Hong Kong and Zurich are among the most expensive cities in the world, ranking as the second and the third in the Worldwide Cost of Living index respectively. In the meantime, their approaches of welfare policies are vastly different – maybe it is too soon to tell which model is more sustainable, but it is beneficial for us to embark on the discussion on sustainable welfare policy and to encourage inter-city exchanges.
In 2020, the Canton of Geneva in Switzerland introduced the highest minimum monthly salary in the world, of an hourly rate of 23 Swiss francs (around HK$195). According to The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Swiss people feel more economically secure and more satisfied with social service provision than respondents in most other OECD countries. On the other hand, as the second-largest IPO market for companies to be listed, Hong Kong is crowned as the "freest economy" in the world. Comparing different welfare models, what makes a more sustainable economic model for the future? What are the best policies in tackling poverty and unemployment? Is there a fine line between prosperity and labor welfare?
Join us for an evidence-based discussion with the scholars from Switzerland and Hong Kong SAR to dive into the making of a sustainable economic model as we reimagine the future.
Nov 29, 2021
7 PM - 8 PM (GMT+8)
In the face of uncertainties, Asia Society Hong Kong Center has curated the Reimagining the Future Series to examine important issues in the region and the globe. By convening leading thinkers and policy makers, we aim to foster city-wide exchanges and encourage discussion on issues affecting our shared future, including trade policy, sustainable economic models, culture, public health and education etc.