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Faculty of Business ‒ Belt and Road Centre of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, jointly with International Research Center “One Belt One Road” at al-Farabi Kazakh National University, hosted successfully an international conference entitled “The New Silk Road: Shared Prosperity through Cooperation” in Almaty, Kazakhstan on September 24-26, 2019
On September 24-26, 2019, Faculty of Business ‒ Belt and Road Centre of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, jointly with International Research Center “One Belt One Road” at al-Farabi Kazakh National University, hosted successfully an international conference entitled “The New Silk Road: Shared Prosperity through Cooperation” in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Professor Mukhambetkali Burkitbayev, First Vice-Rector of Al-Farabi Kazakhstan National University and Professor Agnes Cheng, Head of School of Accounting and Finance gave opening remarks on behalf of Al-Farabi Kazakhstan National University and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University respectively. Mr. Mi Guixiong from the Consulate General of the PR China in Almaty presented welcome address. Professor Xinpeng Xu, Director of Faculty of Business ‒ Belt and Road Centre of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University presented Keynote Speech entitled “Infrastructure, Global Value Chain Participation and Economic Development for BRI Economies. The econference brought together academics, experts, representatives of government agencies and business from China, Kazakhstan, other Central Asia countries and Central Europe to discuss issues related to cooperation and development for countries along the New Silk Road.
Professor Xinpeng Xu, Director of the FB-BRC Centre, was invited to present a Public Lecture on capital account liberalization and innovation at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic on April 16, 2019
On April 16, 2019, Professor Xinpeng Xu, Director of the FB-BRC Centre, was invited to present a Public Lecture on capital account liberalization and innovation at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Professor Xu was financially supported by the K.C. Wong Belt and Road Visiting Fellowship.
Professor Xinpeng Xu, Director of the FB-BRC Centre, was invited to present a Public Lecture on comparative economic development at the Jagiellonian University, Poland, one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe on April 9, 2019
On April 9, 2019, Professor Xinpeng Xu, Director of the FB-BRC Centre, was invited to present a Public Lecture on comparative economic development at the Jagiellonian University, Poland, one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe. Professor Xu was financially supported by the K.C. Wong Belt and Road Visiting Fellowship.
The PolyU Faculty of Business – Belt and Road Centre organized the Symposium on Infrastructure Development in South East Asia on 8 April, 2019
The PolyU Faculty of Business – Belt and Road Centre organized the Symposium on Infrastructure Development in South East Asia on 8 April, 2019. This symposium invited experts from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore to share their knowledge and ideas on infrastructure development in these countries. Professor Gu Qinyang from the National University of Singapore shared his thoughts on the role of private sector in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) infrastructure building. He discussed the challenges of developing BRI infrastructure projects and gave policy recommendations for decision makers. Professor Cheng Ming Yu from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman of Malaysia gave an update on the latest status of major BRI projects in Malaysia and also shared with the audience some results based on a recent survey of public opinions. Professor Irwan Ekaputra from Universitas Indonesia discussed the challenges and prospects of infrastructure development in Indonesia. Dr. Liu Chunlin, Chairman of K&C Protective Technologies Pte Ltd, Singapore, gave the audience an introduction to building security and explained the applications of key infrastructure protection techniques with case studies. For more details, please click on the above highlighted hyperlinks to download the speakers’ presentation slides.



我中心举办“一帶一路商業爭端解決與香港的角色” 專題沙龍活動
香港理工大學工商管理學院一帶一路中心與香港城市大學中國法與比較法研究中心於1月24日在香港理工大學共同合辦理大創智匯(Knowledge Transfer Forum)2019年首場專題沙龍活動。研討主題為"一帶一路商業爭端解決與香港的角色"。本場活動邀請到中央人民政府駐香港特別行政區聯絡辦公室(中聯辦)法律部部長劉春華先生,香港仲裁司學會會長、香港和解中心創辦人及前會長蕭詠儀律師太平紳士,國際商會(香港分區) 仲裁和替代性爭議解決委員會主席、洛克律師事務所香港辦事處高級合夥人岑君毅律師,香港城市大學法律學院副院長、中國法與比較法中心主任陳磊教授,香港大學法律學院普通法碩士項目聯席主任顧維遐教授,招商局金融集團總法律顧問佟英女士,和記地產集團有限公司集團法律總監王強義先生,史蒂文生黃律師事務所合夥人、訴訟及爭議解決部門主管律師、香港律師會"一帶一路委員會"委員徐凱怡律師,安勝格道(香港)註冊外國律師蔣謙先生,香港國際仲裁中心副秘書長劉僑先生作為研討嘉賓分享觀點。本場研討會吸引近40行業專家參與。

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Dr. Shaojun Zhang, Associate Professor of the School of Accounting and Finance and Deputy Director of the Faculty of Business – Belt and Road Centre, visited universities and institutions in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia in January 2019 with the financial support under the PolyU K.C. Wong Belt and Road Visiting Fellowship Scheme. He gratefully acknowledges the support by the K.C. Wong Educational Foundation.
Dr. Shaojun Zhang gave two public lectures at the University of Indonesia to present his recent research findings on Jan 10, 2019
On 10 January 2019, Dr. Shaojun Zhang gave two public lectures at the University of Indonesia to present his recent research findings. His first lecture is on the empirical asset pricing factors in Chinese stock markets, and his second lecture is on the customer-supplier relationships and management earnings forecasts. He also attended and gave comments to the presentations of doctoral students’ research proposals. Professor Dr. Irwan Adi Ekaputra, Director of Graduate Program in Management, hosted Dr. Zhang’s visit and discussed future collaboration on academic research and students’ exchange studies.

Dr. Shaojun Zhang gave a public seminar on the development and opportunities in financial markets along the Belt and Road at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Malaysia on Jan 7, 2019
On 7 January 2019, Dr. Shaojun Zhang gave a public seminar on the development and opportunities in financial markets along the Belt and Road at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Malaysia. His lecture covers the background of the Belt and Road Initiative, presents the key features of financial markets along the Belt and Road, and discusses the dual-class share structure and the financing of innovative companies. Professor Dr. Ming-Yu Cheng, Chairperson of the Belt and Road Strategic Research Centre and Director of the Institute of Management and Leadership Development at UTAR, hosted Dr. Zhang’s visit and organized a roundtable meeting to discuss research and education collaboration.


Dr. Zhang also visited TusStar Malaysia, an incubator of high-tech start-up companies. Ms. Mandy Chan and Mr. Victor Sim welcomed Dr. Zhang’s visit and discussed future collaboration on entrepreneurship education and exchange visits of young entrepreneurs between Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Dr. Zhang visited K&C Protective Technologies Pte Ltd (KCPT) in Singapore on Jan 5, 2019
Dr. Zhang also visited K&C Protective Technologies Pte Ltd (KCPT) in Singapore. Dr. Chunlin Liu, the Chairman of KCPT, welcomed Dr. Zhang’s visit and discussed future collaboration on economic modeling and financing of infrastructure protection and management.

Dr. Zhang gave a public lecture on the development and opportunities in financial markets along the Belt and Road, which was organized by the Belt and Road International Business School in Singapore on Jan 3, 2019
On 3 January 2019, Dr. Zhang gave a public lecture on the development and opportunities in financial markets along the Belt and Road, which was organized by the Belt and Road International Business School in Singapore. His lecture consists of four parts. The first part covers the background of the Belt and Road Initiative. The second part presents the key features of financial markets along the Belt and Road and compares them with developed financial markets. The third part is on the dual-class share structure and the financing of innovative companies. The fourth part includes an introduction to financial derivatives and illustrates with real-world examples the potential damage that misuse of financial derivative products can cause. Mr. Jianli Feng, the founding Dean of the Belt and Road International Business School, presented the certificate of appreciation to Dr. Zhang.

Prof. Xinpeng Xu presented a research paper on the Impact of China’s Belt and Road Initiative to the 10th Biennial Conference of the Hong Kong Economic Association (HKEA) held at Xiamen University in Xiamen, China on Dec 15, 2018
On Dec 15, 2018, Prof. Xinpeng Xu, Professor of Economics at the School of Accounting and Finance, Faculty of Business and Director of Faculty of Business – Belt and Road Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, presented a research paper on the Impact of China’s Belt and Road Initiative to the 10th Biennial Conference of the Hong Kong Economic Association (HKEA) held at Xiamen University in Xiamen, China. Using latest available international survey data on soft power and China’s overseas direct investment (ODI) statistics, Prof. Xu’s paper, co-authored with Dr. Voon of Lingnan University, examines if China’s belt and road initiative (BRI), announced at the end of 2013 and commonly perceived as an institution set up by China to build cross-border infrastructure and bolster trade, had increased China’s international image or soft power. Their difference-in-difference analysis based on data over the period 2011 to 2016 shows that the impact of BRI on China’s soft power is stat istically insignificant. The empirical results imply that there are various negative factors at play that might have diluted the expected positive effect accruable from the massive investments across the BRI countries, suggesting that closer micro and macro management of BRI projects may be necessary.
Prof. Xinpeng Xu gave a Keynote Speech at the 3rd Belt and Road Financial and Economic Development Forum held at Xiamen, China on Dec 5, 2018
On Dec 5, 2018, Prof. Xinpeng Xu, Professor of Economics at the School of Accounting and Finance, Faculty of Business and Director of Faculty of Business – Belt and Road Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, was invited to give a Keynote Speech at the 3rd Belt and Road Financial and Economic Development Forum held at Xiamen National Institute of Accounting, Xiamen, China. Prof. Xu spoke on “the Belt and Road Initiative, Soft Power and Risk Management”, providing preliminary empirical evidence on the issue. The public forum attracted more than 200 participants from academia, policy making circle and the industry.
Professor the Honourable Bob Carr gave a public lecture at PolyU on Apr 14, 2018
Professor the Honourable Bob Carr was invited to give a public lecture on the Australia-China Relationships and the Belt and Road Initiative at PolyU. Prof. Carr is a former Foreign Minister of Australia (2012-2013), the longest serving Premier in New South Wales (1995-2005), Professor in International Relations and the Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI), University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Professor Agnes Cheng, Head of the School of Accounting and Finance, gave the welcome remarks at the opening of this public lecture. Professor Carr’s lecture was well-attended by members of the Faculty of Business – Belt and Road Centre, students from the MSc in China Business Studies Programme and the MSC in Business Management Programme, and audience from outside PolyU.
Professor Xinpeng Xu gave a speech on the Belt and Road Initiative at an International Workshop in Australia on Mar 27, 2018
Professor Xinpeng Xu, Professor of Economics at the School of Accounting and Finance, Faculty of Business and Director of Faculty of Business – Belt and Road Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, was invited to give a speech on China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Investment and Soft Power at an international workshop entitled SINO–AUSTRALIA ECONOMIES TOWARD NEW GLOBALIZATION: A MUTUAL LEARNING CURVE at Macquarie University, Australia on March 27, 2018. Prof. Xu was also invited to chair a panel discussion in the same international workshop.
Dr. Shaojun Zhang attended the 2017 Asia Think Tank Summit on Think Tanks, Public Policy and Governance in Singapore on 22-23 Nov 2017
Dr. Shaojun Zhang, Deputy Director of the FB-BRC Centre participated the 2017 Asia Think Tank Summit on "Think Tanks, Public Policy and Governance" that was organized on 22-23 November 2017 by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.
Dr. Shaojun Zhang gave talks at the Symposium on One-Belt-One-Road and Geomatics in Hong Kong in Nov 2017
Dr. Shaojun Zhang, Deputy Director of the FB-BRC Centre, was invited to be a speaker at the Symposium on One-Belt-One-Road and Geomatics in November 2017 organized by the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-informatics, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Prof. Xinpeng Xu was invited to deliver a Public Lecture at Peking University, China on Sep 29, 2017
Prof. Xinpeng Xu, Professor of Economics at the School of Accounting and Finance, Faculty of Business and Director of Faculty of Business – Belt and Road Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, was invited to deliver a Public Lecture at Peking University (China) on comparative economic development entitled “Rice, Institution and The Wealth of Nations: The China Puzzle” on September 29, 2017. In the lecture, Prof. Xu first discussed the literature on why some countries are so rich while others so poor. He then presented a new hypothesis that thousands of years of farming practice has independent and long-lasting effect on the wealth of nations today. Prof. Xu showed that for the whole world sample rice farming is negatively associated with economic development, independent of the effects of geography and institution. However, the case of China presents a puzzle. He showed that empirical results using disaggregated county-level data suggest a different pattern. Finally, Prof. Xu discussed the potential channels of the long-lasting effect, the China puzzle and implications for China’s long-term growth. The Public Lecture was well received, attracting an attendance of more than 200 Peking University professors and students.