RCEP Briefing: Opportunities for Australia and Hong Kong

RCEP Briefing: Opportunities for Australia and Hong Kong

AustCham brings you an exceptional opportunity to hear directly from leading government experts on the opportunities arising from The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Joining us for the event is Australia’s Consul General for Hong Kong and Macau, Elizabeth Ward and The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSARG)'s Deputy Director-General of Trade and Industry, Mr Francis Ho, to discuss the significance of RCEP for our two economies, as well as:

  • the opportunities for regional trade and investment arising from RCEP
  • the benefits of RCEP for Australia and Hong Kong, and  
  • engage in Q&A with the audience.

RCEP entered into force on 1 January 2022, for ten countries: Australia, New Zealand, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Japan, Laos, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam; subsequently for the Republic of Korea on 1 February 2022 and for Malaysia on 18 March 2022. Hong Kong submitted a formal request to join RCEP earlier this year.

A light take-away lunch will be provided for in-person attendees. Please observe social distancing requirements in place at the venue.

Zoom link to join online will be sent to guests one day ahead of the event. 

Please note: The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed by the speaker(s) belong solely to the speaker, and are not representative of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.


Fri, July 22, 2022


12:00 PM - 02:00 PM



Hybrid / Invest Hong Kong, 24/F, Fairmont House, 8 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong


Member: $100.00

Non-Member: $250.00


Francis Ho
Deputy Director-General of Trade and Industry | HKSARG

Francis Ho assumed the post of Deputy Director-General of Trade and Industry on 9 September 2019. His responsibilities include Hong Kong's participation in international and regional economic and trade forums, negotiation of trade and investment agreements, Hong Kong's bilateral trade relations with trading partners in Europe, ASEAN, Japan, Korea, Oceania and Africa, as well as Hong Kong’s strategic trade control system. Prior to the current post, Mr Ho previously served as Assistant Director-General of Trade and Industry (Systems) from 2017 to 2019, responsible for amongst others bilateral commercial relations with Americas and Hong Kong’s rules of origin system. From 2014 to 2017, he was Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion responsible for attracting foreign direct investment into Hong Kong.

Elizabeth Ward
Consul-General | Australian Consulate-General Hong Kong

Elizabeth Ward has been Australia’s Consul-General to Hong Kong and Macau since October 2020.

Ms Ward is a senior official in the Australian Government with extensive experience in trade and investment policy. She was the chief negotiator for the Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement and associated Investment Agreement, and led negotiations on behalf of Australia in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Prior to her posting in Hong Kong, Ms Ward was First Assistant Secretary in the Trade, Investment and Business Engagement Division, and Special Negotiator in the Regional Trade Agreements Division.

Ms Ward has previously served overseas at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC, the Australian High Commission in New Delhi, and the Australian Embassy in Cairo.

Ms Ward holds a Master of Development Studies from Deakin University, and degrees in economics and arts from the Australian National University.