2017年11月19日 星期 日
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Review of the HKCEA’s Major Activities in 2005
 

2006 is the 15th anniversary of the Hong Kong Chinese Enterprises Association (hereinafter briefed as the Association). Over the past 15 years, the Association, with the support and participation of member companies have done a lot in fostering closer linkage with Hong Kong business community, participating various social affairs, promoting the exchanges between Hong Kong and the Mainland of China, safeguarding the interests of member companies. Thanks to the above continuous commitment, the Association has successfully shored up its social influence, and become one of the most famous chamber of commerce in Hong Kong.


BUSINESS AFFAIRS

Strenthening communication with the HKSAR Government

After Hong Kong’s handover to China, the Association and its member companies support the HKSARG to govern Hong Kong in accordance with the Basic Law and the principle of One Country Two Systems. Over the years, a mechanism has come into being that the Chief Executive of the HKSAR and the Office Bearers of the Association have two formal appointments a year. The Honourable Tung Chee Hwa, former Chief Executive, and Chief Executive the Honourable Donald Tseng, attend important events held by the Association very often. During the appointment, the two sides lively exchange views on economic affairs of Hong Kong and how to sharpen Hong Kong competitiveness.

From time the time, the Association’s Office Bearers, meet and exchange views with Secretary of Administration, Secretary of Finance, Secretary of Justice and other principal officials of the HKSARG, as well as heads of the Monetary Authority, Commission on Securities and Futures Supervision, the Productivity Council, the Hong Kong Exhanges and other public agencies.

The Association has commited to take an active part in the economic affairs of Hong Kong and the consultative hirarchy of the HKSARG, such as the Economic and Employment Committee, Strategic Development Committees, Greater Pearl Delta Business Committee, the Airport Authority, etc. With the aim to revitalizing Hong Kong Economy, the Association have made a lot of suggestion and proposals on repositioning Hong Kong economy, public financing, improving the business environment, etc.

The Association have formed excellent cooperative relations with the Indepent Council of Anticorruption of Hong Kong. Over the years, the two sides have joined efforts in helping employees of member companies to reinforce the norm of holding back from corruption and to follow the legitimate business ethnics. And as one of the members of the Hong Kong Ethnics Development Consultative Committee (ICAC), the Association, in collaboration with other organs, has spared no efforts in helping maintain the equal and clean business environment of Hong Kong.To this end, the Association has participated in many events sponsored by ICAC, such as Leaders Forum 2005 ----- Intergrity Ensuring Excellent Governance, Seminar on Integrity and Corporate Governance Between Hong Kong and the Mainland, and so forth. 

The Association and its member companies continually actively respond to various policy and legal consultation papers, such as abolishment of the inheretage tax, amending Company Ordinance (Amendment), enforcing each other’s civil judicial decisions between Hong Kong and the Mainland, etc. The active participation enables the HKSARG to consider the views and interests of the Association’s member companies, during making its policy options.

The Association has always been keeping a keen eye on the governance of the HKSARG. Over the years, a few conversaziones and seminars have been held to discuss the Accountability System of the Principal Officials and the Policy Address of the SARG. In addition, the Association puts forward some suggestion for policy improvement. In 2003, for instance, the Association wrote to related department of the SARG and asked them to overhaul the rules of construction projects biding system in order for a healthy competition in the building industry.

 

Enhancing linkages with Hong Kong Business Community

The Association has been actively enhancing linkages with Hong Kong business circle, and has built up good cooperative relations with main business organizations, professional bodies and medias. And over 60 large-scale conventions, seminars, symposiums and fairs have been co-organized over the years. And the Association has also established close partnership with principal chambers of commerce in Hong Kong, and many influential business events have been co-sponsored with joined efforts. On every 1st July and 1st October, for instance, the chambers co-sponsor receptions to celebrate Hong Kong’s return to the Motherland and the National Day. They also jointly organize captioned luncheons, dinner parties, seminars, etc., with the focus on hot topics with common concern in business community. This allows members from different chambers of commerce to exchange information and explore business opportunities.

In 2005, the Association participated in the Programme of One Factory One Environmentally Friendly Project a Year to promote environment protection among enterprises based on the Pearl Delta. It also organized member representatives to attend a large luncheon held during the 38th annual conference of the Pacific Basin Economic Council. And the Association also took part in quite a few important business events, including SMEs International Market Day, New Techs and Designs Fair. And Mr. Shen Liantao, chairman of Securities and Futures Supervision Commission, was invited to speak at the conference of directors of the Association to speak on corporate governance of listed companies and corporate finance by Chinese enterprises in Hong Kong.

 

Exchanges with Representative Organizations of Foreign Government, and Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Hong Kong

The Association has forged broad linkages with representative organizations of foreign government and foreign chambers of commerce in Hong Kong, and has joined hands with the consulates-general in co-organizing seminars and project promotion activities, with the aim to let member companies to have more understanding about the market and business environment of related countries. In collaboration with the French Federation of Industries and Commerce in Hong Kong, the Dutch Business Association in Hong Kong, the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong individually, the Association has organized some liaison parties, and seminars on hot issues with shared strong interests, such as deregulation of China Mainland insurance sector, reform and development updates of China Mainland banking sector, outlook of China telecommunication and IT technological industry, etc.

In 2005, the Association held a liaison reception with the French Federation of Industries and Commerce, and co-sponsored an evening briefing “London --- the Key to Global Financing” with the British Consulate General in Hong Kong and London Exchanges. During the year, the Association also increased contacts with some other foreign government representative organizations, business and commercial associations and professional bodies, such as Japan External Trade Organizaiton, Queensland-China Council, Denmark Consulate General in Hong Kong, and American Association of Financial Professionals, etc.

 

SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Promoting the Basic Law

As a chamber of commerce with strong commitment to the nation and Hong Kong, the Association keeps a keen eye on the political issues in connection with national sovereignty, stability and prosperity of Hong Kong, such a enactment on Article 23 of the Basic Law of the HKSAR of PRC, supporting the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in interpreting the Basic Law and exercise a leading authority in developing future constitutional system for the HKSAR. And to promote the Basic Law among the employees of Chinese enterprises, the Association, over the past few years, has organized several large-scale talk and seminars on the law. And high-ranking officials from the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR, and the government of the HKSAR and specialists were invited to address the legal principles.

Active Participating in Anti-SARS Activities

In the Spring of 2003, an unexpected infectious disease of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) almost melted Hong Kong down. In order to encourage Hong Kong people to fight against the disease and get the economy back on track, the Association joined hands with other six organizations initiating “Full Mobilization Against SARS” and “Hong Kong is My Home – Supporting Medical Workers of the Forefront Fighting Against SARS” Fund Raising Activities. The participating organizations held a rally with 5,000 people at the Victoria Park on 4 May aiming to mobilizing and unifying people’s courage, and later set up over 140 stations across the Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and New Territory to mobilize donations for the medical workers of the forefront of the fight against the epidemic. Besides, China Art Troupe of the Disable was invited to give two performances in honour of the front-line medical workers and the Anti-SARS Volunteers. The Association and a lot of staff of Chinese enterprises actively participated in the serials activities.

Supporting Social Charity Affairs

The Association and member companies, always with a strong social consciousness, have been continuously devoted to social charity undertakings and social welfare. Over the past years, they actively have take part in the various donation mobilizing events, such as “Hong Kong and Kowloon Walk for Millions”, “Community for the Chest”, “Four Seas Dance for the Chest”, organized by the Community Chest, and also charitable sales and donation to help the disadvantaged women and children, donation for establishing the Home of Hong Kong Anti-Japanese Invasion Fighters, donations to the “Lifeline Express” to help poor cataract patients in China Mainland rural areas. In the respect of education, among others, the Association and its member companies have made remarkable donations to educational development programmes in Mainland of China, Project Hope, “Spring Bud Plan”, “Sowers Action”, etc.

Organizing Large Scale Celebration Events

The Association organizes large-scale mass events every year in commemoration or celebration of Hong Kong’s return to her motherland and National Day of PRC. These events, co-organized with other social organizations, include comprehensive artistic shows, Carnivals in memory of Hong Kong’s return to her motherland, grand joyful parades and evening parties on the National Days. The events and functions attracted thousands of visitors to join and had a very wide and active social influence.

At the very beginning of 2005, the Association, in joined efforts with a dozen of influential social organizations, held “Walk Hand-in-hand to a Brighter Future”, and participated in the “Four Seas Full of Love” Charity Mobilization for Tsunamis Affected People in South Asia, organized by the HKSARG. Just in one month, the Association and member companies donated more than 13 million dollars. 

After the Honourable Tung Chee Hwa, the former Chief Executive of the HKSAR, was elected as Vice Chairman of National Committee, Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the Association joined hands with 23 other social organizations in holding a grand evening party to dignify his contribution to practicing the “One Coutry, Two System” principle. And over 400 organizations across Hong Kong joined the event as co-organizers.

On 1 July 2005, the Association and other 18 organizations initiated a grand parade in celebration the 8th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to her motherland. And over 800 societies across joined the function. On the National Day, the Association jointly sponsored an evening party with Home Affairs Depart and Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the HKSARG in celebration of the 53rd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

Commemorating the Victory of Anti-Japanese Invasion

2005 was the 60th anniversary of the victory of Chinese people in anti-Japanese invasion. To help staff of member companies to enrich their understanding of the history of both the motherland and Hong Kong, as well as the great national spirit embodied in the history, the Association organized a series of commemorating events, including “Under the Same Sky” large-scale music show, “On Mountain Tai Hang” film reception and a tour to Sai Kung Memorial in Memory of the Anti-Japanese Heroes. Besides, the Association also actively involved in several parties, luncheons and exhibitions with the theme of commemorating the victory of Chinese people in the anti-Japanese war co-organized with some other societies.

 

EXCHANGES BETWEEN THE MAINLAND AND HONG KONG

Promoting Economic Exchanges and Cooperation

The Association, from the very beginning, has taken its special advantage to bridge the needs of business communities of Hong Kong and those of the Mainland, and devoted to facilitating the economic cooperation across the borders. Over the years, the Association has received over 500 business missions from the Mainland of China, and successfully co-organized or took part in hundreds of trade fairs, commodity exhibitions and symposiums, etc., held in Hong Kong by individual provinces, autonomous regions and municipal cities of the Mainland China. In this course, the Association have contributed a lot, including giving advice to how to better the effect of the business activities, and helping promote the business events among member companies and foreign chambers of commerce. In 2005, for instance, the Association received more than 30 delegations from the Mainland and co-organized 65 trade fairs and investment symposiums held by 15 provinces of Mainland China.

To increase communication with individual department of the central government, the Association organized delegations to Beijing. The missions paid visits to ministers of individual department of the State Council, to get the first-hand information on economic policy updates and request them to help resolve the difficulties encountered by member companies in their business operation on the Mainland of China. In every visit, the missions had the chance to meet up and talk to China national leaders.

In order to help member companies and business communities of Hong Kong to know more about updates of the economic reform and development on the Mainland, the Association, over the years, held captioned seminars, luncheons, etc., and officials from various department of the central government and experts were invited to speak bout the economic situation, policies, newly-enacted rules and regulation in economic regime of the Mainland.

The Association has also organized dozens of delegations to the Mainland to explore business opportunities to promote inbound investment in some regions. Aligning with the national strategies of “Exploring the West”, “Rise of Central China”, “Revitalizing China Northeast” for instance, the Association dispatched a few missions to China western provinces, such as Sichuan, Gansu, Shanxi, Jiangxi, Hunan, Henan, Liaoning, Jilin and Helongjiang, etc., to assess the local business environment and investment potential.

In 2005, eight delegations were sent to the Mainland to attend regional fairs and symposiums. Among these were the 13th China Lanzhou Investment & Trade Fair, Northeast Asian Investment & Trade Fair, Taihu Fair, Hainan Provincial Highlighted Industries Promotion Fair, the 2nd Pan-PRD Regional Economic and Trade Cooperation Fair, the 9th China International Fair for Investment and Trade. After the fairs, the delegates paid visits to the cities in vicinity to examine local market.

On the other hand, the Association has actively joined hands with the investment promotions by the HKSARG, and helped InvestHK to promote the good business environment of Hong Kong to the Mainland firms. To this end, the sides co-sponsored several receptions and seminars, to make China Mainland firms know more about Hong Kong and particularly the potential business chances for Chinese enterprises. And in 2005, the Association recommended 8 entrepreneurs of member companies to InvestHK as Investment Promotion Ambassadors.

Supporting Exchanges in Other Areas

The Association takes an active attitude in supporting cultural, technological and sporting exchanges between Hong Kong and the Mainland. Over the years, it invited the Chinese Champions of Olympic Games to visit Hong Kong, and organized staff of Chinese enterprises to take part in the volunteer service in the National Games. During Beijing bidding for the Olympic Games of 2008, the Association, held a serial events to promote the awareness of Hong Kong people, which included “Walking Around the Victoria Peak in Supporting Beijing to Bid for the Olympic Games”, “Living in Hong Kong, Inspiring Enthusiasm in All---Supporting Beijng to Bid for the Olympic Games” and also a grand banquet in celebration of Beijing’s success in biding for the Olympic Games.

When the whole Chinese world was overwhelmed in the great joy brought about by the successful flight of the Shenzhou 5th and 6th Manned Space Mission, in October 2003, the Association co-organized large-scale celebrating parade and arts show as well as a grand joint evening party to welcome the China’s first astronaut Mr. Yang Liwei and the 5th Manned Space Mission Delegation. In 2005, during the visit to Hong Kong by the 6th Manned Space Mission Delegation, the Association co-sponsored a luncheon with other principal chambers of commerce to pay the respect to their efforts and achievements.

To bolster cooperation in technological development between Hong Kong and the Mainland, the Association and the Hong Kong Association of Advancement of Science and Technology jointly organized “Enterprises Development and Cooperation Conversazione”, and joined a delegation composed of pioneers of HK technological circle to visit Beijing and Tianjin in 2004.

 

SERVING MEMBER COMPANIES   

Business Promotion Service

In the recent years, a serial of measures were taken to reinforce the linkages between member companies so as to spark the chances for them to cooperate more in business. In addition, the Association has engaged in developing the internal business information network to better bridge up the needs and demand among member companies. And it has also taken chances of co-organizing large business events to help promote business projects for member companies, and market the favourable services, such as tourism and insurance policies.

Training Services for Member Companies

Since its establishment, the Association continuously organize a variety of training services for member companies, including talks, seminars and workshops, usually with focus on economic and market hot topics of different time covering economic policies and situation, corporate financing and governance, investment strategies, crisis management, M&A, taxation and financial management, etc. And the attendees have been up to 10 thousand in total. Dozens of captioned training programmes in business management, financial management and law have also been held and joined by hundreds of executives from member companies. In the recent years, the Association, with other main business chambers, jointly held several seminars on Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA), to help member companies to fully capitalize the Mainland market with the help of CEPA.

In 2005, the Association sponsored quite a few talks focusing on RMB exchange rate mechanism reform, Reits, real property market outlook, avian flu, with which the business community had a serious concern. And a seminar on legal framework and practice of merger and acquisition was also held to meet up the demand of member companies.

Information Service

By organizing member companies to join various seminars, policy addresses, projects promotion fairs, the Association creates chances for member companies to collect market information. On the other hand, the Association renders consultative service to help resolve problems with which member companies have encountered in business operation. In addition, the Association collects and releases a variety of information on economy, policy and market updates by newsletter and other means.

Helping Exploring Overseas Market

To help member companies to capitalize overseas market, the Association organizes delegations to different countries and regions every year. Besides attending each World Chinese Merchants Conference (WCMC), over the years, the Association’s missions have visited South Africa, Canada, the United States, Russia, Middle East, North Africa, South Europe, Latin America, Australia, etc. In 2005, the Association’s Mission joined the 10th Macao International Trade and Investment Fair and the 8th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Conference (WCEC), and paid business visits respectively Republic of Korea, Japan, Spain and Portugal. Through the visit, the delegates had a better understanding about local business environment and market potential of the countries.

Leisure and Sporting Activities and Tours

To promote exchanges and unity between member companies and enrich the cultural life of their staff, the Association organizes a variety of recreation, sporting and artistic activities, such as football, basketball, table tennis, swimming matches, sponsors Kahrah OK, photography, calligraphy and painting contests as well as comprehensive artistic shows, dancing parties and carnivals. And Joy Sharing Day of Chinese Agencies, the Association’s Sports Day and Artistic Show are the favorites of the staff of Chinese Enterprises. In addition, the Association also sponsors tours to the Mainland, visit to the barracks of the PLA Hong Kong Forces and attending the parade ceremony of the PLA Hong Kong Force, etc.

In 2005, the Association organized bridge cards contest, and sponsored the 2nd artistic show and Kahrah OK Sing Contest in celebration of the 8th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to her motherland, from which some art talents were picked up among member companies.

Reshape the Image of Chinese Enterprises

Over the recent years, the Association’s launched several press campaigns in partnership with some Hong Kong media, to propagate the reform and development accomplished by Chinese enterprises and to showcase their new image of fast and health growth, strong social consciousness and unity. These campaigns have effectively made the society know more about the updates of the Chinese enterprises as well as their outstanding contribution to prosperity and stability of Hong Kong.

 

THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICE OF SUB-COMMITTEES

Sector Committees and Professional Committees

Over the years, the Association’s Sector Committees held gatherings and other activities from time to time to exchange information on the updates of relevant sectors, to bolster development of member companies.

The Committee on Building Industry forms the mechanism of monthly member gathering, and publishes newsletter and holds annual workshop on HK’s building market. Besides, it organizes business tours and stays in close contact with some other principal professional bodies in Hong Kong.

In the year 2005, the sub-committee held a workshop with Hong Kong Federation of Building Industry and another workshop in Xi’an to share views and observations among members about Hong Kong construction market and retune development strategies.

The Financial and Accounting Affairs Steering Committee spares no effort in helping financial and accounting executives keep abreast of the updates of professional development and organizing many talks, workshops and training programmes designed to meet the demand of members. It also publishes magazines and sponsors get-togethers for financial and accounting executives of member companies, while keeping in close cooperation with other influential professional bodies and academic circle.

The professional sub-committee, in 2005, participated in the drawing-up of Hong Kong SME Financial Reporting Framework and Standards, and co-organized some luncheons and seminars on Corporate Finance and Overseas Listing, HKIFRS and cross-borders financial control. It also sponsored a few talks and training programmes for financial and accounting executives of member companies.

Committee on Transportation continually takes the lead in organizing the National Day Reception by Hong Kong Transportation Industry, co-organizes New Year Parties of Transportation Industry and plays an active role in the circle.

Committee on Insurance, Committee on Securities, Committee on Finance, Committee on Advertising, Publishing & Consultancy and Committee on Tourism hold members’ gatherings and other kind of activities from time to time to exchange business information and discuss cooperation in their respective sectors. They also have talks on hot topics for members. The Fraternity of the Mainland Window Companies is active in organizing various exchanges among member companies, and bolstering cooperation in business.

Women Committee

In 2004, the Association set up the Fraternity of Female Executives, which played an active role in taking part in the preparatory work of celebrating receptions HK women in business community on every 8th March and National Day. The fraternity also joined hands in organizing the Forum on Women and Economic Development, and did a lot in reinforce the linkages with women in HK business community.

In September 2005, the Association established Women Committee based on the fraternity, and held a grand opening reception, which was attended by over 200 guests, including Ms Guo Li, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR, female officials of the HKSARG, female members of the HK Legislative Council, representatives of female organizations and other outstanding female entrepreneurs. After starting-up, Women Committee co-sponsored a liaison evening party with the Federation of Female Professionals and Entrepreneurs of Hong Kong, and also held exchanges with other women organizations.

Youth Committee and Recreation & Sports Committee

The Association’s Youth Committee has been devoted to promote exchanges, learning and social consciousness among young staff of member companies, and to cooperate with HK youth societies. Over the years, the committee has held a variety of integrity promotion events in collaboration with ICAC to reinforce their norm of acting cleanly in work. It has also forged broad cooperative relations with many famous youth societies, and co-organized with them some delegations and tours to the Mainland as well as talent training programmes and recreation activities to meet the needs of young staff of member companies.

Recreation & Sports Committee has shouldered the practical preparatory and coordinating work for large events held in name of the Association, and played an irreplaceable role within the sphere of the Association.

During work, the two committees have formed strong partnership and jointly held a lot of meaningful activities, such as the tours to the Headquarters of HK Marine Police Force, the PLA navy base in Hong Kong, etc.

In 2005, the Youth Committee started up a periodical exchange mechanism by coorganizing the New Year Liaison Party of Young Executives of Business Community, and cosponsored a table-tennis contest and the Colourful Hong Kong Digital Photography Contest with some college student unions. It also participated in such the activities as mobilizing volunteers for the 10th National Games, helping youth society to know more about motherland.

 

The past 15 years saw the Association making progress together with Hong Kong, and also witnessed the Association and its member companies contributing to Hong Kong’s prosperity and modernization of their motherland. And the past 5 years were the time the Association enjoying increasing social influence. In the time to come, the Association will engage strengthening its functions, particularly in serving member companies, and endeavours more closely with other societies to bring Hong Kong to even brighter future.

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