News in Category: 2008

Joint Chambers' Luncheon Event "Taiwan Straits Exchange & Cooperation, Now and Beyond"

2008 marks the 30th anniversary of China's reform and open door policy, the 20th anniversary of Taiwan Straits exchange & cooperation movement and the resumption of official meeting of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) and China's association of Relationships Across Taiwan Straits (ARATS). ARATS's Chairman, Mr. Chen Yun-lin's historical and most unforgettable visit (according to his own words) to Taiwan just came to a surprising conclusion. So what's next? Guest speaker Mr. Alexander Pan, Chairman of Asia Pacific Taiwan Federation of Industry & Commerce & CEO of Union Asia Pacific Group shared a talk with us.

The 38th InterCham Young Professionals Cocktail

Another fabulous networking event co-organized by the French, Italian and Swedish Chambers of Commerce in Hong Kong. The event provided an excellent opportunity to mingle and meet with hundreds of members from 27 international business organizations in Hong Kong. All proceeds were donated to the HKU-Pasteur Research Centre (HKU-PRC), a charitable organization created by The University of Hong Kong and Institute Pasteur to fight infectious diseases in Hong Kong, China and the larger Asia Region.

The 37th InterCham Young Professionals Cocktail

Splash into summertime and mingle with hundreds of young professionals from 27 international business organizations in Hong Kong! Proceeds of the cocktail were donated to The Home of Loving Faithfulness, a charitable organization for children and adults with disabilities.

Thailand Elite Investment Network Gala Dinner

Thailand Privilege Card Co Ltd organized a gala dinner event "Thailand Investment Networking Opportunity" at Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong to introduce and promote investment in Thailand. The purpose was to create an understanding among Chinese businessmen in Hong Kong through Thailand economic climate as well as establish various connections with the prestigious group in each specific industry. It was an honour to have Dr. Allan Zeman, GBS, JP, Chairman of LKF Holdings Ltd as the special guest speaker in this event.

Joint Chambers' Breakfast Presentation "European Monetary Union and Monetary"

Approaching the 10th Birthday of the euro a stock-taking of the economic outcomes clearly points to a remarkable achievement of the price stability, thereby clearly defying the early skeptics of European Monetary Union and proving the high degree of credibility of the common monetary policy. However, price stability is a common good that has to be safeguarded in a constantly changing economic and financial environment. Thus, past successes are by no means a reason for complacency. This is especially true, given the current challenges for economic and price stability due to financial market tensions and energy and food price increases. In his talk, guest speaker Prof. Dr. Axel A Weber, President of the Deutsche Bundesbank, analyzed the experiences with the common European currency as well as the current challenges.

HKTBC Annual General Meeting 2008

HKTBC Annual General Meeting 2008

About 30 members attended the Council's Annual General Meeting. Our Chairman, Mr. Bernard Chan, summarized the past activities of the Council and stressed that the mission in 2009 and beyond was again, to expand the number and range of activities.

Mr. Horst Geicke, Mr. Kenneth Gaw, Mr. Tom V. Chatjaval and Mr. William Chao were re-elected as Directors for the ensuing year. Simultaneously, Ernst & Young was re-appointed the Council's Honorary Auditors. The current Board of Directors consists of 10 directors:

1) The Hon Bernard Chan, President of Asia Financial Group

2) Mr. William Chao, Managing Director of Wing Wah Limited

3) Mr. Tom V. Chatjaval, Founder and Chairman & CEO of TVC Management Ltd

4) Mr. Kenneth Gaw, President & Managing Principal of Gaw Capital

5) Mr. Horst Geicke, Chairman and Co-Founder of Pacific Alliance Group, VinaCapital Group

6) M. Clayton Hebbard, Consultant of Grant Thornton

7) Dr. Harry Lee, Managing Director of TAL Apparel Limited

8) Mr. Willy Lin, Managing Director of Milo's Knitwear (International) Ltd

9) Mrs. Katherine Ngan, Executive Director of May Cheong Toy Products Fty Ltd

10) Mr. Raphael Tong, Managing Director of Shanghai Mister Softee Food Products Co Limited

We were honored to have a special guest joining us at the luncheon right after our AGM, Mr. Thanong Khanthong, Editor of The Nation, Bangkok - Thailand's leading English-language newspaper and one of the most respected newspapers in Asia. Mr. Khanthong was previously the paper's Managing Editor and Business Editor and is renowned for his incisive analysis into the Thai political and economic scene.

Joint Chamber Luncheon Event "Managing Business in China"

Guest speaker Dr. Han J Roth, Consul General of Switzerland in Hong Kong, has a long Chinese experience that he gathered over the past 30 years. He studied Mandarin and socialist economic theory in the late 70s right after the initial opening up of China. After entering into the Foreign Ministry, Dr. Roth's China experience was enriched with postings as Deputy Head of Mission at the Swiss Embassy in Beijing from 1990 to 1995 and as Consul General of Switzerland in Shanghai from 2001-2006. Dr. Roth concentrates essentially on intercultural questions in business and management and has just published two books, "Managing China" and "Leitfaden China".

Joint Chambers' Breakfast Event "10th NPC & CPPCC: Prospects for Economic and Political reforms, Where is China's Economy Heading?"

Following the conclusion of the 10th National People's Congress & Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference held recently, the Honourable Jeffrey Lam, SBS, JP, Legislative Council Representative, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce Managing Director and Forward Winsome Industries Ltd, analyzed the recent Chinese initiatives on substantial economic development and, in the face of the sub-prime crisis in the US, how well China was able to withstand its impact and where China's economy was heading and by what means. Dr. Willy Lam, Adjunct Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Hong Kong and Akita International University in Japan, assessed the prospects for economic and political reform, the political significance of the Olympics and the 30th anniversary of Deng Xiaoping's reform crusade.