Asian Financial Forum: Jobs of the Future – Supporting the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Date: January 16, 2018 | 11:15 am – 12:15pm

Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong.


IFC and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) are co-hosting the panel “Jobs of the Future – Supporting the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs” at the Asian Financial Forum 2018 in Hong Kong.

Entrepreneurs have been an essential component of Asia’s economic growth. Their contribution to job creation and GDP growth has been significant. In ASEAN countries alone, smaller businesses have comprised up to 96 percent of all enterprises, creating the majority of employment and contributing up to 58 percent of total GDP. This has, despite its entrepreneurial nature been rooted in traditional industries and has operated with a dynastic empire building tendency.

As new technologies and the digital revolution begin to emerge, different opportunities are opening up. We are seeing a reshaping of this premise in the region leading to a whole new paradigm with questions that are yet to be answered.

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