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HK holds global summit on tech developments in healthcare

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor speaks at the opening session of the Asia Summit on Global Health on Nov 24, 2021. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)

HONG KONG – The Asia Summit on Global Health opened at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday under the theme of "Shaping a Resilient and Sustainable Future."

Co-organized by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the summit gathered more than 70 business leaders and medical experts both online and in-person to share ideas on the latest technological developments and investment opportunities in the healthcare sector.

HK is willing and ready to play a pivotal role in promoting better understanding of global health issues, in pursuing research excellence and medical innovation to tackle some growing health issues, and in matching businesses with trade and investment opportunities in the Asian region.

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, HKSAR chief executive

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, HKSAR chief executive, said at the opening session that this summit provides a timely and invaluable forum for government officials, scientists, corporate leaders and investors to exchange views on developments and trends in global public health, healthcare innovation and many others.

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"Hong Kong is willing and ready to play a pivotal role in promoting better understanding of global health issues, in pursuing research excellence and medical innovation to tackle some growing health issues, and in matching businesses with trade and investment opportunities in the Asian region," the chief executive said.

Dr. Peter K N Lam, chairman of the HKTDC, said in his welcome remarks that since early 2020, the world has been fighting not only one of the biggest health crises in decades, but also economic and social challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Lam noted that Hong Kong, with its three key advantages, namely its status as an international financial hub, the world's best universities devoted to research and development, and its importance in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, has been recognized as the ideal platform for research and business development in the global healthcare industry.

He said that the summit aims to provide a one-stop international platform for exchange and collaboration among the healthcare, investment, business and technology sectors.

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In her video speech, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist at the World Health Organization, said people can learn many things from the pandemic, and that the lessons should be applied not only to preventing future pandemics, but also to making sure that health systems are strengthened.

"I think that is what this particular conference is going to address," Swaminathan said, adding that health systems need to be agile, resilient, and have an adequate and well-trained health workforce.