Spotlight on African and Asian Opportunities - Hong Kong Business and Legal Summit
On May 23, 2019, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) held its second biennial Hong Kong Business and Legal Summit with a focus on Africa. Organised in collaboration with the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organisation (AALCO), the Summit brought together more than 50 business leaders and legal experts to discuss opportunities and challenges of investing in Africa. The summit organised was into five main panel sessions with sixteen invited speakers. In view of exponential Asian foreign investment in Africa, this Summit was a timely forum for navigating future directions of Asia-Africa economic partnerships and arbitration.
Adopting a Davos-style format, speakers made five-minute introductions followed by panel discussions and questions from the audience. Moderated by Ms. Kiran Sanghera, this aided a very lively, open and interactive debate. Panel discussions were extremely diverse focusing on Asia-Africa FDI trends, case studies of Chinese investments in Africa, project finance, and risk mitigation...
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Written by Ms. Olaoye Kehinde Folake, a doctoral researcher focusing on international investment arbitration and foreign investment law in Africa at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.