The Hong Kong Information Infrastructure Expo and Conference 2003 is to host a forum on Friday to bring together financiers and enterprises in the field of information and communications technology. The Financing Forum will aim to build on Hong Kong's position as Greater China's financial centre by providing a platform for enterprises and financiers to explore mutually beneficial relationships at what is a crucial juncture in the development of the industry. The forum, organised by the Hong Kong Venture Capital Association and Asian Venture Capital Journal , will also present a number of venture capital activities. A number of speakers are scheduled to address the gathering on issues in the venture capital market and financing opportunities in Asia. Rachel Chan, director of services promotion at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, will deliver the forum's opening address. She will be followed by the chairman of the Hong Kong Venture Capital Association, Monique Lau, who will deliver the event's opening remarks ahead of a series of project presentations. There will be 10 presentations of 10 minutes each. Speakers invited by the Venture Capital Association will then hold a panel discussion focusing on topics including the changing role of venture capital in the information technology industry, what appeals to venture capital, China's outlook and the future role of Hong Kong from the perspective of a financier. Suzanne Liu, chairwoman of the Women Business Owner's Club, who has been eyeing venture capital developments in the industry, says: 'This is a particularly challenging time for both sides of the information and communications technology enterprise game, but the opportunities presented by security issues will be a dynamo for growth in coming years.' The forum will conclude with a networking hour, when participants will get the chance to explore the opportunies presented by speakers. The Financing Forum will be held on Friday afternoon in Room 201B of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.