Delivering Tomorrow’s Cities Together: The Potential of Hong Kong at the Water’s Edge


AECOM-Asia Society Imagine 2060 Series

Afternoon Discussion
Registration 4:45pm
Discussions 5:00pm
Drinks Reception 7:30pm

Close 8:00pm

Hong Kong is one of the world’s most iconic waterfront cities, with its Victoria Harbor known and admired all over the world. Over the years, the city’s waterfront has undergone major transformations to meet its evolving development needs, with the latest harbor front makeover part of a HK $12 billion initiative, paving the way for enhanced economic development. The Greater Bay Area initiative, announced by the Chinese Government in early 2017, could further boost Hong Kong’s economy through greater integration with neighboring cities in the Pearl River Delta.

The forum will discuss Hong Kong’s latest waterfront transformation plans and the vision for Hong Kong as a waterfront city by 2060 while highlighting the transformations other waterfront cities have undertaken. The discussion will also touch on the impact of the Greater Bay Area initiative on Hong Kong’s future economic growth.

Learn more about the global initiative of Imagine 2060

Special Remarks

  • Mr. Xie Feng, Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in the Hong Kong S.A.R.
  • E.S.M. Goh Chok TongEmeritus Senior Minister of the Republic of Singapore

Panel I | Hong Kong and Global Waterfront Cities’ Trends

How are the economic and social vision for the waterfront defining the future role and global competitiveness of five of the world’s iconic cities, and what are the implications for Hong Kong and its crown jewel, Victoria Harbor? In the last few decades, the city has undergone several rounds of transformation to meet its evolving development needs, with a myriad of changes to its waterfront. The latest harbor front makeover is part of a HK$12 billion initiative, with plans for new buildings, including office space and a hotel, and the Central-Wan Chai bypass. The session looks at the lessons learned from the transformations undertaken by other waterfront cities and delves into the prospects and challenges that arise from continued transformation of Hong Kong as a waterfront city, and the vision for Hong Kong by 2060.

  • Mr. Nicholas Brooke, Chairman, Harbourfront Commission
  • Mr. John Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific, Urban Land Institute
  • Ms. Doris Ho, Chair, Asia Society Philippines Foundation
  • Mr. Chris Ward, Executive Vice-President & Regional Executive, New York, AECOM
  • Mr. Sylvester Wong, Vice President, Strategies and Development, Buildings and Places, Asia, AECOM (moderator)

Panel II | Hong Kong and The Greater Bay Area Initiative

In his 2017 government work report, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang formally announced that the Central Government will draw up a plan for the development of a city cluster in southern China, named the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, an upgrade from previous regional development initiatives. The intent is to give full play to the distinctive strengths of Hong Kong, and elevate its status in China’s economic development and the global economy. With the new regional plan given the green light, further economic and infrastructure developments are to be expected. The session explores how the plan will impact Hong Kong as a waterfront city, and accelerate its economic growth and diversification.

  • Mr. Donald Choi, Managing Director, Nan Fung Development
  • Ms. Phyllis Li, Deputy Director of Planning/ Territorial, Hong Kong S.A.R. Government
  • Mr. Ben Simpfendorfer, Founder and CEO, Silk Road Associates
  • Prof. Anthony Yeh, Chair Professor, Urban Planning and Design Department, University of Hong Kong
  • Mr. Ronnie C. Chan, Co-Chair, Asia Society (moderator)



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Event Details

Mon 25 Sep 2017
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty
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