The 61st UIA Congress

As the Belt and Road Initiative has developed and evolved, it now embraces all countries that subscribe to the Initiative’s core goals of policy coordination, facilities connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial integration and people-to-people bonds. Together with the expansion of recent technology and development of artificial intelligence, the need to further strengthen links between Belt and Road countries is essential.

The President, together with Immediate Past President Stephen Hung and Mr.Fred Kan, Chairman of the Belt and Road Committee, attended the 61st Union Internationale des Avocats (“UIA”) Congress in Toronto from 27-31 October and hosted a session on the first day of the Congress entitled “Your Roles and Opportunities in The Belt and Road Initiative”.

The session provided information on why Hong Kong is the hub of the Initiative as well as a perfect place and partner for overseas companies that are keen on exploring new business opportunities in Asia, particularly China. The Law Society was honoured to have Mr. Xu Wei, Acting Consul General, Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Toronto to deliver a keynote speech, and representatives from Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Toronto, Hong Kong-Canada Business Association Toronto Section and Hong Kong Trade Development Council to share their insights.

To further strengthen ties with the Law Society of New South Wales and the French National Bar Council, the President signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the two associations on behalf of the Law Society. The Law Society has been working closely together to advance the legal profession in these jurisdictions in the past and will carry on the efforts in the future.

Our experienced panelists answering questions from the audience.

President Thomas So presents a token of appreciation to the Acting Consul General.

The signing of MOUs with the Law Society of New South Wales and the French National Bar Council.