Tasting the Belt & Road Initiative

Packing Knowledge with Experience

The “Road” Package

Visit the Maritime Silk Road Countries in Southeast Asia

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Introduction

The Belt and Road initiative refers to the land-based "Silk Road Economic Belt" and the seagoing "21st Century Maritime Silk Road" that encompasses over 60 countries in the world. Aiming at connecting China to the world, the Belt and Road region currently captures over 30% of global GDP and is expecting to offer enormous economic growth in the near future.

The “Road” package targets to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the initiative and its associated investment opportunities by travelling to countries in the Belt and Road region.

Myanmar, being ruled by the autocratic military for decades, was selected as the first destination of the “Road” package. Since the open reforms in 2011, drastic changes happened in the country and Myanmar is now actively seeking foreign investments and improvements on economic performance. We will directly travel to Myanmar to understand how is the Belt and Road initiative going to benefit Myanmar and to discover whether is Myanmar a good place for developing business.

 

Highlights

Itinerary
A 6 days tour to Myanmar with exclusive visits to special economic zone, media headquarters and political parties.
 
Pre-tour Seminars
Pre-tour seminars providing solid background knowledge on the Belt and Road initiative as well as the political economy of Myanmar.
People
Meeting scholars, journalists, politicians and government officials from Hong Kong and Myanmar.

 
 
 
 

Expected Outcomes
Upon completion of this package, you will be able to:

  • Understand the One Belt One Road initiative and its potential values;
  • Experience the Myanmar culture and get to know its historypoliticsand economy;
  • Exchange ideas with scholarsentrepreneurs and government officials of Myanmar; and
  • Get to know people who share the same aspirations as you
 

Medium of Instruction

While seminars will be delivered Englishand supported by Cantonese, the trip to Myanmar will be accompanied by tour mentors from Glo Travel and led by experienced local guides who are proficient in English.

 

Target Participants

Professionals with interest to understand the Belt and Road initiative and to grasp opportunities brought by the One Belt One Road initiative.

 

Seminars

Four pre-tour seminars are organised to cover the basics of the history, politics, economy and society of Myanmar, and, to facilitate exchanges of ideas between participants and with guest speakers.

 

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Session 1 - The Forgotten Linkage between Hong Kong, Myanmar and the Belt and Road Initiative

This session serves as an introductory session on the linkage between Hong Kong and Myanmar, with the highlights given to how the Belt and Road Initiative has potentially shaped the relations between Hong Kong and Myanmar in both public and private fields.

Speakers:

Prof. Simon SHEN  Associate Professor, the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr. YU Ka-ho  Assistant Lecturer, the Chinese University of Hong Kong


Session 2 - Religion and Society in Myanmar

This session will focus on the socio-cultural dimension of Myanmar society, which serves as the foundation of assessing political and economic risks of the country. Highlights will be given to the religious and societal tensions between various ethnic groups in Myanmar, and how the new government responds to the arising tensions in the country.

Speakers:

Dr. Thomas PATTON  Assistant Professor, the City University of Hong Kong

Ms. Susanne CHEUNG  Journalist


Session 3 - Political Changes, Civil Society and Investment in Myanmar – First-hand Experience

This session provides first-hand experience on the investment opportunities and challenges in Myanmar. Highlights will be given to how the political changes create challenges to investors, as well as the opportunities created under the Belt and Road Initiative.

Speakers:

Mr. Ricky YUE  PhD Candidate, University of Bath

Mr. Albert Oung  Founding President, Hong Kong Myanmar Chamber of Commerce


Session 4 - The OBOR, Emerging Markets, and Doing Business in Myanmar

This session provides practical insights on the investment and doing business at emerging markets, and highlights will be given to the practical challenges for setting business in Myanmar, as well as how professional services and manufacturers in Hong Kong could contribute to and be benefited by setting up business in Myanmar.

Speakers:

Mr. Robert PE Partner in Gibson Dunn’s Hong Kong Office

Hon. Felix CHUNG  Legislative Councillor and Director of the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong

 

Itinerary

TThis package includes a 6-day visit to Myanmar organised by Glo Travel. The itinerary is tailored for the “Road” package that includes visits to exclusive destinations and meetings with local politicians, bankers, reporters and government officials:

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Day 1

City Hong Kong >Yangon, Myanmar

Key Activities

Flight from Hong Kong to Yangon


Day 2

City Yangon, Myanmar

Key Activities

Visit to Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), meeting with Mayor or General Secretary of YCDC

Visit to Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce Industry (UMFCCI)

Meeting with U Thein Tun, Ex-chairman of Myanmar Bankers Association

Breakfast at hotel / Lunch at The Grand MeeYaHta (Chinese cuisine) / Dinner at Bangkok Kitchen (Myanmar/Thai cuisine)


Day 3

City Yangon, Myanmar

Key Activities

Visit to The Myanmar Times, meeting with Geoffrey Goddard, Senior Editor and visit to printing house

Meeting with representatives of the Myanmar Rice Association and the Myanmar Academy of Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock and Fishery Sciences at Yuzana Hotel

Meeting with Thura K. Ko of YGA Capital Limited / EGRESS at Yuzana Hotel

Breakfast at hotel / Lunch at Royal Thazin (Myanmar cuisine) / Dinner at Padonmar Restaurant (Myanmar/Thai cuisine)


Day 4

City Yangon, Myanmar

Key Activities

Meeting with representatives of the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC)and visit to the One-stop Service Centre for Investment

Meeting with U Soe Win (Co-founder of NLD, Member of Central Campaign Committee), U Han Tha Myint (Party Secretary) and U Hla Min (Admin Officer) of National League for Democracy (NLD)

Visit to Chinatown

Breakfast at hotel / Lunch at Padonmar Restaurant (Myanmar/Thai cuisine) / Dinner at Shanti (Indian cuisine)


Day 5

City Yangon, Myanmar

Meeting with U Min Kyi from Myanmar International Terminal Thilawa (MITT)

Meeting with U Myint Zaw from Thilawa Special Economic Zone

Closing briefing

Breakfast at hotel / Lunch at local restaurant / Dinner at The Strand Grill


Day 6

City Yangon, Myanmar > Hong Kong

Flight from Yangon to Hong Kong and dismiss


Note 1: The above itinerary is for reference only and is subject to change

Note 2: Glo Travel is a Hong Kong based tour organiser renowned for organising unique tours that focus on engaging with locals and exploring target destinations from multiple angles including its politics, culture and society. For details, please refer to: https://www.glotravel.hk/.

 

 

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