It has only been a few weeks since I became CEO of HKGCC, but even in such a short space of time it is clear that this is a truly dynamic organization. Although I’ve been active in the Chamber for many years as a member, working here full-time offers a different perspective as I familiarize myself with the day-to-day operations and meet members and visitors.
These are exceptional times for businesses and organizations in Hong Kong, and the Chamber is no exception. Currently, our Head Office in Admiralty is not the usual hive of activity hosting its usual schedule of events and meeting with visitors. But that is not to say that we have been dormant – quite the opposite – as we have been organizing a variety of online events.
In my first week alone, the Chamber hosted webinars on topics including corporate culture, supply chain disruption, investing in start-ups, women in technology, and the Mainland’s latest VAT changes. This was in addition to several online training workshops and virtual meetings of a number of our committees and working groups.
So I trust that our programme of informative and knowledge-sharing events continues to be of interest to members, even amid the current constraints.
We also held our Annual General Meeting in May. With health and safety as our priority, we hosted a scaled-down event, with most members attending virtually. The AGM also provided a useful refresher on HKGCC’s work over the past year. It was impressive to hear how hard our committees have been working on members’ behalf, from sharing your views with the Government to providing practical assistance and guidance.
Over the next year, the Chamber will focus its efforts on helping businesses weather through the current upheaval. Right now, Hong Kong is one of the few jurisdictions with a relatively low number of Covid-19 cases, thanks to the combined efforts of the SAR Government and citizens. As the immediate risk has receded, we welcome the relaxation of some of the measures that have helped to safeguard our health.
Here at the Chamber, we will also be preparing for the return to normalcy. But I also plan to introduce new features and services to the Chamber’s offerings. To make sure these hit the mark, we would like to hear from you on what you like and – more importantly – dislike, and your thoughts on improving the Chamber’s services, events and work.
This will allow us to tailor our work to better serve your needs as we enter a post-coronavirus environment.