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HKU Faculty of Business and Economics presents Edward K Y Chen Distinguished Lecture 2015

Publishing Date: 22/10/2015 (Last Update: 22/10/2015)

The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Business and Economics presents the Edward K Y Chen Distinguished Lecture 2015 entitled “Chinese State-Owned Enterprises Meet the New Normal and Internet-Plus Economy”.

You and/or your representatives are cordially invited to attend the Lecture:


October 30, 2015 (Friday)


5:30pm – 7:15pm


Loke Yew Hall, The University of Hong Kong



Keynote Speaker

Mr. Frank Ning

Chairman, COFCO Corporation

Panel Discussants:

Mrs. Laura Cha

Chairman, Financial Services Development Council

Non-official Member, Executive Council of the HKSAR Government


Mr. Peter Wong

Group Managing Director, HSBC Group

Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited


Professor Y C Richard Wong

Professor of Economics,

Philip Wong Kennedy Wong Professor in Political Economy,

The University of Hong Kong


Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) face new challenges following the country’s shift to a new normal of economic development featuring medium-to-high speed growth and emphasising quality, efficiency and innovation. With economic triumphs heard from their private peers against a backcloth of Beijing’s Internet-Plus strategy – an aim to push the Chinese economy to enter a digital age, calls for a complete overhaul of SOEs have never been as rapid now than before. How can China’s state-owned sector cope with challenges and ride on opportunities that the era of reforms and internet brings? With their immense assets at over 100 trillion yuan and employing over 30 million people, will further liberalising and internationalising SOEs become a strong driving force of China’s economic growth? Mr. Frank Ning, Chairman of COFCO Corporation, will share his experience of successfully running SOE giants and his insights into possible strategies SOEs in general could make in response to the changes and opportunities in the Internet-Plus era. Economic and financial heavyweights Mrs. Laura Cha and Mr. Peter Wong will share their views from different perspectives in a panel discussion moderated by Professor Y C Richard Wong that follows.

RSVP and/or Media Enquiries:

Helen Wong

Assistant Director of Communications
HKU Faculty of Business and Economics

Tel: +852 6199 6988 / +852 3917 4311

Johnny Tam

Communications Manager

HKU Faculty of Business and Economics

Tel: +852 3917 4488

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