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Low Carbon High Growth Eco Cities
Manila November 14-17, Hong Kong November 18

Manila: Participation at Asian Development Bank's Urban Forum at ADB's HQ in Manila (Nov 15-17). ADB are uniquely placed to host this international conference which brings together 200+ high level speakers and decision makers from around Asia, including government ministers, mayors, civic leaders, business leaders and academics. The overall focus of the Forum will be on financing, in particular financing of the three streams of investment that are the thrust of the new ADB Urban Operational Plan, which will be launched at the Forum. The Green Cities, Competitive Cities and Inclusive Cities themes of the Plan detail investments to improve the environment support the economy and build equity in Asia's urban areas. There are numerous urban projects around Asia, China for example has 300 eco cities planned and the UK has recognised the challenges and opportunities, has world leading expertise and has signed many joint co-operation agreements, including Sustainable Cities Agreements. The UK-China Eco Cities and Green Building Group provides a platform for UK-China cooperation in the development and delivery of world-class solutions for eco-cities and green building and is actively supported by commerce, industry, academia and government, with the extensive involvement of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). In China the group is supported at national level by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD), the China Green Building Council, the Society for Urban Studies and across China by a wide range of partners. The group is engaged with the delivery of the urban development, energy & carbon commitments in the Chinese 12th Five Year Plan, while at the same time creating commercial opportunities in China, in the UK, and in markets around Asia. Representatives from the Group have been invited to participate at ADB's Forum in order to share unique knowledge and insight in this exciting high growth and high value arena and UKTI Manila are hosting a briefing by the Board of Investment and government officials on Nov 14 and a reception at the Ambassador's Residence, a session on procurement and how to engage with ADB & meetings with ADB Officers handling specific projects, a seminar on Professional Services for PPP and Infrastructure Projects with presentations by selected British firms on Nov 16 and additional meetings & site visits as required.

Keynote speakers at the ADB Urban Forum to date (tbc) include:

President Haruhiko Kuroda, ADB President
Mr. Jejomar Binay, Vice President, Government of Philippines
Mr. Jesse Robredo, Secretary (Minister) Department of Interior and Local Government, Government of the Philippines
Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Minister of National Development Planning, Government of Indonesia
Mr. Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for National Development, Singapore
Mr. Dan Huy Dong, Vice Minister of Planning and Investment, Vietnam
Mr. Nadeem ul Haque, Federal Minister, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Pakistan
Mr. Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission, Government of India
Shri Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Gujarat State, India
Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-Habitat
Vice chair, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), People's Republic of China

Target Participants:

Representatives from DMCs of Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Urban Development, national/state level
Representatives from (inter)national financing agencies (public and private)
Representatives from (Inter)national contractors, infrastructure companies and consulting firms City mayors, chief urban and financial planners, sector specialists
Representatives from partners (international urban development and financing institutions and networks) and AID agencies (bilateral, multilateral and international agencies)

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Hong Kong - November 18

Low Carbon High Growth Eco Cities - the Opportunities and Challenges

Seminar featuring leading international speakers at the British Consulate-General, Supreme Court Rd. Welcome by Andrew Seaton, HM Consul-General, response by Ir Wai Chi-sing JP, Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), Development Bureau, Govt of HKSAR. Organised in conjunction with the British Consulate in Hong Kong, the Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC) and Asia House this event will include the findings of ADB's Forum and will continue on the themes and topics discussed at our previous HK event on March 24 such as design, planning, standards, development, construction, environmental technologies, sustainable transport & infrastructure and mega projects.

How to get there: Cathay Pacific offer a direct service to Manila with a free stop-over in Hong Kong. The suggested itinerary is to depart for Manila on Nov 12, onto HK evening of Nov 17 for "Low Carbon High Growth Eco Cities" on Nov 18 returning London that evening (23.35 non-stop to London) or continue to other meetings around the region.



10.00 Delegate arrival and networking (please allow sufficient time to pass through security at the Consulate)

10.20 Welcome by Andrew Seaton, HM Consul-General

10.30 Ir Wai Chi-sing JP, Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), Development Bureau, Govt of HKSAR; speaking on "Sustainable Planning and Development of Hong Kong".  

10.45 Bruce Chong, Senior Consultant, ARUP; speaking on "Analysis of decarbonization transition in China's mega-cities and the development of low carbon solutions"

11.05 Philippe Lacamp, Head of Sustainability, Swire Group; speaking on Sustainable Development from a Conglomerate Perspective

11.20 Graham Cottingham, AirconMiser; speaking on general energy conservation in the built environment

11.35 Jeff Tucker, MD March Publishing; speaking on the findings and conclusions of ADB’s Urban Forum, and in particular their new Urban Operational Plan, launched at ADB HQ in Manila on Nov 15

11.45 Panel discussion

12.00 Networking luncheon



                                                                         Ir Wai Chi-sing


Ir Wai Chi-sing obtained his first degree in civil engineering from the University of Hong Kong, and his master degree in transportation engineering from the Purdue University in the United States.  He has professional qualifications in civil, structural and geotechnical engineering.
Ir Wai joined the Hong Kong Government as an Assistant Engineer in August 1980, and since then his career has been closely associated with the development of Hong Kong’s infrastructure development.  He has served in the Transport Department, the former Territory Development Department, the Highways Department, and the Works Branch of the former Environment, Transport and Works Bureau.  He was the Director of the Highways Department from November 2006 to June 2010 and has been appointed Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) since June 2010.

                                                                      Philippe Lacamp

Philippe Lacamp

Philippe Lacamp joined the Swire Group in 1992. He has had a broad range of corporate experience within the group and currently heads up Sustainable Development for Swire Pacific and John Swire & Sons, covering a range of industries including shipping and marine services, property development, aviation, beverages and agri-business. The main focus of the role is to reduce the group’s overall environmental impact and drive energy efficiency, while coordinating industry leadership positions for group divisions on specific environmental issues. Immediately prior to this role, Philippe had been seconded to Cathay Pacific Airways and established and ran the aviation group’s Corporate Risk Management department.

He has held a number of head office positions and overseas management positions with Cathay Pacific, including Germany, Sri Lanka, France and Canada. 


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