SPPR Projects

SPPR Projects

Hong Kong Professional Services in the Co-evolving Belt-Road Initiative: Innovative Agency for Sustainable Development

A Strategic Public Policy Research Funding Scheme Project funded by Central Policy Unit, HKSARG [S2016.A1.009.16S]
Duration: 3 years [from 6 March 2017 to 5 March 2020]

What the Project is About

There is high expectation for the contributions of Hong Kong professional services to the Belt-Road Initiative (B&R). The expectation lies in the proven strengths of the Hong Kong professional services and their strategic roles, historical and present, in the development of the Mainland economy. The expansive scope of the Belt-Road Initiative poses tremendous challenges to effective communication and policy execution, as diverse stakeholders in government and society, and in different societies internationally, find difficulty in converging their visions. This study starts with a simple objective to understand the divergence in views and expectations and further seeks to bridge the gaps. The challenge is to conceive a role which we do and may assume, which will bring benefits to our society as well as the other stakeholders in the Belt-Road Initiative. Whilst we shall naturally focus on the role of Hong Kong professionals in this study, being based in Hong Kong, this question is a generic one and thus our exploration is applicable to all parties interested and involved in the Initiative.

Our Vision and Proposed B&R Initiatives for Hong Kong

As one of the world’s leading financial capitals and amongst the top global cities, with its distinctive advantage operating under the unique ‘one country, two systems’ framework and part of China, Hong Kong has its edge to attract business around the globe and serve as a bridge between the mainland and countries along the belt and road. The project plans to investigate the feasibility of the following B&R initiatives stemming from this role:

  • Hub for international lawyers
  • Model commercial code
  • Arbitration and dispute resolution centre
  • International business financing platform
  • Credit rating mechanism
  • Risk and project management
  • International Hub for BRI participants
    • Enhance the communication between foreign experts/scholars and Hong Kong professional community to support B&R

Underlying these proposed initiatives on enhanced institutions and capacities is the vision of Hong Kong SAR performing the role of a ‘soft power hub’ for the sustainable development of the Belt-and-Road Initiative, leveraging on its cherished and solid institutions in a wide range of arenas including clean governance, rule of law, free and vibrant civil society and quality education.

Project Team (names are ordered in alphabetical order)


Professor Phyllis Lai-lan Mo, Department of Accountancy, CityU
Novrys Suhardianto, Department of Accountancy, CityU [PhD Student]
Dr. Raymond Man Kong Wong, Department of Accountancy, CityU
Mr. David Sai On Yip, Department of Accountancy, CityU
Sally Mingle Yorke, Department of Accountancy, CityU [PhD Student]

Economics & Finance

Dr. Michael Chak Sham Wong, Department of Economics and Finance, CityU
Professor Fangmin Yue, Department of Economics, Guangdong Provincial Party School

Electronic Engineering

Kazi Tanvir Ahmmed Rony, Department of Electronic Engineering, CityU [PhD Student]


Mr. David Holloway, School of Law, CityU
Professor Geraint Howells, School of Law, CityU
Professor Feng Lin, School of Law, CityU


Dr Ho Mun Chan, Department of Public Policy, CityU
Mr. Chun Kit Chui, Department of Public Policy, CityU [Doctoral Researcher]

Policy & International Political Economy

Mr. Jeffrey Shek Yan Chung, Department of Public Policy, CityU [Senior Research Associate]
Dr. Iris Chui Ping Kam, Department of Public Policy, CityU
Professor Linda Chelan Li, Department of Public Policy, CityU [Project Leader]
Mr. Kin On Li, Department of Public Policy, CityU [Professional Research Associate]
Dr. Yuqing Liang, College of Management, Shenzhen University
Oum Socheat, Department of Public Policy, CityU [PhD Student]
Mr. Charles Chun Ho Wong, Department of Public Policy, CityU [Student Research Intern]