Trade and Logistics in the Greater Bay Area: What Does the Future Hold?

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Trade and Logistics in the Greater Bay Area: What Does the Future Hold?

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Since the launch of China’s opening-up and reform programme 40 years ago, the GBA has grown to become one of the world’s leading export-manufacturing regions. The area is the world’s fourth largest exporter, with a long-established network of transport and shipping infrastructure able to ship goods efficiently to destinations around the globe.

What are the biggest barriers to the free movement of goods within the region at the moment, and what are some potential solutions to these? Will this disruption be universally well received by all? Is a totally free movement of goods across the Greater Bay region achievable, and desirable?

Join us to hear our expert panel discuss the impact of a more integrated Greater Bay region on the trade and logistics sector, and the real business opportunities to those working in that field.


About the speakers

Julian Vella is the Asia Pacific Regional Leader for KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Practice and is a member of KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Leadership team.  Julian also previously developed and led KPMG Australia’s infrastructure practice and was a Board member of KPMG Australia for 6 years.

Julian was also a member of the Infrastructure Finance Working Group which reported to the Australian Federal Government on Infrastructure Finance and Funding Reform in 2012. Many of the Group’s recommendations have since been adopted by government.

In his current role, Julian travels widely throughout Asia Pacific working with governments and the private sector to develop and advise on infrastructure programs, projects and assets. He is an active public speaker on a range of aspects associated with infrastructure.


Vivien Lau oversees the commercial and business development strategies in her role as Executive Director of Hactl. She is also the Managing Director of Hacis – a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hactl, which provides integrated logistics support services.

Hactl is one of the world’s leading air cargo terminals providing services to import, export and transshipment of air cargo in Hong Kong. Hacis provides value-added logistics services including cross-border road feeder services in Southern China.

Vivien first joined parent company the Jardine Matheson Group as an Executive Trainee since 2000, and has held various managerial positions. She has worked in aviation-related business over 12 years, including ground handling services, air cargo and logistics. 


Vina Cheung is responsible for global RMB business development and connecting international business to opportunities arising from Belt and Road Initiative and China reforms.  She is the subject matter expert on the latest development for both corporates and institutions, in the changing landscape of global treasury and cash management involving RMB, China and China’s integration with the global economy and financial system.

In addition to her RMBI remit, Vina also leads up the product management teams in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.   Her strategic mindset, global exposure, and product knowledge enable both local and global products/solutions delivery across these markets and connect clients to HSBC network and the latest financial technology led opportunities. 

Vina has been with the HSBC Global Liquidity and Cash Management team for over fourteen years and worked in various roles spanning from sales to product management in Singapore and Hong Kong. 


John Liu is Senior Vice President Business Development in HSBC Hong Kong’s Global Trade and Receivables Finance, helping China Corporates (including State-owned Enterprises, large Private-owned Enterprises) doing trade business/obtaining trade finance in Hong Kong. John is the China Champion for the trade business development.

John has 14 years’ banking experience in both trade finance and corporate banking. John worked in Guangdong (mainly HSBC Shenzhen) for 6 years and in HSBC Hong Kong for another 6 years, thus has accumulated in-depth understanding of trade in Guangdong market as well as Hong Kong market, both of which are the key parts of the Greater Bay Area. John holds an MBA from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and passed the exam of Certified Documentary Credit Specialist.


About the moderator

Dr Jonathan Beard is an Executive Director and Asia Head of Business Advisory; and Transportation and Logistics consultancy for Arcadis.  He also co-chairs the Company’s “Belt Road Alliance” for Infrastructure Advisory Services.

Jonathan has advised on transportation policy and related infrastructure development in over 25 countries.  His expertise covers strategic master-plans, national blueprints, PPPs, transaction advisory, competition and regulation across all transport modes. He has consulted on major logistics transactions for China Merchants, Goodman, Navis and HPH, and directed the master-planning for some of the world’s largest and most successful ports, including Klang, Hong Kong and Shanghai. 

Jonathan has been resident in Hong Kong for over 18 years and has led advisory studies on regulation of the MTR and franchised buses, assessments of the Hong Kong Zhuhai Macau Bridge, cross-border ferries, high speed rail, Maglev, Hong Kong Port and airport development, and innovative mobility solutions such as Hyperloop.


This event is hosted by Andrew Seaton. Ticket includes a full hot English breakfast buffet.

Please note that Business Attire is required by the Hong Kong Club - collared shirts must be worn by men, and jeans, sandals and sports shoes are not permitted. To see the full list of club rules on dresscode, please click here.

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Trade and Logistics in the Greater Bay Area: What Does the Future Hold? 

Tue, December 11, 2018
08:00 AM - 09:30 AM

Julian Vella, AsPAC Regional Head - Global Infrastructure Advisory and Co-Head of China Infrastructure, KPMG

Vivien Lau, Executive Director, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) and Managing Director, Hong Kong Air Cargo Industry Services Limited (Hacis)


Vina Cheung, Global Head of RMB Internationalisation & Head of Product Management, North Asia, Global Liquidity and Cash Management, Asia-Pacific, HSBC

John Liu, Senior Vice President Business Development, Global Trade and Receivables Finance, HSBC


Moderated by Dr Jonathan Beard, Executive Director and Asia Head of Business Advisory; and Transportation and Logistics consultancy, Arcadis


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