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RISE conference back in Hong Kong in March

HONG KONG, September 14, 2021

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and Web Summit have announced that RISE, 'one of the world’s most influential tech events', will return to Hong Kong in March 2022, as an in-person event. 
RISE was launched in Hong Kong in 2015 and has hosted five events, becoming Asia’s largest tech event, according to CNBC. 
Over the years, the event has attracted thousands of global tech founders, startups and investors to the city, such as Alibaba Co-founder & Executive Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai, Stripe Co-founder & President John Collison, Magic Leap CEO Peggy Johnson, and Sequoia Capital China Founding Managing Partner Neil Shen. 
The event has become an important window for companies from both East and West to make connections in new markets. With the HKTB teaming up with InvestHK and AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong has once again been selected as the host city of RISE for the next five years.
The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the Hong Kong SAR Government, Edward Yau, said: "I'm excited to see RISE, a world-renowned tech event, returning to Hong Kong. This is a testimony of Hong Kong’s success to containing the pandemic and keeping infection rate among the lowest in the world, thereby giving international event organisers confidence that they can stage their events here safely. 
"I am sure the staging of RISE will showcase Hong Kong’s capacity to deliver amid the challenges posed by the epidemic, and connect our tech start-up ecosystem with that of the globe. I look forward to welcoming more world class business events to Hong Kong, injecting new vigour into our economy.”
Co-founder and CEO of the RISE Conference and Web Summit Paddy Cosgrave said: “We are grateful for the support the city has given RISE over the last five years. We’ve seen the region’s tech and startup economy grow from strength to strength since we launched RISE in 2015.”
He continued: “The event has now become an important nexus that connects the East and the rest of the world. CEOs and investors from around the world want a window into the region, and vice versa.”
HKTB Chairman Dr Y. K. Pang said: “We welcome the return of RISE to Hong Kong for another five years in 2022–2026. The city’s state-of-the-art infrastructure and venues, complemented with a favourable business environment and travel experiences, are all part of the equation reflecting Hong Kong’s appeal for international business events. 
"With Hong Kong’s strategic location in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, event participants can also capitalise on the multitude of opportunities in the region.”
AsiaWorld-Expo Chairman Ng Chi-kee added: "Hosting RISE in the coming five years bears an impactful significance to the recovery of Hong Kong’s MICE sector, as it marks the return of top-class international events to Hong Kong."
According to the World Bank, Hong Kong ranks third in the world for ease of doing business.
RISE will take place as an in-person conference in AsiaWorld-Expo from March 14-17, 2022.-TradeArabia News Service


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