Janet Pau

October 20, 2022

In Asia, climate change and economic uncertainty can be addressed together

As Asian economies face recession worries, many are putting climate action on the back burner – but climate resilience goes hand in hand with economic stability.

October 20, 2022

Bringing women back into the workplace is essential for Hong Kong’s pandemic recovery

Women are indispensable to Hong Kong’s future growth; closing the wage gap, while providing more support at home, can pave their re-entry to the workforce.

March 22, 2022

Three steps Hong Kong must take to revive its economy and restore its global reputation

After its mishandling of Omicron, Hong Kong needs a program of damage control to regain investor confidence and bring stability back to residents’ lives. That means building economic resilience, strengthening networks for trade and talent, and putting substance behind claims of being a world city.

December 15, 2021

How cities can be successful in the post-pandemic world

The interconnectedness that global cities once prized risks being eroded and dismantled as Covid-19 lingers and new variants emerge. Success will depend on cities’ ability to balance openness with health protection, growth with better livelihoods, and diversity with local character that fosters a sense of belonging.

August 17, 2021

How safe international meetings can help Hong Kong achieve an economic reset

Hong Kong has managed the logistics of holding a major international art fair, book fair and industry conferences during the pandemic without seeing outbreaks. Holding one or two premier events with visitors from low-risk locations will boost confidence and cement Hong Kong’s status as a hub for safe meetings.

August 17, 2021

How safe international meetings can help Hong Kong achieve an economic reset

Hong Kong has managed the logistics of holding a major international art fair, book fair and industry conferences during the pandemic without seeing outbreaks. Holding one or two premier events with visitors from low-risk locations will boost confidence and cement Hong Kong’s status as a hub for safe meetings.

January 16, 2020

Steps needed to cool down heat-stressed cities in Asia

Battling urban heat is becoming an increasingly urgent challenge, threatening those living in densely populated cities around Asia who suffer the effects of rising temperatures. By Program Director Janet Pau.

December 31, 2019

The View: Hong Kong’s economic destiny looks grim, given its ageing population and a younger generation culturally pressured to conform

Hong Kong is the fastest-ageing economy in the world, and has the lowest population share of children under 14. The city faces a grim economic fate, unless the older and younger generations can work together to change the growth model. By Program Director Janet Pau.

September 17, 2019

The View: No wonder Hongkongers are frustrated when the system is so unequal, unaffordable and uncaring

Hong Kong’s youth and its middle class no longer believe in upward mobility and see little but more competition ahead. Facing economic insecurity and disconnect from older generations, they turn to protests as a way of belonging. A new social contract is needed to restore faith. By Program Director Janet Pau.

June 18, 2019

The View: As the US-China trade war bites, Hong Kong’s economic survival rests on its liberal values

Hong Kong needs to trim its dependence on the services sector, accelerate research and development, and open up new growth paths — and key to its economic survival are its fundamental values of personal and judicial freedoms. By Program Director Janet Pau.