Hong Kong Set to Host Consensus 2025

Updated March 11, 2024 2 min read

Hong Kong Set to Host Consensus 2025

Hong Kong Set to Host Consensus 2025

Hong Kong Set to Host Consensus 2025

Hong Kong is positioning itself as a leading destination for virtual asset enterprises, with the announcement that Consensus 2025, a premier event in the virtual assets world, will be hosted in the city. This move is part of Hong Kong's broader strategy to attract international virtual asset businesses and establish itself as a global virtual assets hub.

Consensus 2025 is scheduled to take place at the prestigious Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event is being organized by CoinDesk, a notable name in US virtual assets media, and marks a significant moment for Hong Kong, showcasing the city's commitment to becoming a central node in the virtual asset industry. This commitment follows Hong Kong's 2022 declaration to support and grow its virtual asset sector, making Consensus 2025 one of the most anticipated international virtual assets conferences in the city to date.

Hong Kong's Vision for Crypto Leadership

The initiative to host Consensus 2025 in Hong Kong reflects a concerted effort by local government agencies, including the Hong Kong Tourism Board. The fact that the Hong Kong Tourism Board is actively working to bring virtual assets events like Consensus underscore Hong Kong's genuine interest in fostering the development of virtual assets and Web3 technologies. According to some business leaders in Hong Kong, the government's determination to advance this sector is unwavering.

"The Hong Kong government's resolve to foster the development of web3 and digital assets is for real," said King Leung, InvestHK's head of financial services and fintech.

Global Virtual Asset Innovators

The upcoming Consensus conference in Hong Kong is set to feature an impressive lineup of participants from across the world, including prominent companies from the US, Europe, and the Middle East. The event will also cater to a broader virtual assets audience, including Fortune 500 CEOs, government officials, and leading entrepreneurs. This diverse mix of attendees is expected to foster a rich exchange of ideas and insights, further solidifying Hong Kong's position as a global virtual assets hub.

This years event, Consensus 2024, will have speakers such as:

  • Chris Dixon, Founder and Managing Partner, a16z crypto
  • Cathie Wood, Founder and CEO, ARK Invest
  • Anatoly Yakovenko, Founder and CEO, Solana Labs
  • Michael Sonnenshein, CEO, Grayscale
  • Jan van Eck, CEO, VanEck
  • Hester M. Peirce, Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Regulatory Advances and Industry Support

To secure its position as a virtual assets-friendly destination, Hong Kong has significantly expanded its regulatory framework over the past year. Efforts include the introduction of a mandatory licensing system for centralized virtual assets exchanges, allowing them to cater to retail investors. This new virtual assets regime has attracted applications from 24 firms, notably some of the largest platforms in the virtual assets sphere, such as OKX, many of which have connections to mainland China or Hong Kong.

Furthermore, Hong Kong is in the process of regulating stablecoins and over-the-counter virtual assets shops, in addition to implementing new regulations for banks that provide virtual asset custody services. These steps illustrate Hong Kong's comprehensive approach to creating a secure and robust environment for virtual assets businesses and enthusiasts alike.

By hosting Consensus 2025 and reinforcing its regulatory infrastructure, Hong Kong is clearly laying the groundwork to become a key player in the global virtual assets landscape.

Be sure to check out our previous coverage: List of Hong Kong Virtual Asset Trading Platforms.