Hong Kong, June 6 (ZXS) -- The 12th Finance Summit and ESG Award Ceremony was held in Hong Kong on June 12. Themed "Building a Green Vision for Hong Kong", the summit brought together over 200 experts and business leaders to discuss the development prospects of Hong Kong's green finance market.

Mr Wong Wai-lun, Deputy Secretary for Finance of the HKSAR Government, said in his speech that the HKSAR Government, financial regulators and the industry have been adopting a multi-pronged strategy to promote the development of green and sustainable finance, providing sound financial infrastructure and huge impetus for corporate ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) projects, and relying on the unique advantages under "one country, two systems" and its status as an international financial centre, guiding international funds to enter the mainland market to match high-quality green projects and contribute to the sustainable development of the country. The HKSAR Government will strive to play a good role as a bridge and seize the huge green opportunities brought by the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

Yao Ka Yan, Co-Chief Operating Officer and Head of Equity Securities of HKEX, said that HKEX hopes to help green start-ups list in Hong Kong through the new listing mechanism of specialised technology companies and enrich the green finance ecosystem in the Hong Kong market. Hong Kong's international regulatory system is in line with international standards and has won the trust of many overseas investors, and at the same time, Hong Kong's rich experience in optimizing market trading mechanisms and a large number of professionals have connected domestic and overseas capital and green projects, which will help Hong Kong develop a green technology and financial center.

The Chairman of the Financial Services Development Council of Hong Kong, Mr Lee Siu Yan, pointed out that in promoting ESG concepts, Hong Kong should not only play a bridging role, but also look for successful methods and indicators around the world, introduce mature technologies to the mainland, and find the best means to help mainland enterprises change. In the future, the Financial Services Development Council and universities of Hong Kong have a lot of room for cooperation in nurturing talents.

The forum was hosted by China Insight, and Man Zhuofei, President and Chief Executive Officer of China Insight Media, said that the development of green finance is the trend of the times, the 14th Five-Year Plan proposes to promote the comprehensive green transformation of economic and social development, and the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region John Lee Ka-chiu also proposed in his Policy Address to develop green and sustainable finance, promoting Hong Kong to become the preferred financing platform for Chinese mainland and overseas governments and green enterprises.

The guests attending the summit also discussed hot topics such as regional cooperation in green finance and opportunities in the carbon market. (End)