Around the pool at the Grand Hyatt, The Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (AustCham) celebrated its past and looked toward the future with a cocktail party on 21 June 2017. Themed “Then and Now”, the party kicks off a series of celebrations for the Chamber’s 30th anniversary in 2017. The Chief Executive Elect of HKSAR, Mrs Carrie Lam, attended the party as guest of honour and delivered a speech to congratulate AustCham.
The Chief Executive Elect of HKSAR, Mrs Carrie Lam, attended the party as guest-of-honour.
“It’s wonderful for me to come here to celebrate AustCham’s 30th anniversary. We are Australia’s fifth largest source of investment. Both Hong Kong and the Australian people are great friends. I think these people to people links are very important to our friendships. I hope through the Australian Chamber of Commerce, we will see a stronger friendship between Hong Kong and Australia and we will have more fruitful exchanges,” said Mrs Lam.
Australia’s Consul-General to Hong Kong and Macau, Ms Michaela Browning, emphasised the importance of AustCham’s role in promoting and representing Australian business and value and its contributions in growing the bilateral relationships. “AustCham Hong Kong is Australia’s biggest commercial presence in Asia and it is the biggest Australian business chamber in the world. It is a substantial outfit and this outfit has huge influence – it is an enormously important strategic and advisory partner to the Australian Government. Over the years, AustCham has lobbied the Australian Government on a whole lot of policies to do with Asia.
Professor Richard Petty, Chairman of AustCham, welcomed the business executives in the region and shared his admiration for the achievements that AustCham has made over the past 30 years. "I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to our various stakeholders for their support over the years including our members, clients, business partners, fellow directors and, above all, my colleagues. With their continual support and with the foundation built in the past, I have great confidence that AustCham will continue to represent the Australian business community in the coming 30 years as it has done in the past 30 years," said Professor Petty.
The Australian Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong and Macau initially started as a business lunch club in “downtown” Hong Kong but, with incorporation in 1987, formalised its operation as the primary non-government vehicle for promoting Australian business interests by providing ongoing business development and networking opportunities.
Over the past 30 years, AustCham has grown to the second largest of some 28 International Chambers of Commerce in Hong Kong, with over 1,400 corporate members. It now represents more than 550 Australian and local companies and a community of about 100,000. Our members are senior representatives from major Australian companies in Hong Kong, as well as a cross-section of local, international, small and medium-sized business operators.
We are thankful for the unfailing support from our Platinum Patrons – ANZ, ABC, CK Infrastructure, CLP, CBA, CPA Australia, KPMG, Macquarie Group, National Australia Bank (NAB), Telstra and Westpac. With a rich history and achievements, we will, with resolute determination, continue to connect, engage and represent our members and the Australian business community in the years ahead.
The cocktail party was sponsored by Australian International School, BDO and Mainfreight; and attended by over 150 guests, including officials from Australian Consulate-General, AustCham members, representatives from Australian and local business communities in Hong Kong and Macau.
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