International Finance Week in Hong Kong saw around 40 delegates from Australia attend the Asian Financial Forum (AFF), the Asian Private Equity Forum and the Family Office Solutions Showcase.
The official delegation, let by Stacey Martin, Expat Advisors Community and AustCham Hong Kong member, was delighted to lead the official mission on behalf of Hong Kong Trade and Development Council (HKTDC) the organisers of the conference which attracted 3,000 delegates from around the world.
Kelly O’Dwyer, Australian Minister for Financial Services, was amongst the world leaders sharing their views on Day 1. A follow-up interview at the Invest in Australia stand with Consulate General Michaela Browning discussed the progress and impact of the Regional Funds Passport.
In addition, Adam Goern, who’s business matching platform was trialed at last year’s AFF, launched “The Milk Road” as a metaphor for the growing demand for Australia’s clean and green produce.
The weeks activities included Welcome drinks at the Grand Hyatt Waterfall Bar, with VIPs including Murray Davis, NSW Trade Commissioner. A briefing by Sam Guthrie, Austrade and Carolyn Butler, Hong Kong Trust Company was followed by a relaxing Junk Cruise.
This year was the first time Australia was represented at the Family Office Solutions Showcase with panel discussions from delegates and sponsors plus a keynote by Victor Jiang of Sapien Ventures which was widely reported. Delegates also showcased their services including investor migration, education, Australian property and agriculture to the local market, sponsored by KPMG (thanks Darren Bowdern).
Tony Dormer, Director Tricor ChewandDormers and Ambassador for AustCham Vietnam, a second time participant in Ms. Martins mission, highlighted the comradery of other delegates and the tremendous value from the additional activities. Those interested in joining next year’s delegation or providing event support can express their interest here.
For more highlights and to view the delegate profiles click here.