(Hong Kong, 23 November 2020) Organised by the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC), the “Foresight 2021” (http://u.hkpc.org/foresight2021-15) was kicked off today by launching the thematic “Foresight Leader Forum” on “How Technologies can Equip SMEs for the New Economies?”. A number of business heavyweights were invited as guest speakers for this large-scale virtual forum, including Dr Victor Fung, Chairman of Fung Group; Professor K C Chan, Chairman of WeLab Bank and Senior Advisor of WeLab; Dr Peter K N Lam, Chairman of Hong Kong Trade Development Council; and Dr Sunny Chai, Chairman of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, joining with Mr Willy Lin, Chairman of HKPC to offer visions on the development trend of re-industrialisation, retail, finance, trading and technology; analysing the business opportunities and new business models arising from new technologies, as well as exploring how SMEs can best utilise them.
At the forum, Mr Willy Lin said, “Hong Kong faced unprecedented business challenges in 2019 and 2020. HKPC has long been standing side by side with local SMEs to counter the adversity with professional services and innovative technologies for upgrading and transformation, also driving new economy with new technologies. Looking ahead, SMEs should grasp three key trends and technologies under the new economy, which include intelligent manufacturing, burnishing the ‘Made in Hong Kong’ brand, and sustainable manufacturing. All help SMEs navigate the economic hardship, maintain operations and enhance market competitiveness. Besides, given the acute talent and technology demands for various business sectors, universities and institutions should gradually introduce more new technology or cross-disciplinary curriculum for the younger generation to climb up the new economic career ladder”.
“In recent years, the Hong Kong Government has been giving prominence to promoting ‘Hong Kong re-industrialisation’ in order to seek new economic growth. HKPC anticipates a rosy prospect for four major industries, namely personal protective equipment (PPE); food and beverage; traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and health products; and smart manufacturing, serving as the first step to revitalise Hong Kong industries. To help enterprises master the future development trend, ‘Foresight 2021’ offers 10 webinars on hot economic topics analysing the future trend, inspiring SMEs to seize the new economy-driven business opportunities,” Mr Lin added.
Starting from 23 to 27 November, “Foresight 2021”, themed “Stay Ahead with Visionary Insight”, draws upon business leaders and academics to shed light on the upcoming trend of enterprise transformation, technology innovation and new economic development in 2021, covering topics related to Re-industrialisation, Digital Commerce, Sustainability and Green Technology, Future Leader Skills, 5G and Internet of Things (IoT). As of today (23 November), close to 8,000 people have registered for this forum free of charge, drawing SMEs and startup professionals together to explore ways to drive Hong Kong’s economy with new technologies. Registration is still open! For detailed programme schedule and registration, please visit http://u.hkpc.org/foresight2021-15.
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