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2021 Anniversary Summit


Bond Connect Anniversary Summit 2021

2 July 2021


In commemoration of Bond Connect’s 4th anniversary, our annual Summit was livestreamed as a virtual conference on 2 July 2021 (Friday). The Summit is themed "From China to the World" this year. We gathered high-level issuers, buy-side & sell-side representatives, financial infrastructure providers and industry groups to engage in open and constructive discussions on the development and connectivity of Chinese and global markets.

As part of our Summit's tradition, we also celebrated market participants' achievements with official Bond Connect Awards.


Date: July 2, 2021 (Friday)
Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm (GMT+8) 
Format: Virtual Conference & Exhibition
Language: English & Chinese (With Simultaneous Interpretation)
Emcees: Mr. Benton Wong, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Bond Connect Company Limited
Ms. Tracy Yeung, Assistant Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Bond Connect Company Limited
Welcome Remarks
Ms. Yi Zhang, President, China Foreign Exchange Trade System, Chairperson, Bond Connect Company Limited
Opening Remarks
Mr. Nicolas Aguzin, Chief Executive Officer, HKEX
Panel 1: Bilateral Opening-up of China’s Financial Markets and Renminbi Internationalization— Opportunities & Implications
The increasing importance of China in the world economy and the continued opening-up of the Chinese financial markets has set the scene for renminbi to play a critical role in the international monetary and financial system. How is the status of renminbi compared to USD and Euro now in terms of trade, payment, investment, and reserve currency? What are the recent key developments in the two-way opening-up of Chinese financial markets? What further opening-up of the financial markets can help to drive renminbi internationalization to the next level? What role can Hong Kong take up in bolstering the renminbi internationalization?

Prof. Shusong Ba, Managing Director, Chief China Economist, HKEX

Dr. Haibin Zhu, Managing Director, Chief China Economist and Head of Greater China Economic Research, J.P. Morgan
Dr. Jimmy Jim, Head of Global Markets Department, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Ltd
Dr. Zhihuan E, Chief Economist, Bank of China (Hong Kong) Ltd.
Panel 2: Development & Prospects of Northbound Investment
Northbound Bond Connect has witnessed phenomenal growth since its launch in 2017. Bond Connect’s increasing ease in onboarding, trading, settlement and custody, and persistent infrastructural enhancements have played a unique role in the journey of RMB internationalization. The chapter of global index inclusion is close to completion.
What development should we expect to drive higher investor asset allocation and strengthen risk management frameworks? What type of derivatives do investors hope to utilize in their investment process? How has liquidity in the onshore bond market evolved since index inclusion? How has the relative attractiveness of Chinese assets vis-a-vis international fixed income markets influence portfolio positioning in a likely US rate hike cycle? What is the latest development of corporate credit risk and what lessons can we learn from the recent cases?

Dr. Raymond Yeung, Chief Economist, Greater China, ANZ

Mr. Charles Feng, Managing Director, Head of Macro Trading, Greater China & North Asia, Financial Markets, Standard Chartered 
Mr. Edmund Ng, Chief Investment Officer, Co-Founder, Eastfort Asset Management
Mr. Stephen Chang, Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, PIMCO
Ms. Ying Wang, Managing Director, Head of Asia-Pacific Energy & Utilities Team & Head of China Research Initiative, Fitch Ratings 
Mr. Yongbo Ma, Head of RMB Sales and Trading Division, Financial Market Department, Agricultural Bank of China
Bond Connect: A New Gateway to Primary
Mr. Benton Wong, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Bond Connect Company Limited
Panel 3: Development of Primary Market Access via Bond Connect
Whether it is the international or onshore China bond market, the primary market provides the most direct avenue for gaining access to bond allocation. It is BCCL’s vision to develop a common access point for onshore and offshore issuers, underwriters and investors.
What are the key trends driving investor demand? What are the challenges in accessing the primary market from an infrastructure and efficiency standpoint? What are the enhancements that investors and issuers would like to drive the development of the primary market to the next level? How can we increase the level of international participation in the onshore primary market?

Mr. David Day, Head of North Asia, Data & Analytics, London Stock Exchange Group

Mr. David Zhang, Head of Foreign Investor Service, FICC, CITIC Securities & Head of China Business Development, UK, CITIC CLSA
Mr. Eric Liu, Head of Fixed Income, Harvest Global Investments Limited
Mr. Henry Li, Deputy CEO, Head of DCM, Valuable Capital Limited
Mr. Jiayi Yew, Fixed Income Portfolio Manager, UBS Asset Management
Ms. Yang Zhang, Director, Debt Origination and Advisory, Asia Pacific, Crédit Agricole CIB
Panel 4: Technical Innovation in Northbound Bond Connect 
Technology and innovation are core values assimilated into the development of Bond Connect. Coined as the “developed market” among “emerging markets”, the Chinese financial market increasingly embraced international practices as investors deepen allocation in the RMB asset class, and technical innovation to cater for evolving trading, settlement and risk management needs.
What is the future of electronic trading in RMB assets? What further automation can we build on during the pre-trade and at-trade processes? How can electronic trading platforms help financial institutions better manage trading inventories and liquidity? How do FX Settlement Banks view the progress of regulatory development in serving investors’ FX risk hedging and monitoring needs?

Mr. Patrick Wong, Managing Director, Head of China Business Development and Client Management, HSBC Securities Services

Mr. Ashlesh Gosain, APAC Head of Electronic Trading Solution, Bloomberg LP
Mr. James Sun, Managing Director, Head of Asia, Tradeweb
Mr. Julien Martin, General Manager, Bond Connect Company Limited
Mr. Shen Li, Managing Director, Head of Global Markets China & Head of Indirect FX and Street FX, APAC, State Street
Panel 5: ESG Investing in China
China has one of the most ambitious climate transition targets globally, having reaffirmed its commitment during the World Leaders’ Climate Summit in April 2021 for peak carbon emissions in 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060. The strong determination to decarbonise is also evidenced by the new 2021 PBOC Green Bond Catalogue which has eliminated clean coal and other carbon intensive projects. We have also witnessed ESG disclosure rate of CSI300 Companies improve from 54% in 2013 to 85% in 2019, driven by regulatory guidelines. Given the further harmonization of China and EU sustainable finance taxonomies, ESG investing in China is a generational opportunity that international investors need to focus on.
What is the development path of RMB Green Bond Market under China’s decarbonisation plans? What are the ESG investment opportunities in China for offshore investors? How can we drive further ESG related bond innovations? How can issuers and investors work together to improve the scope and quality of ESG reporting?

Mr. Mushtaq Kapasi, Managing Director, Chief Representative, Asia Pacific, International Capital Market Association (ICMA)

Ms. Chaoni Huang, Head of Sustainable Capital Markets, Global Markets APAC, BNP Paribas
Mr. Freddy Wong, Managing Director, Head of Asia Pacific, Fixed Income, Invesco
Dr. Peiyuan Guo, Chairman, SynTao Green Finance, Chairman, China SIF
Mr. Ruizhao Chen, Senior Manager, Green Finance, Industrial Bank
Mr. Wenhong Xie, China Programme Manager, Climate Bonds Initiative
Bond Connect Awards 2021
Bond Connect Awards represent our preeminent recognition for market participants that have been instrumental in providing unparalleled support to the rapid development and achievements of the access scheme.

Ms. Phoebe Leung, Senior Vice President, Head of Sales & Marketing, Bond Connect Company Limited
Closing Remarks
Mr. Julien Martin, General Manager, Bond Connect Company Limited

Participants can apply for 5 hours Continuing Professional Training (CPT) points upon completion of the Summit.


Opening Video: From China to the World

Opening Remarks

Panel 1: Bilateral Opening-up of China’s Financial Markets and Renminbi Internationalization— Opportunities & Implications

Panel 2: Development & Prospects of Northbound Investment

Bond Connect: A New Gateway to Primary

Panel 3: Development of Primary Market Access via Bond Connect

Panel 4: Technical Innovation in Northbound Bond Connect

Panel 5: ESG Investing in China

Bond Connect Awards 2021 & Closing Remarks