PRESIDENT'S MEMO - AmCham needs you in 2018

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We’ve enjoyed a blistering start to the year, and I’m optimistic that the rest of the year will be just as engaging all across our ever-expanding range of activities. 

Even before the Board had sat down to set our priorities for the year, we hosted the government’s Chief Information Officer, Allen Yeung, who explained the recently published blueprint to reshape Hong Kong’s future for the digital age. And as this magazine was going to press, AmCham members and staff were neck-deep helping to organize and promote the “Opportunity Festival.” More than 800 local school students had signed up to hear from some of the world’s leading companies – including many of our members – in a showcase of what the future of work will likely offer them in the years and decades ahead. 

Both events amplify the key priorities that our new Chairman Jack Lange laid out at his Inaugural Luncheon at the Murray hotel on January 19: We will focus on four areas in which we believe we can wield influence and make a measurable impact. 

This year we plan to invest more time and resources into what we feel is our core competency: U.S. advocacy. I am actually writing this letter from Washington DC, where we have been engaging with government and businesses to remind them of Hong Kong’s unique advantages as a commercial hub. Rule of law; first-class professional services; unparalleled connectivity to the world; a diverse and open society; shared values. 

Moreover, there is an excellent match between Hong Kong and U.S. business in technology and innovation. With Hong Kong’s government laying out its pathway toward a digital economy, there is real interest among U.S. companies to understand the opportunities for further investment. 

In this age of disruptive innovation, it is more important than ever that we draw on our collective strengths to help Hong Kong navigate through an important transformation toward a digital economy. Our first Smart City Summit in June and an evolving dialogue around the Future of Work are among the initiatives that will place AmCham at the heart of the discussion. 

But none of this matters without your engagement and insight. This year we are partnering with market research firm Ipsos to survey our membership to gain a definitive understanding of the issues that most concern you, and how we can best serve your interests.