Happy anniversary to AmCham Hong Kong. This year the chamber celebrates 50 years since its formation by a group of business executives devoted to fostering trade between the US and Hong Kong.
Over the years, we’ve grown into the largest international chamber in this dynamic trading city thanks, in large part, to the strength of our mission. But also thanks to the time and care that AmCham’s leaders have put into advocacy and thought leadership.
While our long-standing success certainly justifies a birthday bash, we are doing much more than looking back on a colorful history, a history in which the chamber and its members played a central role at watershed moments.
Instead of resting on our laurels we plan to look ahead to how business and trade will likely develop in Hong Kong over the next 50 years and how US companies can play a role. We also plan to groom the next generation of chamber talent by launching a new leadership program for junior executives.
I think looking ahead will be even more fun than the champagne toasts in remembrance of times past. While geopolitically it is obvious that free trade faces potent challenges at this crucial juncture, emerging technology and new initiatives could open fresh and inspiring opportunities.
I hope you will join us on this exploration, starting with our hosting of the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers summit on March 4 & 5, where we will delve into key themes related to the future of US trade and investment in Asia with our chamber peers from across the region, along with corporate and government leaders.
Also keep posted for details on events throughout the year, and book your table for our annual ball. This year’s theme is the golden sound of Motown – which, like your chamber, just gets better and better with age. See you there.