to maintaining a booth at the Exhibition to answer enquiries that international visitors may have on the legal services support for business investors in Hong Kong, our Immediate Past President, Mr Thomas So, also participated as a speaker at the Plenary Session titled “Collaboration in Greater Bay Area for Belt and Road Success” to share his insights from the perspective of professional service providers in Hong Kong and how the legal profession can contribute to the strengthening of Hong Kong’s role in the development of both the Greater Bay Area and the Belt and Road. Innovation and technology are regarded as the main drivers of the development of both initiatives. The distinguished Panel shared their views on the potential opportunities that the application of innovative technologies to the vast consumer market in the Greater Bay Area and the Belt and Road region could bring to various business sectors. To support these increasing business activities, a wide range of legal services will be in demand and Hong Kong’s diverse legal talent will play an important role in providing such support.
President also took the opportunity to speak at the Summit’s Open Forum to introduce the roles of Hong Kong and the legal profession under the Belt and Road Initiative, and what the Law Society has been doing for our members to maximise the opportunities arising from the Initiative. Concurrently, Vice-President Mr Amirali Nasir also spoke at the HKTDC’s Belt and Road Global Forum Annual Roundtable and discussed the role that legal sector play in infrastructure projects along the Belt and Road, such as legal risk mitigation; and the role of Hong Kong as an international arbitration platform.
Melissa K. Pang
(Information from The Law Society of Hong Kong)