November is a busy month for Hong Kong. Having grappled with the coronavirus for nearly three years, the city is hosting a series of mega events this week, notably an international finance summit and later the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament. The return of these high-profile events is not only testimony to the concerted efforts of the authorities and the people who are battling the pandemic, but also an excellent opportunity to promote the city. With the theme of “Navigating Beyond Uncertainty”, the Global Financial Leaders’ Investment Summit has drawn overseas business chiefs to share their insights on the challenges and chances that present themselves amid economic and political turbulence. Topical issues, such as a sustainable finance industry and innovation will also be covered during the three-day conference. Hong Kong FinTech Week, which is being held at the same time, features conferences on a digital road map, investment and regulation. A medical conference and exhibition will also be staged by the Trade Development Council. With an array of stringent health restrictions in place following five waves of Covid-19, it makes sense for the city to host such events and ensure those who attend them feel most welcome. As in the case of the renowned Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, special arrangements and exemptions have been introduced to make sure people taking part will not be unduly inconvenienced, and an eating ban during the rugby spectacle was lifted at the last minute. However, a negative rapid antigen test result is still required from those who enter Hong Kong Stadium. The toughest test will be to win back overseas confidence. Having been cut off from the world for so long, the mega events will inevitably draw international attention and come under intense media scrutiny. But arguably it is also the best time to let visitors from abroad see for themselves how normality is gradually returning. Other sporting events, such as the signature Hong Kong Marathon and annual cycling festival, are also back on the calendar. Hong Kong and Singapore battle to lure fintech leaders to competing mega events Meanwhile, the South China Morning Post will launch the inaugural Hong Kong Asean Summit on Thursday, bringing together business leaders, policymakers and entrepreneurs from Hong Kong, mainland China and other parts of Asia to discuss what the immediate future holds for the city. Separately, Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu and other top officials will also venture out to promote the city overseas. While it is good to see such events return, it will take more time and effort to show the world that we have put the worst behind us. Notwithstanding some positive signs of recovery, the city is still feeling the strain of Covid-19. Restrictions will have to be further eased in order to get Hong Kong truly back on track.