Nobel laureate to headline geopolitical summit in SAR

Nobel Prize winner David Kornberg will be among 200 scholars and experts who will attend a geopolitical summit next month in Hong Kong.

The Global Prosperity Summit – organized by Savantas Policy Institute, founded by Executive Council convener Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee – is set at the Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel from May 13 to 15.

It will discuss issues that include globalization, risks of pan-securitization and its impact on development, scientific and technological cooperation and the future of humanity, competition among great powers and peaceful coexistence, and climate change and sustainable development.

Structural biologist Kornberg, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2006, will be a keynote speaker on scientific technology and the future of humans.

Ip said with Article 23 concluding its “soft landing” in Hong Kong and international communities focused on the city’s economy, now is a good turning point to maximize the value of the city as an intermediary and a platform for exchanges between different stakeholders in China and abroad.

She added that none of the international guests expressed concerns about the enactment of Article 23, and hopes that the “groundbreaking project” will help clear any misunderstandings about Hong Kong and China.

“Given Hong Kong’s unique advantage of strong support from China and close connections with the world, the summit is well-positioned to leverage the city’s extensive network and relationships built over the years and across many sectors, to promote friendship and build common ground,” she said.

“With GPS 24, we hope to enhance Hong Kong’s function as a hub for international exchange so that the city can play a pivotal role on the world stage.”

She admitted that a middleman had introduced to her American economist Stephen Roach – who in February penned an opinion piece for the Financial Times newspaper saying “Hong Kong is over”

Ip said she was not inviting Roach as he lacked in-depth knowledge of Hong Kong.

Other guests include economists Steve Hanke, Michael Spence, retired senior US diplomat Susan Thornton, former Unesco director-general Irina Bokova and Yang Jiemian, of the Academic Advisory Council of the Shanghai Institute for International Studies.

Local government officials, including Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry Sun Dong, Secretary for Environment and Ecology Tse Chin-wan and members of the Chief Executive’s Policy Unit, are also invited.

The summit will feature a Young Leaders’ Forum that aims to bring entrepreneurs from across Asia to brainstorm the region’s economic future.

Ip said sponsorships from hotels and airlines have been secured.


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