Lingnan University and Smart City Consortium co-organise conference to promote Fintech in Hong Kong
02 Nov 2017
To raise the awareness of financial technology (Fintech) among the general public and enterprises in Hong Kong, facilitate the healthy development of Fintech ecosystem in the city and promote it as a Fintech hub in Asia, the Executive eCommerce and FinTech Conference, co-organised by Lingnan University and the Smart City Consortium, was held today (2 November) at the Zero Carbon Building.
The Conference provides an ample opportunity for senior executives of enterprises to learn about the latest development of Fintech in Hong Kong and how it affects their ways of doing business. It provides an interactive information platform to exchange knowledge and ideas of Fintech among key stakeholders, industry players, authorities and research bodies of Hong Kong. The event also serves as an initiator and knowledge transfer collaborator of Fintech industry research, application and solution development.
The occasion was honoured by the presence of Dr David Chung Wai-keung, Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government as guest of honour. The Conference, with presentations by speakers who are senior executives, industry professionals and academics, focused on the needs of Hong Kong enterprises in the emerging Fintech market, and explored emerging Fintech technologies in e-payments, big data analytics, e-ID, e-Cheques, virtual currency, block-chain, e-Commerce, cyber security and its development potential in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area.
Prof Joshua Mok Ka-ho, Vice-President of Lingnan University, in his welcoming remarks, pointed out that appreciating the success of advancing technology would require multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach in higher education and research. “Lingnan University, being a leading liberal arts university in Asia, is well positioned to offer a broad based education with regional and international perspectives for our students. Fostering deep collaboration between humanities and technology has long been the mission of Lingnan University,” said Prof Mok.
Taking the opportunity of this Conference, Lingnan University and the Smart City Consortium signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen their collaboration in promoting and establishing Hong Kong as a Smart City.
Dr Winnie Tang Shuk-ming, Honorary President of the Smart City Consortium pointed out in her remarks that the Smart City Consortium has been formed since March last year to connect with professionals from all walks of life to provide opinions and suggestions to the Government from formulating related policies and standards to the development of Hong Kong as a world class smart city. It also encourages worldwide collaboration with different stakeholders to create the right ecosystem which foster increasing and sustainable economic growth for Hong Kong. “We are very excited today that Lingnan University is going to sign an MOU with us and to further strengthen our cooperation in the future,” said Dr Tang.
The MOU covered collaborations in the areas of joint application for funding to facilitate related research projects, organising events such as local and international conferences, seminars and symposium to promote Hong Kong’s status as a Smart City, enhancing internship and employment opportunities for students of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and designing professional training for industry executives. The MOU was signed by Prof Joshua Mok Ka-ho, Vice-President of Lingnan University and Mr Eric Yeung, President of the Smart City Consortium.
The conference was supported by organisations and enterprises including the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Certizen, Asian Institute of Intelligent Buildings, The Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong, Deloitte, Federation of Hong Kong Industries, Hong Kong Netrepreneurs Association, Institute of Financial Technologists of Asia, IngDan, NexusGuard, The Hong Kong General Chamber of Small and Medium Business, Hong Kong PKI Forum, SME Global Alliance, WSP and Zero Carbon Building.