Peter Wong, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, has been re-elected Chairman of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC) for the coming year.
Wong said he was honoured to have been re-elected, and thanked members for their continued support and trust.
“Despite a sharp economic rebound in the first quarter of 2021, the domestic economy is still subdued, and the economic outlook uncertain. We hope the Government can support companies that have yet to see a recovery in the domestic market due to social-distancing restrictions, work towards reopening the border and increasing vaccination rates,” Wong said.
With vaccination programmes now being rolled out globally, Hong Kong’s vaccination rates will need to increase before we get close to herd immunity. “The Chamber is running a campaign to encourage members to share in a short video clip why they have had their Covid-19 vaccination. We hope that this will encourage others to get inoculated, and therefore allow business and travel to get back to normal. The faster we can overcome this pandemic, the faster we can return to normality,” he said.
As the Mainland economy is recovering well, Wong said businesses should take advantage of the increased development in the Mainland, especially the Greater Bay Area. “We proposed to the Government that Hong Kong should launch the GBA Youth Employment Scheme. So far, our members have already offered to provide almost 600 jobs to Hong Kong graduates who wish to take advantage of career opportunities in the GBA,” he added.
The election was held at the inaugural meeting of the new General Committee immediately after the HKGCC’s Annual General Meeting on the evening of 7 May. Leland Sun, Managing Director of Pan Asian Mortgage Co Ltd, was re-elected as Deputy Chairman.
Oscar Chow, Non-Executive Director of Chevalier International Holdings Ltd, Victor Li, Chairman and Managing Director of CK Asset Holdings Ltd, and Douglas Woo, Chairman and Managing Director of Wheelock and Co Ltd, were re-elected as Vice Chairmen.
At the Annual General Meeting, members elected a total of six members to fill the seats on the General Committee – the governing body of the Chamber – who were required to step down this year. Five of them were re-elected, respectively:
Nicholas Brooke, Chairman, Professional Property Services Ltd;
Benjamin Hung, Chief Executive Officer, Asia of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd;
Jacob Kam, Chief Executive Officer, MTR Corporation Ltd;
Neville Shroff, Chairman and CEO, Shroff & Co Ltd; and
Yu Pang Chun, Director and General Manager of Yue Hwa Chinese Products Emporium Ltd.
Peter K N Lam, Chairman of Lai Sun Garment (International) Ltd, was newly elected to the General Committee.
Following is an updated list of the General Committee.
Chairman: Peter Wong
Deputy Chairman: Leland Sun
Vice Chairmen: Oscar Chow, Victor Li, Douglas Woo
LegCo Representative: Jeffrey K F Lam
General Committee Members:
Guy Bradley, Nicholas Brooke, Agnes Chan, Jennifer Chan, Allen Fung, Aron Harilela, Stanley Hui, Benjamin Hung, Jacob Kam, Peter K N Lam, Ronald Lee, David Lie, Y K Pang, Neville Shroff, Sun Yu, Emil Yu, Yu Pang Chun, Edmond Yue and Betty Yuen