Wall Street chiefs stage return to Hong Kong after city scraps quarantine
高盛(Goldman Sachs)首席执行官苏德巍(David Solomon)、摩根士丹利(Morgan Stanley)首席执行官高闻(James Gorman)和花旗集团(Citigroup)首席执行官范洁恩(Jane Fraser)将出席在香港举行的一个金融论坛，该论坛旨在恢复经历了数年防疫限制政策的香港作为亚洲顶级金融中心的声誉。
Goldman Sachs chief executive David Solomon, Morgan Stanley’s James Gorman and Citigroup’s Jane Fraser will attend a financial forum in Hong Kong designed to restore the city’s reputation as Asia’s top financial hub after years of restrictive coronavirus pandemic policies.
The confirmation of the global bank executives’ attendance from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority on Thursday comes less than a week after Hong Kong scrapped mandatory hotel quarantine for international visitors. Many executives attending the forum will be visiting Hong Kong for the first time since the outbreak of Covid-19 in 2020.
The city’s government hopes that the conference, which coincides with the return of the rugby Sevens tournament next month, will lay the foundation for Hong Kong’s economic revival in wake of the pandemic and a crackdown on pro-democracy protests in 2019.
The Sevens tournament was previously one of the biggest corporate networking events in Asia, but it has been postponed since 2019 because of pandemic restrictions.
“[The CEOs] can see for themselves the resilience and vibrancy that define Hong Kong, and the opportunities that the city offers,” said Hong Kong Monetary Authority chief executive Eddie Yue, describing the executives as “staunch supporters” of the Chinese territory.
“The summit…will underline Hong Kong’s status as an international financial centre,” he added. The HKMA said that the executives are expected to attend in person.
Colm Kelleher, chair of UBS, Jonathan Gray, president of Blackstone, Joseph Bae, co-chief executive of KKR, and Valérie Baudson, chief executive of Amundi, are also among the more than 100 financial executives expected to attend the Global Financial Leaders’ Investment Summit, according to the HKMA.
Rob Kapito, BlackRock’s president, will represent the asset manager. HSBC and Standard Chartered had already confirmed their chief executives would attend the forum.
While authorities hope the November events will reverse the embattled city’s fortunes, businesses warned that there were still too many restrictions in place on incoming travellers, who are barred from entering restaurants and bars for three days after arrival and are subject to mandatory Covid-19 tests. Masks remain compulsory outdoors and social distancing limits apply to public gatherings.
The bank chiefs will share the stage with Hong Kong’s leader John Lee, a former police officer who oversaw the suppression of the 2019 pro-democracy protesters in the city. He has been targeted by sanctions over his role in the crackdown by the US, along with other Hong Kong officials.