1. 5th Asia-Pacific Pensions Forum 2016


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Tuesday 12 April

8.30am Official welcome: Ms Yvonne Sin, Chairman, the Hong Kong Retirement Schemes Association (HKRSA) (Hong Kong).
8.35am Opening remarks and welcome

Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Secretary for Administration, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR Government) (Hong Kong).
8.45am Session one

Keynote address: What are the challenges and solutions for population aging in the Asia-Pacific?  

Leading economist Mr Robert Palacios, Global Lead Pensions and Social Insurance, Social Protection and Labor, World Bank (Global) will present the findings of recent World Bank research into the ageing of populations in East Asia and the Pacific, along with best practice solutions.

9.10am Session two

Global trends in retirement incomes.

International experts Mr Richard Jackson (via video), Global Aging Institute (USA), Mr Jeremy Cooper, former Chair, Australian Superannuation (Private Pension) System Review, member of ASFA Super System Design Policy Council and Chairman, Retirement Income, Challenger Limited (Australia) and Mr Julio Portalatin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercer (USA) will discuss the increasingly global challenges facing retirement incomes policy

The discussion will focus upon:

  • the shift to defined contribution
  • dealing with legacy schemes and products
  • investing in a low return and volatile market
  • meeting the needs of a mobile workforce, both within and between countries meeting the challenges of increasing longevity

Chair: Ms Ka Shi Lau, Vice-Chair and Pensions & Funds Subcommittee Chair, Hong Kong Trustees’ Association and Managing Director & CEO, BCT Group (Hong Kong).
10.10am Morning tea and networking
10.40am Session three

What can we learn from countries with established systems for providing retirement protection?

Presenters will look at examples from around the world which illustrate best practices in:

  • achieving best outcomes for retirees
  • inter-relationship between public and private provision
  • providing incentives for self-reliance
  • balance between compulsion and self-reliance
  • system design.

This session will be led by Mr Andrew Boal (Fellow of ASFA), ASFA Director and Deputy Chair, ASFA Consumer, Governance and Regulations Policy Council and ASFA Super System Design Policy Councils, Superannuation Practice Committee Convenor, Institute of Actuaries Australia and Managing Director, Willis Towers Watson (Australia). Mr Ross Clare (Fellow of ASFA), Director of Research, the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) (Australia) will draw on OECD research and analysis on retirement income systems and outcomes across a range of OECD and other countries, focusing on those arrangements which both deliver adequate retirement incomes and are financially sustainable.

11.25am Session four

Maximising member engagement: how competitive pressures have revolutionised ways of understanding fund members.

Mr David Elia (Fellow of ASFA), ASFA Director and Chief Executive Officer, HOSTPLUS Super Fund (Australia) and Mr Darrell Ludowyke, Chief Executive Officer, Empirics (Australia) will discuss successful member engagement techniques and practices, illustrating the importance of being relevant, personalised, engaging, agile and predictive in your member relations. They will also discuss the effective use of member data analytics, including using member information to shape product offerings, defaults and provision of advice and information.
12.15pm Lunch
1.15pm Session five

Both sides of the story: examining some of the current challenges and debates around providing retirement protection in Hong Kong.

Mr Matthew Cheung, Secretary for Labour and Welfare, HKSAR Government (Hong Kong).
1.45pm Session six

What are the responsibilities of government, employers and employees when it comes to retirement? A panel discussion between local and international experts.


  • Mr Robert Palacios, Global Lead Pensions and Social Insurance, Social Protection and Labor, World Bank (Global)
  • Mr Hoi-wai Chua, Chief Executive, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (Hong Kong)
  • Mr Michael Tien, Member, HKSAR Legislative Council and Member of National People’s Congress, PRC (Hong Kong Deputy) (Hong Kong)

Chair: Ms Pauline Vamos (Fellow of ASFA, ASFA AIF), Chief Executive Officer, ASFA (Australia).
2.40pm Session seven

MPF as an Integral Part of Hong Kong’s Retirement Protection

Dr David Wong Yau-kar, Chairman, Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority (MPFA) (Hong Kong).
3.10pm Afternoon tea  

Session eight

Have your say:

Panel and audience discussion on key consultation issues raised in the Hong Kong Retirement Protection Forging Ahead document and other important issues for the MPF system.

Discussion will focus on:

  • the implications of adopting a Default Investment Strategy for funds, including impact on fees
  • measures more generally which might lead to lower fees charged for MPF offerings
  • what would be involved in setting up a centralised electronic platform (eMPF) and  what would be the implication of this for funds
  • likely impact of moving to full portability of accounts
  • whether there are too many MPF funds?
  • should the government be a provider of annuity products in retirement or are such products something that the private sector can and should offer?


  • Mr Darren McShane, Chief Regulation & Policy Officer and Executive Director, MPFA (Hong Kong)
  • Professor Francis T Lui, Director of Center for Economic Development, Professor of Economics, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (Hong Kong)
  • Mr Victor Apps, Vice Chairman, Business and Professionals Federation (Hong Kong)

Chair: Ms Yvonne Sin, Chairman, HKRSA (Hong Kong).
4.45pm Where to from here?

A reflection on the day’s content.

Ms Pauline Vamos (Fellow of ASFA, ASFA AIF), Chief Executive Officer, ASFA (Australia).
5.00pm Close

Wednesday 13 April

*Delegates choose to attend either Workshop A or Workshop B

(coffee and tea on arrival available from 8.30am)

Post-Forum Workshop A

Topic: Building consensus towards the way to improved retirement protection

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Time: 8.30am – 12.20pm

Venue: Central Government Offices, 2/F Conference Hall, West Wing, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong

Post-Forum Workshop B

Topic: Going global: exploration on the opportunities and challenges of investing in China

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Time: 8.30am – 12.00pm

Venue: Citibank Tower, Citibank Plaza,
3 Garden Road Central, Hong Kong

Sponsored by: Citi

*Please note program timing and topics are subject to change.