• Hong Kong is playing vital role in connecting the growing relationship between Saudi Arabia and Asia, the CEO of the Saudi Tadawul Group, Khalid Al-Hussan
  • Hong Kong has returned to the radar of global investments, says Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd. CEO Bonnie Chan
  • Cathay Pacific Airways is expected to re-launch direct passenger flights between Hong Kong and Riyadh.

Hong Kong:  Hong Kong is playing vital role in connecting the growing relationship between Saudi Arabia and Asia, the CEO of the Saudi Tadawul Group, Khalid Al-Hussan, said that on Thursday while speaking at the first global edition of the Capital Markets Forum, organized by the Saudi Tadawul Group and the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX).

The forum was attended by over 650 business leaders from around the world, including financial leaders, investors and representatives of regulators and enterprises.

Khalid Al-Hussan further said the decision to host the Capital Markets Forum in Hong Kong demonstrates the event would constitute a major bridge for investors from the Saudi Arabia  and Hong Kong, and pave the way for a more integrated system of global capital markets.

“The convergence between Hong Kong’s technological development and the Kingdom’s ambitious economic diversification enables a new era of knowledge exchange and cooperation that extends beyond the capital markets,” he added.

The forum highlights the Hong Kong stock exchange operator’s latest strategy to attract new investors, with the aim to replace stockholders from the United States and Europe who may be deterred from doing business in China at a time of rising geopolitical tensions. Last month, the country’s securities regulator said that it would encourage more companies to hold IPOs in the city.

The forum discusses important investment prospects through global partnerships and the means to exploit investment opportunities in the Kingdom and China, as well as studying future investment portfolios.

Al-Hussan also clarified that during the forum, more than a thousand investors from listed companies and financial industry leaders will gather to explore challenges and prospects in the field of sustainability, innovation, and global investment trends.

For her part, Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd. CEO Bonnie Chan said that she expects large initial public offerings (IPOs) to return to the city with the improvement of basic conditions and the support of Chinese regulators.

 

In her speech during the opening ceremony, she said that the Hong Kong Stock Exchange received more than 100 new listing applications this year, with activity rebounding, especially after the support measures taken by China.

Hong Kong has returned to the radar of global investments, after the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) announced last month that it would facilitate IPOs in Hong Kong by leading Chinese companies. The regulatory body also announced the expansion of the cross-border investment scheme to strengthen the city’s position as an international financial center.

The new measures began to attract money flows into the market, and trading value rose, Chan underlined, which she said created a more favorable environment for companies to launch their IPOs.

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange has had a difficult time in recent years. The faltering Chinese economy and increasing disputes between Beijing and Washington have exhausted investor interest in China-linked stocks.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong Deputy Financial Secretary Michael Wong said in a statement on Thursday that Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia are exploring the creation of an exchange-traded fund (ETF) tracking Hong Kong indices.

He added that the Hong Kong government is currently working with several financial institutions to develop the ETF.

Wong also reaffirmed Hong Kong’s commitment to its partnership with Saudi Arabia, noting that Cathay Pacific Airways is expected to re-launch direct passenger flights between Hong Kong and Riyadh.

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