Chamber News & Policy Work 2021

The Chamber works closely with business bodies and government to facilitate business opportunities on behalf of our members. We seek to further enhance Hong Kong’s standing and effectiveness as an international business centre.

British Chamber Annual General Meeting Announcement 2021

The British Chamber held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 28 September 2021, together with an Extraordinary Meeting of the Elected Members of its General Committee. 

Peter Burnett, Standard Chartered Bank Hong Kong Ltd, was re-elected as Chairman of the Chamber for 2021 – 2022.  

The meetings also saw Anne Kerr, Mott MacDonald, and Jeremy Sheldon, Jones Lang LaSalle Ltd, and James Turner, Prudential plc elected as Vice-Chairs. The meetings recorded that it was the intention of the Elected Members that Anne Kerr work closely with Peter Burnett over the period between now and the Chamber’s next AGM (proposed to be held in the second quarter of 2022) with a view to Dr Kerr stepping up to the Chair role following that AGM (subject to formal approval by the Elected Members at that time).  

To read the full press release, click here. 

To read the Chairman's full report, click here.

 

British Chamber 2021 Policy Address Submission

On Monday 26 July, the Chamber issued its annual Policy Address Submission which outlines the Chamber’s key priority policy recommendations for the Chief Executive and her administration.

Our theme for this year’s submission is “Building Back Better” and we focus on the policy actions that we believe will best position Hong Kong as it emerges from the COVID pandemic and as it prepares for an expanded role in the GBA.

  • We look forward to an early re-opening of borders, recognising the COVID pandemic control issues that are at stake.
  • The success and vitality of the SME sector, as we emerge from the pandemic, will be critical for the fullest economic recovery for Hong Kong.
  • We propose a number of consultations to ensure that our financial markets are “fit for purpose”, particularly as we respond to the opportunities to support start-up companies, through our public equity markets, green finance, ESG reporting, infrastructure financing (including PPPs), trade finance, digital asset trading, inter alia.
  • We are strong believers in the business opportunities for the GBA and believe that Hong Kong can take an expanded role in realising this potential whilst recognising some of the challenges.
  • Hong Kong has the opportunity to accelerate a number of large construction and infrastructure projects and to develop its Smart City capabilities to a fuller potential.
  • Hong Kong is well positioned to develop its healthcare capabilities by working closely with the private sector in the fields of Digital Healthcare, Cancer Care and Mental Health.
  • Finally, addressing and promoting a more “liveable” and inclusive Hong Kong is as important in our personal lives as it is in our professional lives so that Hong Kong can continue to attract the best international talent.

We have sought to make specific recommendations in all these areas. 

Click here to view the document.

 

BritCham writes to Secretary Cheung to discuss quarantine arrangements and vaccination uptake

28/05/2021

Within the letter we discuss the impact of the SAR Government’s current response to COVID-19 and in particular the opening of international borders, the current quarantine arrangements, and vaccination rates in Hong Kong.

Click here to see more.

Updates: Please click here to see the letter from the Chief Executive's office in response to the one we sent (above) regarding travel restrictions. 

 

2021 British Chamber Budget Address Policy Matching and Highlights

25/02/2021

Following the Budget Address on Wednesday 24 February, the Chamber has updated our Policy Matching Document which we prepared after the Policy Address to include relevant items from the Budget. The document also highlights areas in the Budget which may be of general interest to members. I hope that you will find this helpful.

Click here to view the policy matching document.

 

British Chamber - Future International Talent (FIT) programme

The Chamber is excited to announce our partnership with the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau (CEDB) who have launched a programme that will create 100 full-time entry-level job opportunities for young people within the creative industries sector. The programme is called the Future International Talent (FIT) programme - it is a collaboration between six international Chambers of Commerce in Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG).

“We are delighted to be partnering with the CEDB, HKFYG and other Chambers of Commerce on this great initiative. Supporting the future and youth of Hong Kong is an important focus for the Chamber. We look forward to working with our members to provide some exciting job opportunities for the relevant candidates.”

Peter Burnett, British Chamber Chairman.

The full press release can be found here.

 

British Chamber - Second GBA Position Paper

We shared our first position paper on the GBA in July 2020, covering five key sectors (financial services; logistics; healthcare; education and environment). We subsequently held a very constructive meeting with the Chief Executive and other colleagues to discuss that paper in early September.

We have since sent a second GBA position paper to the Chief Executive which covers the following areas/sectors – Real Estate, Construction and Infrastructure; Information and Technology; SMEs; Retail and Hospitality; Professional Services; Dispute Resolution; and Diversity and Inclusion. As with our first paper, we have included some general commentary together with some specific actionable recommendations for the Government’s consideration drawing from the collective broad experience and expertise of our membership.

We have requested a further meeting with the Chief Executive and members of her cabinet to discuss. We will continue to provide updates on our dialogue with the Government in due course.

In the meantime, the full paper can be found here