There were almost 40 Australians in Hong Kong for the AFF on January 15 and16. The official mission led by Stacey Martin, Expat Advisors Community, had 20 participants across investor migration, funds management, property, tax and business advisory. James Huey brought a group from Eaton Square, as did Joseph Baccheri from Impex Lawyers who were focused on the AFF Deal Flow. A number of VIP’s and locals also joined in the weeks activities program.
With around 3,000 global attendees at the AFF, The Investment Zone saw many come to the Australia stand supported by Austrade including Kelly O’Dwyer, Minister for Financial Services. Her keynote speech covered Australia’s $3 trillion funds management being the largest in Asia, world class regulatory regime and that the Asia Region Funds Passport is on track to commence in the first half of this year.
The Welcome Drinks at the Grand Hyatt set the scene with delegate introductions and objectives and included special guest Murray Davis, NSW Trade and Investment.
We were delighted to be included in a private dinner at the invitation of Deborah Biber, CEO of the Pacific Economic Basin Council (PBEC).The panel discussion included a range of experts providing insights on the Belt and Road Initiative which covers 2/3 of the worlds population.
Following a briefing on the local market covering current opportunities and how to do business in Hong Kong by Sam Guthrie, Austrade and Carolyn Butler, Hong Kong Trust Company we boarded their Junk and continued to network with locals whilst enjoying the harbour lights.
Cultural Consultant Simon Kaiyu Li and AustCham Shenzhen arranged meetings with DJI, the market leaders in drone technology and Rocket Space, to hear about their Corporate Innovation Services.
Afternoon visits to families at home provided a first-hand experience of Chinese lifestyles. There were lots of questions about Australia, particularly migration and children’s education.
Seminars were held showcasing delegates and sponsors at KPMG including StudyLane, an innovative education aggregation platform, HNW migration strategies for Australia and New Zealand, and non-bank lending for new purchases and property developers.
Adam Goern launched “The Milk Road,” a metaphor for growing demand for Australia’s clean and green produce.
For the first time Australia was represented at the Asia Family Office conference delivering panel discussions on education and migration as well as property and agriculture plus doing business in Australia. Victor Jiang, Sapien Ventures, did a keynote presentation on blockchain which was widely reported.
Tony Dormer, Director Tricor ChewandDormers and Ambassador for AustCham Vietnam said: “It was a great event, Stacey. You should be very proud of what you achieved for all of us. As I have said so many times, you must be in it to win it. Next year I expect a lot more Aussies!”
With planning underway for January 2019, we are seeking sponsors and supporters across banking, legal, and other financial and business services. We will also be offering more local delegates places for those doing business in Australia and expats planning their return. For more information and to secure your place next year contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to connect with the delegates to discuss business in Australia you can view their profiles here.