The Chamber was founded in 1861 and had the first meeting at the former Hong Kong Club.
The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce was formed in 1861, merely 20 years after the city of Hong Kong was founded. Our original membership consisted of 62 companies and banks. At the inaugural meeting 150 years ago, the Chamber's role was clearly set out:
"The object of the Chamber shall be to watch over and protect the general interests of Commerce, to collect information on all matters of interest to the Mercantile Community, and to use every means within its power for the removal of evils, the redress of grievances, and the promotion of the common good; to communicate with authorities and other thereupon; to form a code of practice whereby the transaction of business may be simplified and facilitated; to receive references; and to arbitrate between disputants -- the decisions in such references to be recorded for future guidance."
Today, we take pride in our strong membership base, and the spirit of the Chamber's original objective remains, as demonstrated in our mission statement: "To promote, represent and safeguard the interests of the Hong Kong business community." In short, we help our members do business.