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Event   HKUGA Seminar: Economic Freedom in Hong Kong: An Asset or a Liability?
Place   The Chinese Bankers’ Club, 5/F, South China Bldg, No.1 Windham Street, The Central
Organiser   HKUGA Policy group

Dates and Times
Dates   2012/09/26
Start time   PM 06:30
Close time   PM 09:30


HKUGA Seminar:
Economic Freedom in Hong Kong: An Asset or a Liability?

Speaker: Dr. Kui-Wai Li

Department of Economics and Finance, City University of Hong Kong


Hong Kong is one of the freest economies in the world.  However, now HK faces Democratization of our political system with a potential of higher public expenditure and debt. Also Globalization may need Hong Kong to set laws to protect our domestic Labor. On the other hand, Control and compliance requirements from the OCED and our dependence to the mainland's preferential arrangements and / or policies, such as RMB internalization, etc. may possibly lower our Degree of freedom and autonomy in economic affairs.  Dr. Kui-Wai Li is one of prominent scholars in that issue.


        In his latest book Economic Freedom: Lessons of Hong Kong published in July, Dr. Li has elaborated the economic texture and fabric of a free Hong Kong economy. Being the freest economy in the world, experiences of Hong Kong's economic freedom can serve both as lessons to other emerging economies and as precedence to its own future development. Faced with rapid changes, the contemporary Hong Kong economy is situated in a crossroad, struggling between deepening the past success and venturing into uncharted economic directions. In his talk, Dr. Li will focus on:


1)      Hong Kong's economic freedom with data analysis;

2)      Context and structure of Hong Kong's economic freedom;

3)      Challenges to economic freedom; and

4)      Contemporary economy and future trend.

Additional questions and discussions are welcome in the Q&A session.


Date: 2012/9/26 (Wednesday)

Time: 7:00pm

Venue: The Chinese Bankers' Club, 5/F, South China Bldg, No.1 Windham Street, The Central.


1)      $250 (Members & Invited guest);

2)      $300 (Non-members);

3)      $100 (Student Members)


Afra Li: 9311 4071  ;  Jessica Kong : 2891 0735

To register, please click here.  

P.S. A press briefing at 6:30 will be held by the Speaker himself at the venue from 6:30pm. Interested parties are welcome to sit in.

HKUGA Policy group


Brief Introduction to Speaker:

        Dr. Li received his undergraduate and post-graduate education in the UK and Holland. His research specialty is in the Hong Kong, Mainland China andAsia-Pacific economies. Recently, Dr. Li has researched on globalization and financial crises. He is the author of five books and has published a number of referee journal articles. He has also attended a course in the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and has held visiting positions in Yale University, London University, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), University of Geneva, University of Toronto, University of Tokyo, and Vilnius University in Lithuania. Dr. Li has regularly been interviewed by local and international media on economic issues in Hong Kong, Mainland China and international affairs. Dr. Li has previously served as economic consultant toprivate institutions, international organizations and foreign governments. Working as an associate professor, Dr. Li has for years served as the director of the APEC Study Center at the City University of Hong Kong.

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