On June 14, Onward Hong Kong series comes to an end with a closing panel consisting of Allan Zeman, Jasper Tsang, Harshika Patel, James Fok and Stacey Chow (moderator) and closing keynote speech by Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Algernon Yau.
Our speakers will present their views of the opportunities and challenges to Hong Kong as it enters the next 25 years as a special administrative region of China. This Onward Hong Kong Series, which began in September 2022, had looked at this theme from different angles, from sustainability, the future generation, entrepreneurship, Hong Kong as an international financial center, to arts, culture and sports, etc.
This session will also attempt to summarize the learnings from this whole series - How do AmCham members look ahead at the road they face, and take advantage of the special characteristics of Hong Kong being an international business city sitting in China.
Limited seats, register now (this session will be followed by a finale cocktail)!
|2023 Washington Doorknock|
AmCham Hong Kong will return to Washington DC on July 16-19, for its first in-person engagement after three years of hiatus. Led by Chairman Geoff Siebengartner, the delegation will first participate in the annual AmChams of Asia Pacific (AAP) Washington Doorknock to meet with decision makers and thought leaders who help determine the future of U.S. policy towards the Indo-Pacific region. Then the AmCham HK delegation will meet with selected policy and law makers for additional Hong Kong-centric discussions, with a key goal to highlight Hong Kong's significant role in US trade as well as American business interests in this important international city in Asia.
Note: The Doorknock was rescheduled from June to July.
Legend of comedy John Cleese is coming to Hong Kong on July 10! John is loved all over the world for his comedic antics in cult films like “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and the ever memorable TV series “Fawlty Towers”. Get your tickets today, this will sell out!
|Meeting with Qingdao delegation led by Mayor Zhao|
On May 29, AmCham Chairman Geoff Siebengartner and senior members of the Chamber had the pleasure meeting with the Qingdao Delegation led by Mayor Zhao Haozhi. Both sides exchanged dialogues to enhance commercial relations between Hong Kong and Qingdao.
|Briefing on session on cross-boundary payments|
This week, AmCham representatives attended a Q&A session organized by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, where major stored value facility (SVF) operators shared with International Business Committee members details about the cross-boundary payment operations.
|AmCham Charitable Foundation: Grant Giving Awards Ceremony|
Giving back to the community is a vital value of AmCham Charitable Foundation.
On Thursday morning, AmCham hosted the American Women's Association (AWA) Hong Kong for its Annual Tea Awards Ceremony. This is the 17th year of partnership between the AmCham Charitable Foundation and the AWA to give out grants to support charitable projects.
This year, the Foundation will support Watchdog, Justice Centre Hong Kong, Caritas Lok Yi School, and Saint Barnabas Society and Home for their charitable projects such as vocational training for students, educational programs that will empower women to learn new skills, build self-esteem and improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as scholarships for children with special educational needs from low-income families. We thank our past chairmen Rob Chipman and Gage McAfee, who are also trustees of the Charitable Foundation, for presenting the awards to the four NGO representatives.
The Foundation firmly believes that education makes a difference in the outcome of our future. As one of the leading international business chambers with over 50 years of commitment to maintaining Hong Kong’s competitiveness and stature as an international business center, it is the Foundation’s natural purpose to support tomorrow’s workforce through a series of giving programs.
Happy Pride Month! AmCham is a strong supporter of workplace diversity and promotes inclusion measures that exceed mere compliance, specifically toward the LGBTQ+ community. In celebration of this special occasion, we have lined up a series of events around the DE&I initiative:
|Panel Discussion: Creating a Culture of LGBTQ+ Allyship|
Jun 6, 2023 (5:00 PM - 7:00 PM) | In-person
To celebrate Pride Month 2023, AmCham is hosting a panel discussion featuring speakers who will share their personal stories and experiences about LGBTQ+ identities in the workplace. This event aims to promote inclusivity and diversity within organizations.
|Workshop: How to be an Ally to your LGBTQ Team Members|
Jun 20, 2023 (4:00 PM - 6:00 PM) | In-person
In this workshop, you will learn from a DE&I consultant, Emery Fung, through a fun interactive workshop session. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
- Define what it means to be an LGBTQ ally and why it matters for your team and company, and understand the challenges and opportunities faced by the community
- Identify your own biases, assumptions, and knowledge gaps related to LGBTQ issues
- Learn practical strategies and tools for being a supportive and inclusive ally to your LGBTQ juniors
- Create an action plan for implementing allyship practices in your daily work and team interactions
Talent Connect is AmCham's latest service for members near and far. Tailor-made solutions for your growing business as high-level job seekers and employers connect through our AmCham website, newsletter, and social media platforms.
Please contact us today to learn more about this exciting new package.
Discuss with a committee chair or vice chair the policy opportunities, challenges and recommendations that are relevant to your industry, and submit your views by July 20, 2023.
The Main Programme under the Professional Services Advancement Support Scheme (PASS) is inviting a new round of applications for project proposals starting on June 1 from non-profit-distributing organizations such as professional bodies, trade and industrial organizations, and research institutes.
The PASS, with a total allocation of $200 million, aims at funding non-profit-making industry-led projects to increase exchanges and co-operation between Hong Kong's professional services and external counterparts, promote relevant publicity activities, and enhance the standards and external competitiveness of Hong Kong's professional services.
Following the International Monetary Fund Executive Board's conclusion of the 2023 Article IV consultation with Hong Kong, the IMF released a Staff Report on May 31. The Staff Report provides a detailed analysis and assessment of Hong Kong's economic and financial situation, and affirms Hong Kong's status as a major international financial centre with robust institutional frameworks, substantial capital and liquidity buffers, high-quality financial sector regulation, and a well-functioning Linked Exchange Rate System (LERS).
It also recognizes Hong Kong's strongly recovering economy with post-COVID normalization of economic activities.
InvestHK announced the official launch of the 2023 Global Fast Track (GFT). The year-round fintech accelerator is established through three pillars - the Global Scaleup Competition, the Business Matching Platform, and the always-on GFT Alumni Programme. InvestHK, corporates, investors and partners are excited to explore collaboration opportunities with participating fintech firms. Partnering regulators of the 2023 GFT, including the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Insurance Authority, the Securities and Futures Commission, together with the Customs and Excise Department, set the goal and vision to facilitating the world's most innovative fintech firms to launch and succeed in Hong Kong, across Asia, and beyond.
|Events Supported by AmCham|
Jun 23, 2023 (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM) | Virtual
The next in the AmChams of Asia Pacific Virtual Doork Knock series will provide an update on the legislation and regulation being contemplated for Artificial Intelligence.
While Congress missed critical windows to install guardrails for the internet and social media, it will likely make that mistake with AI.
What is Congress concerned about? How might it legislate? What will the Biden Administration undertake to regulate AI under executive authority? And how might countries in Asia do the same based on past experience in the digital economy.
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