Today's conference focuses on the issues revolving around Hong Kong's role as an international hub of the Pearl River Delta. Issues to be discussed will include Hong Kong and the delta and global competitiveness for the area. The programme starts with welcoming remarks followed by an opening by Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa. This is followed by a keynote speech - 'Greater PRD Development: A Central Government's View' - to be given by Zhang Guobao, deputy director of the State Development and Reform Commission. Specialists on the Pearl River Delta will also talk about the implications for Hong Kong and lessons from Shanghai. Taking part are Professor Michael Enright, Sun Hung Kai Properties professor, School of Business, University of Hong Kong; Professor Zheng Tianxiang, professor, Centre for Pearl River Delta Research, Zhongshan (Sun Yat-sen University); Professor Richard Wong, dean, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Hong Kong. The conference will include a number of breakout sessions. The first is entitled 'Building the Bridge and Other Gaps in Infrastructure'. This session will look at how uncontrolled growth affects infrastructure and how to build for the future. Panellists are Andrew Brandler, group managing director and chief executive, CLP Holdings; Sir Gordon Wu, chairman, Hopewell Holdings; James Blake, senior director, capital projects, Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp; Fred Brown, chief executive, MVA Group; and Dong Yan, director, Institute of Comprehensive Transportation, State Development and Planning Commission. 'Riding the Dragon' will discuss how to get to the next phase in terms of global competitiveness. The panellists include Joseph Fu, deputy managing partner, tax specialised services, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu; Pauline Ngan, deputy chairman and managing director, Mainland Headwear Holdings; Professor Otto Lin, president and chief executive, Tsing-Tech Innovations; and Eddie Ng, chairman, international committee, Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management. There will be a luncheon keynote speech - 'Cepa and the PRD' - by Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen. Lunch will be followed by a third breakout session which will explore ways Hong Kong must evolve to develop as a producer services hub for the delta. Panellists are Lau Ping-cheung, Legislative Council member; Lee Cheuk-yan, general secretary, Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions; Emmanuel Pitsilis, partner, McKinsey & Co, Hong Kong; Andy Xie, managing director, Morgan Stanley; Mike Butcher, chief operating officer, PCCW; and Roger Uren, vice-president, international affairs, Phoenix TV. A final breakout session will look at ports and logistics. Speakers will be Raymond Fan, secretary, Hong Kong Logistics Development Council; Eddy Chan, regional vice-president, China and Mid-Pacific, Federal Express; Vincent Wong, executive director, Kerry Logistics Network; and Erik Christensen, managing director, Modern Terminals. A Cities Forum will be held with discussions between vice-mayors He Xiansong of Jiangmen, Liang Yimin of Foshan and Zhang Shunguang of Dongguan. The closing plenary of the conference will focus on regional planning and co-ordination for the Pearl River Delta. Panellists are Kitty Choi, head, Hong Kong Guangdong Co-operation Co-ordination Unit; Dr Leong Che-hung, chairman, Hong Kong Hospital Authority; Tang King-shing, director of operations, Hong Kong Police; and Dr Sze Nien-dak, executive director, The 2022 Foundation.