Cham­ber elects new chair­man

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By LUIS LIU in Hong Kong luis­liu@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

The Chi­nese Gen­eral Cham­ber of Com­merce (CGCC), one of Hong Kong’s largest busi­ness chambers, elected Jonathan Choi Koon-shum as its new chair­man last Fri­day.

The chair­man of lo­cal con­glom­er­ate Sun Wah Group will serve as the head of the 50th-term board of the cham­ber, suc­ceed­ing Charles Ye­ung Chun-kam, founder and chair­man of Glo­ri­ous Sun En­ter­prises.

Choi is also a mem­ber of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence (CPPCC) and one of Hong Kong’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives to the Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion (APEC) Busi­ness Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil.

Speak­ing at the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony on Fri­day, Choi vowed to work closely with the na­tion’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20), the un­prece­dented over­seas vi­sion — the Belt and Road (B&R) Ini­tia­tive — and pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment of the Guang­dong-Hong KongMa­cao big bay area.

The cham­ber is one of the largest bridges for Hong Kong in­dus­tri­al­ists and busi­ness­men to join the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment. There­fore, the CGCC will fur­ther max­i­mize the “One Coun­try, Two Sys­tems” pol­icy, and un­lock more op­por­tu­ni­ties in co­op­er­a­tion with main­land part­ners, Choi said.

The CGCC is also a mem­ber of B&R In­dus­trial and Com­mer­cial Al­liance. It will or­ga­nize a se­ries of train­ing and ex­change ac­tiv­i­ties along the B&R routes, fa­cil­i­tat­ing en­ter­prises from all coun­tries and re­gions in their search for op­por­tu­ni­ties, Choi pledged.

Next year marks the 20th an­niver­sary of Hong Kong’s re­uni­fi­ca­tion with the coun- try. The cham­ber plans to or­ga­nize a B&R sum­mit in France for rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers to seize new op­por­tu­ni­ties from the B&R. Another busi­ness sum­mit among East Asian economies will be held in Hong Kong, in dis­cus­sion about deeper re­gional co­op­er­a­tion. Com­merce min­is­ters from 13 economies will at­tend, Choi re­vealed.

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Le­ung Chun-ying (right) and newly elected Chair­man of the Chi­nese Gen­eral Cham­ber of Com­merce of Hong Kong Jonathan Choi Koon-shum pose for a photo dur­ing the chair­man’s in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony last Fri­day.

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