Jointly organised by the HKSAR Government, Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Hong Kong Design Centre, BIP Asia Forum bought IP professionals and business leaders from all over the world to discuss the latest developments in the IP world, and explored business collaboration opportunities. The seventh edition of the Forum was held on 7-8 December 2017 with great success, featuring over 80 prominent speakers sharing their insights and attracted more than 2,500 IP professionals and industry leaders to attend. The next edition will return on 6-7 December 2018. Mark your diary now!
The annual forum gathered world-class IP authorities, innovators from international brands and many high-proﬁle leaders for groundbreaking discussions on the global IP infrastructure as well as trading opportunities and challenges facing the business world.
The BIP Asia exhibition stageed alongside the main forum, bought together IP practitioners from different sectors and countries. In 2017, more than 90 exhibitors joined the exhibition, including the World Intellectual Property Organization as well as large international technology corporations, IP service providers, top-tier research centers and universities. Forum participants could ride on the one-stop consultation services at the exhibition zone to know more about technology transfer, commercialisation, and various IP aspects such as patent and trade mark applications, licensing, trade and legal issues.
Following its success last year, the BIP Exhibition was staged again in 2018, offered an ideal platform to promote the products and services to over 2,500 participants from all over the world.
The Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards is the region's largest and most prestigious
awards for entrepreneurs, and is now organized annually in 14 countries and markets across Asia.
The Awards is organized by Enterprise Asia, the leading regional non-governmental organization for entrepreneurship, with the objective to promote the importance of entrepreneurship among the general public, and in turn, stimulate the growth of local and regional brands and enterprises both locally and internationally.
The Awards was set to be a grand event with true entrepreneurs of the highest quality
celebrating successful entrepreneurship together. Major local and international media have beeninvited to cover the event.
Some of the Past Winners from Hong Kong included:
- Ms. Angela Leong On Kei, Managing Director, Sociedade De Jogos De Macau, SA
- Mr. Hui Wing Mau, Chairman and Executive Director, Shimao Group
- Ms. Joyce Tsang, Chairlady & CEO, Modern Beauty Salon Holdings Limited
- Mr. Hon Kwok Lung, Chairman, Citychamp Watch & Jewellery Group Limited
- Dr. Eleanor Kwok, Vice-Chairman, Sa Sa International Holdings Limited
When people think of sustainability themes, they often focus on the environmental consequences of corporate activities. Increasingly the spotlight is on the social and human rights implications of business activities nowadays.
In this panel session, we were bringing together some experts in the field who highlighted the relevance of this issue for all companies, to explore global supply chain considerations, and to share their thoughts on what effects our business activities are having on the human rights of the people we impact.
Co-organised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the Belt and Road Summit bringed together senior government officials, representatives of international institutions, business leaders and industry experts from countries along and beyond the Belt and Road to exchange views on multilateral co-operation and explore new business opportunities arising from the Belt and Road Initiative.
This full-day event included a high-level symposium in the morning, a keynote luncheon and afternoon discussion panels. Programme highlights included dialogues between policymakers of related economies, panels featuring top-notch business leaders from round the world, a networking session, in-depth discussion on Hong Kong??s cooperation with ASEAN etc.
For decades, the HKSAR Government has been providing support to the promotion of international dispute resolution services including arbitration and mediation in the Asia-Pacific region. The recently concluded HK-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement and a related Investment Agreement attach great importance to using HK's top quality professional services as a stepping stone to seize the vast opportunities in the Mainland market, thus fostering closer collaboration with ASEAN as a whole and with each of its members.
In this talk, Dr. Ong introduced the history and differences in the laws of the ten ASEAN countries and how their respective legal systems operate. He provided an overview starting from the establishment of ASEAN up to the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community. He examined the legal structure of the ASEAN supranational body as well as the ASEAN-PRC Agreement on Dispute Settlement Mechanism of the Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Co-Operation (Vientiane 2004). He also discussed the Belt and Road Initiative and the Guangdong - Hong Kong - Macao Bay Area Development as well as important cultural differences that exist in international arbitration between parties from different legal traditions.
Dr. Ong explored how Hong Kong's unique arrangements with the Mainland could help bridge such cultural differences and allow it to serve as an ideal neutral seat of arbitration to host commercial disputes that can arise between PRC parties and parties from countries along the Belt and Road routes.