I was honor to be invited as VIP represented Hong Kong Society for Quality to attend Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency (HKQAA) Green Finance Certification Scheme Presentation Ceremony cum Forum 2019 on 25th Mar 2019. Green Finance is a strategic tool for promoting the economic development and regional cooperation in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and along the Belt and Road. In keeping with the development of the national Green Finance policy and being supported by the Hong Kong SAR Government, HKQAA has taken the lead to develop the Green Finance Certification Scheme to provide third-party conformity assessments for Green Finance issuers since 2016. Before the ceremony, I met many HKQAA friends and we took some photos for memory.
Photo with Mr. Wong Ka Wo, Simon (Deputy Chairman, HKQAA), Mr. Bryne Pang and Ms. Bess Choi.
Photo with Mr. Calvin Luk, Ms. Bess Choi and Mr. Edmond Fung.
Photo with Mr. Adams Wong
Photo with Ms. Meico Cheong
I met cohort of CityU Eminence Society Dr. Wilson Chan (Associate Director of MBA Programme, CityU) and he was one of panelists in the forum.
I also met my teacher Dr. CN Ng (Associate Professor, Dept. of Geography, HKU) during my study HD and MPhil.
Before the event start, I visit the HKEX Exhibition Hall.
Today’s Hang Seng Index was observed.
In the beginning, Ir Dr Hon Lo Wai Kwok (Chairman of HKQAA) gave the welcoming remarks. He said green finance was also acting as a strategic tools for promoting economic development and regional cooperation in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and along the Belt and Road.
The Hon Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, GBM, GBS, JP, (The Acting Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) gave the opening remarks. He said that Hong Kong government placed a high priority on developing the economy on a sustainable basis and on becoming a regional hub for green finance.
Then group photos were taken.
(Left: Mr. Wong Ka Wo, Simon, Mr Wong Kam-sing (Secretary for the Environment), Ir C S Ho, The Hon Matthew Cheung Kin-chung (The Acting CE, HKSAR), Ir Dr Hon Lo Wai Kwok, Mr James Henry Lau (Secretary for Financial) and Dr Michael P H Lam)
Then HKQAA board members with guests took a group photo
The first speaker was Dr. Nigel H Croft (Chairman of ISO Technology Subcommittee (ISO/TC 176/SC2); Associate Technical Director of HKQAA) using video presentation and his topic was “ISO 14030 – The Upcoming First ISO Standard for Green Bonds). Firstly, Dr. Nigel Croft introduced HKQAA achievements such as accredited by Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (2011), Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index (2014), Observer of Green Bond Principles under International Capital Market Association (ICMA) (2018) and Approved Verifier under Climate Bonds Standard (2018).