Event unfortunately postponed till after Summer due to speaker cancellation
It has been a turbulent couple of days leading up the weekend last week and I hope all of you are safe. Although here in Hong Kong we enjoy the return of calmness to the city following the deescalating announcement of the Government on Saturday and the peaceful protest march on Sunday, the violent images of last week prevail outside of Hong Kong.
So much so that Alibaba Group has restricted all non-essential travel to Hong Kong in the days to come; consequently, the main speakers of the Belgium Hong Kong eGateway Forum of this Thursday 20 June, Mr. Juntao Song & Mr. Ricky Xue are unable to attend.
This has regrettably & unfortunately left me no other choice than to cancel the event on 20 June and to postpone it to a later date. I am very thankful for the overwhelmingly positive reactions this event has attracted and you can rest assured that the Belgium Hong Kong eGateway Forum will return in the planning very soon.
I am sorry to disappoint those of you who were interested to participate, I do very much hope I can count on your support & attendance when the event is back on the planning.
Robin Heemskerk | General Manager
Juntao Song is currently working for the CEO of Alibaba Group as the special assistant, coordinating the internal teams to develop business overseas. In particular he is in charge of the eWTP initiative to help build up an e-infrastructure to enable and empower SMEs go international and benefit from globalization.
With his leadership, the first overseas eWTP pilot was launched in KL in March by the Prime Minister and Jack Ma.
Before that, Juntao had worked in the Chinese central government for almost 20 years. He is an expertise in Tariff polices, Customs management and border control. He was also involved in FTA negotiations between China and foreign countries.
Mr. Ricky Xue joined Cainiao Network in 2014 as Managing Director of Cainiao Exportation Business Unit. Since then, he has overall managed the strategies and operation of Alibaba Group's cross-border outbound logistics development. He is also acting as the logistics head of AliExpress which is the biggest cross border eCommerce site in China. He also assumed a co-president position of an Alibaba investing company - 4PX.
Prior to Cainiao, Ricky has been working with FedEx for 14 years; his last role in FedEx was the head of eCommerce sector based in Shanghai. By then, he was responsible for developing the logistics solutions for eCommerce customers and growth of the market share.
Mrs. Bedoyan has been representing the Belgian General Administration of Customs and Excise in Beijing since August 2018. Based in Beijing, she covers customs issues with mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao. In this position she works to strengthen relationships between these areas & Belgium on different customs related issues. Topics of trade facilitation and cross- border e-commerce are amongst the key topics of her activities.
Before taking up the post in Beijing, she set up and headed the customs attaché post in Brazil between 2013 and 2018, where she worked on exchanges of best practices, facilitation issues and customs cooperation.
Previously, she was posted at the international relations department of Belgian Customs in Brussels where she worked, among others, as a liaison between Belgian customs and the World Customs Organization.
Steven Verhasselt joined Liège Airport as Cargo Development Manager Asia in 2006. Now he is the VP Commercial of Liège Airport, Belgium's leading cargo airport. He is responsible for the global cargo development as core business, but is also in charge of passenger, real estate and Liège Airport Consulting. Mr. Verhasselt is based in Asia, working in a global role. Mr. Verhasselt entered the aviation world in 2001 running a project to start up a cargo airline based in Brussels. The project led him to the Middle East and Asia. In 2003, when working on a project in Hong Kong, Mr. Verhasselt decided to stay there & start his own company, consulting airports, airlines and aviation related companies willing to develop business in Asia.
Welcome speech by Mrs. Denèffe, Consul-General of Belgium in Hong Kong
eWTP - How the eWTP agreement between Alibaba and Belgium will help SME'S to sell Globally
How BE Gate & Belgian Customs help Shippers to enter Europe via Belgium, and how it works
Cainiao Smart Logistics Hub: The Smart Logistic hubs in Hong Kong & Liège: E-gateway
Panel and Q&A with Mr. Song, Ms. Bedoyan and Mr. Xue, moderated by Steven Verhasselt - VP Commercial Liege Airport and BLCC Director