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Thursday, April 12 2018 - 00:34
Asia-Pacific Business Forum 2018: Regional governors and thought leaders gathered to advance digital transformation
HONG KONG, April 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

First held in Hong Kong, Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF) 2018 which ran from 
10 to 11 April, 2018 at Cyberport, was successfully concluded today. Jointly 
organised by Cyberport and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission 
for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APBF aimed at identifying how business 
engagement in achieving inclusive and sustainable development in the 
Asia-Pacific region can be strengthened. With the support from the Innovation 
and Technology Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) 
Government, APBF gathered key industry leaders across the Asia-Pacific region 
to exchange insights along the theme "Harnessing Business to Achieve the 
Sustainable Development Goals through Technology, Innovation and Financing". 
The Forum focused on exploring how private sector-led innovation, technology 
and financing can promote sustainable growth across the region. 

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The Asia-Pacific Business Forum encouraged the formation of important 
connections between regional government officials, industry leaders and 

The two-day agenda was brimming with insights from respected government, 
academic and business leaders alike, including Mr. Mahbubur RAHMAN, President, 
Executive Council of ESCAP Sustainable Business Network, and President of ESCAP 
Sustainable Business Network Executive, Dr. Shamshad AKHTAR, 
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, 
and Mr. Paul CHAN Mo-po, Financial Secretary of the HKSAR. Key executives from 
enterprises like KPMG, Microsoft, HSBC and more were also present to give the 
private sector's perspective on areas such as nurturing the startup ecosystem 
in Asia, smart energy applications, and the impact of artificial intelligence 
in the workforce.

"We have a lot of remarkable industry leaders attending this year's APBF. The 
strong understanding of technology, innovation, sustainability, and working 
relationship between the government and the private sector bodes well for the 
achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Goals and the continued 
prospering of the Asia-Pacific region," said Mr. Mahbubur RAHMAN, President, 
Executive Council of ESCAP Sustainable Business Network.

A cornerstone of the event was the insight of how regional trade development, 
various digital innovations, big data hub facilitation, and redefinition of 
supply chain have been propelling the future of the "Digital Silk Road" 
initiative. As one of the leading digital technology hubs in Asia, Cyberport 
has been spearheading digital transformation in Hong Kong, offering full-range 
incubation support and value-added services to promote collaborations amongst 
enterprises, nurture talents for the industry and foster digital transformation 
that creates new impetus in this new economy era.

"Although Asia-Pacific spans across a myriad of cultures and countries, today's 
digital technologies transcend its geographical boundaries to make what once 
seemed impossible to reality. Cyberport will continue to foster digital 
transformation among Hong Kong companies, leveraging digital technology and the 
"Digital Silk Road" initiative to bring innovation and sustainable development 
to these countries," said Dr. Lee George LAM, Chairman of Hong Kong Cyberport 
Management Company and Vice Chairman of the United Nations Economic and Social 
Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Business Advisory Council.

Dr. Lam was also thankful for the great support from event partners such as BOA 
Financial Group, Chong Sing Holdings FinTech Group Limited, ICBC, EY, Eurasia 
Continental Fintech and many more, whose contribution was indispensable to the 
success of the Forum.

Following the success of APBF is the Internet Economy Summit 2018 which will be 
held from 12 to 13 April at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. 
Co-organized by the HKSAR Government and Cyberport, the Summit will further 
translate insights from APBF into business opportunities and industry 
applications. The Summit, centres on digital economy under the theme "New 
Impetus for the New Economy", will bring together multinational technology 
corporations, internet giants, business leaders, and technology startups to 
share industry trends, strategies and best practice, grasping opportunities 
brought by the new economy.

More event photos of the forum can be downloaded at:

SOURCE Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited