Asian Financial Forum 2024 to Be a Beacon of Finance in Turbulent Times

Asian Financial Forum 2024 to Be a Beacon of Finance in Turbulent Times

by December 6, 2023

The financial epicentre of Asia is poised to resonate once again with the vibrant synergy of leaders, innovators, and visionaries at the 17th iteration of the Asian Financial Forum (AFF), returning to the bustling cityscape of Hong Kong on the 24th and 25th of January, 2024.

Jointly organised by the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the 2024 edition of the Asian Financial Forum will continue to build upon its previous editions and set new milestone in bringing discussions from as Asian perspective at the start of 2024.

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A Retrospective: The 2023 Forum’s Unparalleled Confluence

The Asian Financial Forum of 2023 was staged on a positive note under the theme of ‘Accelerating Transformation: Impact . Inclusion . Innovation’. Spread over two days in January 2023, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre opened its doors to an assembly of over 2,500 on-site attendees, complemented by an impressive cadre of 4,500 virtual participants hailing from more than 70 countries and regions.

This grand forum of thought leadership highlighted the imperative roles of market intelligence, financial innovation, and the bridging of professional networks. With a staggering attendance where three-quarters were CEOs and senior decisionmakers, the event served as a crucible for policy shaping and strategy development.

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Unveiling Financial Frontiers: Key Themes and Dialogues

Over 40 discussion sessions captivated the audience with insights into the arenas of Global Economy & Policymaking, Asia-led Multilateralism, Asset & Wealth Management, and the burgeoning field of Insurance Innovation. The thematic pillars of Impact, Inclusion, and Innovation were meticulously addressed, with a keen focus on pressing issues such as environmental sustainability, social governance, and technological advancements in the financial industry.

Timely and critical themes including environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria, net-zero climate initiatives, gender empowerment, capital market inclusion, and the frontier technologies of Banking 5.0, virtual assets, and Web3 were thoroughly explored, highlighting the forum’s commitment to depth and diversity in content.

The Fintech Showcase: A Hub of Technological Prowess

The Fintech Showcase, alongside the InnoVenture Salon, the FintechHK Start-up Salon, and the Global Investment Zone, stood as a testament to the forum’s visionary ethos, housing more than 120 institutions from various sectors, all at the forefront of the technological revolution and global investment opportunities.

These included heavyweight financial institutions, agile tech companies, forward-thinking startups, and dynamic investment agencies, all converging to unveil the potentials of tomorrow’s markets.

The InnoVenture Salon epitomised the forum’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs. Over 70 international venture capital firms, accelerators, and institutional collaborators came together, engaging in more than 80 e-pitching sessions designed to empower startups with essential mentorship and growth capital.

Cultivating Tomorrow’s Innovators

Parallelly, the FintechHK Start-up Salon emerged as a crucible for innovation. Here, a dozen start-ups had the opportunity to showcase their novel technologies to an audience of potential investors and users, marking a leap towards the next chapter of fintech evolution.

“This is our second time at AFF’s FinTech HK Start-up Salon and the first time for us to experience the physical format AFF provides an excellent opportunity for us to meet with key decisionmakers, given the traffic and seniority of the participants,” commented Joel Lee of Singaporean startup Protos Labs.

The Hybrid Triumph: Deal Flow Matchmaking Session

The AFF Deal Flow Matchmaking Session triumphantly combined physical and virtual interfaces at the AFF2023, co-organised by the HKTDC and the Hong Kong Venture Capital and private Equity Association (HKVCA), orchestrated over 600 one-to-one meetings that connected investors, project owners, and innovators.

This facilitated an unprecedented level of networking and partnership, setting a new paradigm for business interactions, underlining the forum’s unmatched capability in fostering strategic partnerships.

“We have spoken to many potential clients and investors throughout the two-day event. It was awesome to see their interest in our products and solutions and I am looking forward to continuing the discussion with leads generated during the AFF,” shared Brendon Shane Nell of Intensel (Hong Kong).

A Glimpse Into the Future: AFF 2024

The Asian Financial Forum of 2024 is set to convene over 3,000 members of the global financial community in a fully-fledged scale next January. While innovation continues as a underlying pillar across the agenda, the forum will spotlight the global business community, policy makers and regenerators in joining hands to foster multilateral cooperation for a shared future.

“Hong Kong is one of the capitals of finance of the world, and it is also a hub that connects Southeast Asia and also to the rest of the world. It is therefore important for me to come here to learn about the future of financial service sector, connect with the community here and spot startups to invest,” noted Dr Jochen Biedermann from the World Alliance of International Financial Centres based out of Germany.

Asian Financial Forum 2024 to Be a Beacon of Finance in Turbulent Times

The Epicentre of Financial Mastery

The 2024 agenda will cover a broad array of topics including the global economic outlook, assets management opportunities on Mainland China, insurance and risk management, and many more engaging focal points. Industry experts will also explore investment opportunities and the way forward for green finance, impact investment, generative AI, and more. The President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, will be one of the notable speakers at the keynote luncheon during AFF2024.

AFF 2024 early bird registrations are now open ahead of January 24 and 25. Project owners seeking investment partners, fintech innovators, investors and high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, startup ecosystem facilitators, along with professionals from the entire breadth of financial and corporate institutions are encouraged to register their interest early, and be at the forefront of the new paradigm for business interactions and productive outcomes in Asia.

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