Dear members,

Over the past two months, the Executive Committee had a series of discussions aiming to further develop the directions and various priorities of CRECCHKI in 2018-20.  We have set clear roles and responsibilities for members of the Executive Committee and agreed on a theme for guiding our works in our current tenure which is, “ Lead the ChangeUsher in a new era | 引入新思維 帶領新時代

I am also happy to announce that our Advisory Board is officially formed.  Chaired by Sr. Marco Wu, GBS, SBS, the Advisory Board comprises the following members:

The Executive Committee looks forward to working closely with the Advisory Board in leading our chamber to be an influential real estate association representing all sectors within the real estate industry in Hong Kong SAR and the Mainland, PRC.

Our Government & Research Committee has been tirelessly advocating for building a better Greater Bay Area.  Led by Mr. Yu Kam Hung, our Vice Chairman, the committee published an opinion paper on Cost and Benefits of "Lantau Tomorrow Vision" (對「明日大嶼願景」計劃成本與效益的意見) in March.  The paper was sent to key government officials including Mrs. Carrie Lam GBM, GBS, the Chief Executive, and Hon Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, GBM, GBS, JP, the Chief Secretary for Administration of HKSAR Government. Subsequently on 1 April, we were honored to have Mr. Robin Lee, Principal Project Coordinator of Sustainable Lantau Office of the Civil Engineering and Development Department, HKSAR Government, to brief us on Lantau Tomorrow this major government initiative during our special sharing luncheon.  The event was well attended by 76 members.


We also continue to promote networking and explore business opportunities for members in international markets. Invited by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), representatives from the Executive Committees have an excellent meeting with Ms. Iris Wong, Director of Belt and Road & External Relations, and Ms. Jenny Koo, Director of Service Promotion when we discussed and explored opportunities for collaboration between CRECCHKI and HKTDC.  In April, I also attended a HKTDC’s networking luncheon in honour of President Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez, the President of the Republic of Panama.

Youngsters are our future. To provide a platform for the young talents to explore the real estate industry and enhance their professional and personal development, this year we have formed a new committee namely Leaders of Tomorrow (LoT).  Led by Mr. Ivan Ho, our Executive Committee Member, LoT comprises a community of emerging talents (under age 30) who are interested in the real estate industry. LoT will organize a range of events including networking, seminars, luncheons and sports to develop opportunities for the young talents to interact among themselves as well as with the experienced industry leaders.  On 26 April, LoT organized its first event which was a career talk in the Chinese University of Hong Kong with Ms. Daria Zhang, Director and Vice President of Country Garden Properties (Hong Kong) Ltd, Mr. Ivan Ho, CEO of KaiLong Group Hong Kong, and Mr. Nigel Smith, Managing Director of Colliers International Hong Kong, as guest speakers.  Feedbacks from the participants are great and they already look forward to the next LoT's event.  Thank you Ivan and the LoT team. 

 

Following the success of Hengqin Free Trade Zone Visit in January, our Greater Bay Area Committee is organizing a Guangzhou Nansha Free Trade Zone Tour on 10 to 12 May.  Thanks to the arrangement by Mr. John Lam, our Vice Chairman, we will have the chance to learn about the latest development of Nansha from the local government officials.  In addition to visiting key infrastructure and major projects, we will also be having lunch with representatives from Guangzhou Chamber of Commerce (廣州工商聯) and GD-HK-MAC-Bay Area Economic and Trade Association (粵港澳大灣區經貿促進會). This is definitely going to be an insightful tour and I highly recommend members to join.  Please reach out to our Jason Chow for more details.

Our speakers' series including Guru Breakfast, Sharing Luncheon and Quarterly Luncheon all received good registrations from members and guests, totaling 234 participants for our speakers' events in March and April (including the Special Sharing Luncheon in April).  In addition to those reputable speakers including Mr. Donald Choi - Executive Director & CEO of Chinachem Group, Ms. Ivy Wong – Founder & CEO of VS Media Ltd., Mr. Victor Lor – Head of Capital, Asia Pacific for GSA Investment Management for Guru breakfast Chitchats; Mr. Eric Wong – Chairman and Chief Executive of Bricks & Mortar Management, Mr. Vincent Wong – General Manager, Raffles City Chongqing of CapitaLand China for Sharing Luncheons, we also had the honor to have Professor Edward KY Chen to give us a speech on “Why is Hong Kong Housing the Most Unaffordable in the World? “for the Quarterly Luncheon in March.  Thanks to Ms. Natasha Ho, our Vice Chairman - Executive, and the Intelligence Committee for arranging all these exciting speakers’ events for us.

As always, thank you for your support and I hope to see you all in our upcoming events.


Best Regards,
Dr. Charles Lam
Chairman - CRECCHKI

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