"The world's freest economy: one slogan, two views"
Institution(s): Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy, The Hong Kong Centre for Economic Research
Date: Oct 03, 2007 (Wednesday)
Time: 12:00 noon - 02:00 pm
Venue: Conrad Hotel (Harcourt Room)
Cost: HK$550 per person
Mr. Latter will examine the realities behind the picture of Hong Kong as the world!|s freest economy, and discuss how the economy is actually steered in practice.
About the speaker: Mr. Tony Latter worked for many years at the Bank of England, with spells at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, and the National Bank of Ukraine. His association with Hong Kong dates back to 1982, when he began a three-year term as Deputy Secretary for Monetary Affairs; he was responsible for initiating the re-adoption of the currency board in 1983 and for ensuring its success in the early stages. In 1999, he returned to Hong Kong as Deputy Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. In 2003, he moved to the University of Hong Kong as a visiting professor in economics. Have since relinquished full-time duties there, he remains a senior research fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy.