President's Message (March 2024)

Congratulations to the HKIS on its 40th anniversary! I am thrilled, honoured, that this anniversary should fall during my term. We kicked off the celebrations on 22 March with a cocktail reception at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the first of many key events this year.

Courting cooperation
I accepted an invitation for a lunch meeting from Ms Lu Xinning from the Department of Educational, Scientific and Technological Affairs, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government, along with the presidents of the institutes of Engineers, Planners, Architects and Landscape Architects, at which we were also grateful to meet other key Liaison Office officials, such as Dr Wang Weiming and Mr Ye Shuiqiu. 

On 13 March, the HKIS renewed the agreement it holds with the China Cost Engineering Association for the fourth time. The parties held an online signing, in Hong Kong and on the Mainland. 

I went with a delegation of HKIS council members and speakers to Guangzhou for the annual Mainland and Hong Kong Construction Forum organised by China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, the Guangdong Provincial Government and Hong Kong’s Development Bureau. The Secretary of Development, Ms Bernadette Linn, JP led a highlevel delegation; the HKIS co-organised a parallel session. The forum, from 25 to 27 March, made its return since the pandemic. During this trip, we also visited the Guangdong Planning Institute and met its President, Mr Ma Xiang-ming, who hosted us to dinner...

President Message – March 2024 (whole message)