Emerging Asia and the Future of Liberty
|Sponsor:||Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy The Hong Kong Centre for Economic Research The Lion Rock Institute|
|Zeit:||31. Aug 2014 00:00 - 05. Sep 2014 00:00|
|Ort:||64 Mody Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong Website: http://www.shangri-la.com/hongkong/kowloonshangrila/ Tel: (852) 2721 2111 Fax: (852) 2723 8686|
|Organisation:||Mont Pelerin Society|
Professor Allan Meltzer
Message from Allan Meltzer,
President of the Mont Pelerin Society
Members and Guests of the Mont Pelerin Society's Hong Kong General Meeting,
I am pleased to welcome each of you to this stimulating meeting in a remarkable city. Hong Kong is properly famous as a bastion of freedom, the rule of law, and individual initiative on the edge of a formerly rigid Communist dictatorship. The theme of our meeting is Emerging Asia and the Future of Liberty.
In Hong Kong and China we can see the different results that people achieved under these very different regimes. One is the product of individual initiative and human potential applied in a territory devoid of most resources. The more than 7 million Hong Kong residents have struggled to achieve a life expectancy of 80 years or more and a per capita income of more than US$30,000. The other, China, is an enormous country with more than 1.3 billion people who years after abandoning the rigid Communist dogma, still earn a per capita income less than 10 percent of Hong Kong's income and have a shorter life expectancy.
Even after China relaxed its extreme form of state control and direction of economic life to obtain some of the benefits that free markets and free people achieve, it remains a poor country. The route to greater and more widely shared prosperity will require more individual initiative and less control by a powerful Central Committee.
The Program Committee has prepared a Program that looks to the future prospects for liberal reform in Asia, in China, in personal freedoms and the rule of law. Speakers will explore the different role of human capital in emerging Asia and the west. Ample time for discussion of these and other 21st century topics are planned.
I look forward to meeting with you in Hong Kong.
Professor Y C Richard Wong Message from Y. C. Richard Wong, Chairman of the MPS 2014 Organizing Committee
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcome to the biennial gathering of the Mont Pelerin Society in Hong Kong the freest economy in the world. This distinguished society for the exploration and cultivation of principles of individual liberty will have its General Meeting 2014 from 31 August to 5 September. The last time the MPS General Meeting was hosted in Hong Kong was 1978.
The pre- and post-Conference travel programs will enable us to present to you the culture and treasures of Hong Kong and across the region, including a day trip to Macau. Do not hesitate to take part in this exciting intellectual event in 2014.
All necessary information about registration, travel, accommodation, the Conference Program and other useful information about Hong Kong can be found on this website. Should you have any additional questions or requirements, do not hesitate to contact the Organizing Committee.
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I am sincerely looking forward to greeting you in Hong Kong.