Tom Gorman arrived in Hong Kong in 1974, and had a front row seat to the opening up of China's economy. He served as Chairman of the chamber's Board of Governors in 1995 two years before the handover. Here he shares some of his first impressions of Hong Kong in the 70s and what the opening up of China meant to the city.
Peter Levesque is the CEO of Modern Terminals. He has been a member of AmCham for 15 years and served as Chairman of the Board of Governors in 2014 and 2015. Peter arrived in Hong Kong in 1996, one year before the handover. He believes Hong Kong has some unique competitive advantages and a promising future as an international hub, if the city can identify a clear role for itself in the region.
Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Executive-Elect
CE-Elect Mrs Carrie Lam responded to AmCham in addressing the international business community's concerns ahead of her inaugural. AmCham is pleased to hear reassurance from Mrs Lam that she will safeguard the core values of HK as a world class city; bring back more US and international businesses; and strengthen US-HK cultural ties.
Kurt Tong, U.S. Consul General
US Consul General CG Tong noted HK remains an attractive place for US businesses because of the rule of law, transparency and commitment to free trade in the "One Country Two Systems"
When Gage McAfee first set eyes on Hong in 1969 he saw little more than a sleepy British Colony. But that all changed in the late 1970s as China’s economy began to open up: a development that would transform the face of Hong Kong. As AmCham Chairman in 1985 Gage served as an adviser to the Hong Kong Basic Law Consultative Committee. Here he recounts AmCham's role in the formation of what would become the blueprint for Hong Kong's post-colonial future.