Hello, this is Kenji from Hong Kong, where everyday life is gradually returning to normal. After three-plus years of various restrictions, the mask mandate was finally lifted on Wednesday. A number of Hong Kong-listed companies are switching back from virtual to real press conferences for the annual earnings season, which will get into full swing this month.
Other business-related events, such as Credit Suisse's annual investment conference, will also be held in-person for the first time in three years. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority will co-host a central bankers' conference this month as the local government attempts to repair its reputation as an international hub, which has been tarnished by harsh pandemic policies and political repression.