As December will be my last month as President of the HKIS, I would like to express my thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement throughout the past 11 months. I am pleased by the achievements we have made this year and even more excited about our future.
The past month has been a busy month for both the HKIS and myself. On November 7, I was invited by the Financial Secretary’s Office to the consultation meeting on the 2014 Policy Address and 2014-15 Budget. I represented the HKIS and shared our views on the directions of the upcoming Policy Address and Budget, whereas a written submission setting out our concerns and suggestions regarding the consultation will be submitted in December.
In the evening of the same day, I chaired the Long Term Housing Strategy (LTHS) Discussion Forum held at the Surveyors Learning Centre. With the facilitation of our panellists and members of our policy panel, Sr Augustine Wong and Sr Eddie Hui, the forum was both informative and fruitful. The LTHS Task Force has consolidated members’ views and our collective feedback on the LTHS proposal will be submitted to the Government in early December.
During November 10-13, I led a 16 HKIS-member delegation to Beijing. It was our third CEPA visit. During the stay, the delegation met senior officials of a number of government bodies. You can read a detailed account of the visit and some of its photos on Pages 9-11 of this issue of Surveyor Times. The purposes of the visits were to understand the relevant regulations and Mainland policies, to foster professional knowledge exchanges, and to explore further collaborative opportunities so as to enhance the development of the surveying profession in Hong Kong and in the Mainland. The delegation also attended the official opening ceremony cum dinner of the HKIS Beijing office.
On November 12, a housewarming party was held to celebrate the opening of the HKIS Beijing office, the first representative office of the HKIS in the Mainland. More than 60 members, officials from various Mainland ministries and senior members of other professional institutes attended the party. It was also our honour to have Director of Department of Enterprise of the Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China, Mr Liu Yu Ting; the Development Bureau Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), Mr Wai Chising; and Hong Kong Legislative Council member, Mr Tse Wai Chuen, as our Guests of Honour to unveil the HKIS plaque and kick off the official opening.
As the co-operations between Hong Kong surveyors and other industry players in the Mainland continue to deepen, the Beijing representative office will enable us to provide better services to our members being stationed in the Mainland, facilitate closer communications with our Mainland counterparts, and strengthen our ties with relevant Mainland authorities. As our Mainland membership continues to grow, we are looking to open more representative offices in other cities in the future.
After officiating the opening ceremony of the HKIS Beijing Office, at the invitation of the organisers, I attended the seminars held on the first day of the 2013 International Project Management Conference held in Shanghai during November 13-15.
The conference was co-organised by Shanghai Construction Consultants Trade Association (SCCA), Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd., Tongji University, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor (RICS) and AACE International. Over 260 delegates from the Mainland, Hong Kong, America, France, Italy, Singapore and Malaysia, etc, consisting of government officials, professionals and industry players, gathered to exchange their views on various subjects revolving around the “current development and future trends in project management”.
The 7th Cross-Strait Geomatics Conference was successfully held on November 21-23 in Hong Kong. The conference was co-organised by four organisations, namely the Lands Department of HKSAR, the HKIS, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineering Surveyors (HKIES).
With an aim to utilise the latest surveying and mapping technologies to make people’s life better, the conference was attended by over 230 delegates from Mainland, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong. The Guest of Honour was the Secretary of Development Mr Paul Chan Mo-po, MH, JP. It was a great success and provided a very good platform for knowledge sharing and networking. I attended the conference on November 21 and felt glad to meet with many land surveying professionals from across the straits.
From November 27 to 29, I joined a delegation led by Chief Executive CY Leung to Guangxi, where I visited China South City Nanning, Wuxiang New District and Guangxi Planning Exhibition Hall and met Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Government leaders. I also visited the China-Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park, Guangxi Qinzhou Free Trade Port Area, etc. In Nanning, I attended the Guangxi-Hong Kong Economic & Trade Co-operation Exchange Meeting and Guangxi-Hong Kong Business Symposium, and visited the Nanning New & High-tech Industrial Development Zone.
It has been my greatest honour to serve as President of the HKIS. However, all the tasks and achievements in the past year could not have been accomplished without the dedication and commitment of our members. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the Office Bearers, members of the General Council and Executive Committee, members of our various Working Committees, and our Task Forces for their generous contributions to the HKIS, as well as to the continuous development of the surveying profession.
The HKIS will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary next year, and a series of special events and activities will be held throughout the year. I look forward to your participation in our anniversary-related events.
Last, but not least, it was a great privilege and honour to serve the HKIS and its members, and I would also like to offer my best wishes to my successor as President of the HKIS next year. Finally, I wish the HKIS every success in its endeavours in the years to come.
Sr Stephen Lai