HKU Business School Unveils ‘Hong Kong Economic Policy Green Paper 2024’: Outlining Strategies in Eight Key Areas to Accelerate Hong Kong’s Economic Growth
HKU Business School today announced the "Hong Kong Economic Policy Green Paper 2024" ("Green Paper"). The Green Paper was prepared by HKU faculty members, researchers and other internationally renowned scholars, who have conducted in-depth policy analysis and proposed recommendations for various pressing issues in Hong Kong.
10 Jan 2024
2024 marks the fifth anniversary of the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. However, given the weak consumption, the trend of "Going North", the sluggish performance of the stock and real estate markets and the geopolitical elements, Hong Kong's economy has been struggling. What could be the possible solutions?
23 Feb 2024
Can the Greater Bay Area lure foreign investors? Beijing wants Hong Kong to draw international capital into region, but global firms still hazy about benefits
Feb 18 marks the 5th anniversary of China's ambitious plan to transform the Greater Bay Area into a leading tech hub by 2035. Yet, has the region made progress as intended? Is Hong Kong fulfilling its role in attracting foreign investors? Prof. Heiwai Tang, Associate Dean of HKU Business School and Director of Asia Global Institute, shared his insights with South China Morning Post SCMP and mentioned that global geopolitical tensions, especially during the US election years and Beijing's ambitious policies to restructure certain industries in recent years have created uncertainty for Hong Kong and China's economic growth. Though significant progress has been made in collaboration within the bay area, especially in green technology, finance, and overall innovation as emphasised by Financial Secretary Mr. Paul Chan Mo-po, other interviewees indicated that it takes time for Hong Kong to fully promote the favourable benefits of investing here, i.e. investors can enjoy the economic advantages of the bay area as a whole.
21 Feb 2024
Chen Zhiwu, chair professor of finance at the University of Hong Kong, compared China’s new housing strategy to the way Beijing uses its so-called “national team” of state funds to buy equities to try to prop up the depressed stock market. Such efforts have often failed to sustainably bolster the market. Using government money to buy up distressed real estate would be no different, he said, given the country’s demographic challenges and supply glut. Government interventions could also raise uncomfortable questions about social fairness, he said. Buying properties from existing homeowners or developers when the market is weak would amount to using national resources to subsidize owners who have the flexibility to sell, when others don’t, he said. “It turns into an issue of wealth distribution,” he said. “Not everyone in China owns multiple apartments, nor are they ready to sell.”
19 Feb 2024
Chen Zhiwu, chair professor of finance at the University of Hong Kong, said “The biggest deflation factor is the high sense of insecurity among businesspeople, private firms and officials”. He said “No one feels really secure about tomorrow.”
14 Feb 2024
1 Feb 2024
Chen Zhiwu, chair professor of finance at the University of Hong Kong, said restoring confidence would be key, but that it would take much more than just talk. “The really useful and meaningful way to boost household and private business confidence is to depoliticise both economic policymaking and the business sector,” he said. “Otherwise, the ‘3D’ challenges – deflation, debt and deleveraging – will continue.”
17 Jan 2024