Date: 1 November 2023

The Hong Kong Public Key Infrastructure Forum (HKPKIF) has organized a workshop “PKI Reimagined: Driving Trust in the Digital Age" successfully together with Policy Research Centre for Innovation and Technology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) at PolyU.

Mr Stephan Wolf, CEO of the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF); Mr V.Srinivasan, Chairman of Asia PKI Consortium, Mr Dominic Lam, Chief Operations Officer of CMA Testing, Mr Man Ho GM of Certizen Limited and other related industry representatives, have attended the seminar, with the organizer’s representatives from PolyU - Prof. Christopher Chao, Prof. Eric Chui, Prof. Haitian Lu, Dr. Chili Wu, and Chairman of HKPKIF, Ms Eva Chan.

The purpose of the seminar was to explore the opportunities and challenges presented by the digital age for Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and identity protection. Specifically, the event explored the advancements and growth of the Global Legal Entity Identifier (LEI), delving into Hong Kong's strengths in its implementing and promotion, alongside the establishment of global trust mechanisms. 

At the seminar, the chairman of HKPKIF, Ms Eva Chan mentioned that in the digital age, stronger trust mechanisms can be established through a combination of LEI and PKI technologies. LEI provides a globally unique identifier for entities, increasing transparency and traceability, while PKI technology provides support for identity authentication, data transmission security, and digital identity management. By combining these technologies, a secure, reliable, and efficient digital economy ecosystem can be created, enhancing trust among entities. She expected to strengthen the co-operation with GLIEF and other organizations to explore and develop more extensive applications for the business development in China and overseas. At the seminar, the participants shared experiences on the current global applications of LEI, the impacts on international trading and financial services and ways to optimize how government can support the growth of the digital economy.