HKA 2017 Past Events

HKA Membership Christmas Lunch 2017

The Rt Hon Mark Field MP
Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific

Date: Tuesday 12th December 2017
Venue: The Langham, Portland Place, Regent Street, London W1B 1JA
Time: 12.30pm Drinks, 1.00pm Lunch

s216_mark-fieldThe Christmas Lunch this year will give members the chance of hearing Mark Field, the Minister responsible for the UK’s relations with Hong Kong, China and the region. He visited Hong Kong in August 2017, soon after assuming his Ministerial post.

Mark Field was at Oxford and was first elected as the Conservative MP for the Cities of London and Westminster in 2001. He served on the Intelligence and Security Committee from 2010 to 2015 and was made a Privy Counsellor in March 2015.

Throughout the 2015 to 2017 Parliament he served as the Vice Chairman (International Affairs) of the Conservative Party, a role which included extensive diplomatic contact and work alongside senior figures in sister parties across the world.

As such he led parliamentary delegations to China, Japan, India, Bangladesh and the United States and also visited many Middle Eastern states and European countries.

Between 2003 and 2006 he was an Opposition Whip, Shadow Minister for London, Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Shadow Culture Minister.

Mr Field trained as a solicitor. He set up Kellyfield Consulting in November 1994 but he divested himself of these interests on becoming an MP.

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The Hon Mrs Carrie Lam, GBM, GBS

Chief Executive, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government

Date: Friday 22nd September 2017
Venue: The Langham, Portland Place, Regent Street, London W1B 1JA
Time: 12.30pm Drinks, 1.00pm Lunch
Mrs LAM CHENG Yuet Ngor Carrie (1) (2) 3The Chief Executive will be the Guest of Honour at the Hong Kong Association’s Membership Lunch on 22nd September.

Mrs Carrie Lam joined the Administrative Service of the Hong Kong Government in August 1980 and rose to the rank of Administrative Officer Staff Grade A1 in September 2006. She became a Principal Official on July 1, 2007 when she was appointed Secretary for Development. She was appointed Chief Secretary for Administration on July 1, 2012.

Mrs Lam has served the public for more than 36 years in 20 public service positions including Director of Social Welfare, Permanent Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands (Planning and Lands), Director-General of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London, Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs, Secretary for Development and Chief Secretary for Administration.

Mrs Lam was elected as the Fifth-Term Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on March 26, 2017, and was officially appointed to this position by the Central People’s Government on March 31, 2017 to assume office on July 1, 2017.

Mrs Lam will speak for 10-15 minutes and there will be the opportunity to ask questions.

The all-in cost of this event will include the pre-lunch reception and a 2 course lunch with wine and coffee. No tickets will be issued. Dress will be lounge suits.

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Mr Liu Xiaoming, His Excellency The Chinese Ambassador

Date: Thursday 1st June 2017
Venue: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
Time: 12.15pm Drinks, 12.45pm – 2.15pm Lunch

W020170404846817155515The Guest of Honour at this membership lunch will be His Excellency The Chinese Ambassador, Mr Liu Xiaoming.

The Association enjoys harmonious relations with the Chinese Embassy and is delighted that The Chinese Ambassador has accepted our invitation to be the Guest Speaker during the month which marks the twentieth anniversary of the Handover of Hong Kong.

Mr Liu Xiaoming comes originally from Guangdong Province; he studied at Dalian University of Foreign  Languages and Tufts University in the USA, and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1974. He has served in Zambia and in the USA, and has been the Chinese Ambassador to Egypt and to North Korea. The main focus of his distinguished career has been on North American affairs.

The Ambassador will speak for about 15 minutes and there will then be a chance to ask questions.


Sir Danny Alexander – Vice-President and Corporate Secretary, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Date: Thursday 12th January 2017
Venue: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
Time: 12.30pm Drinks, 1.00pm Lunch
Danny_AlexanderThe Guest of Honour at this New Year lunch will be Sir Danny Alexander.

Sir Danny was appointed Vice President, Corporate Secretary and a member of the Executive Management team, of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in February 2016.

The UK was the first major Western country and the first G7 member, to announce its membership; this it did in 2015. The AIIB supports infrastructure projects across Asia and is headquartered in Beijing. Sir Danny’s primary responsibility, as Corporate Secretary, is to act as a focal point of communication among the Board of Directors of AIIB, the leadership team and its shareholders, the Board of Governors.

The Rt Hon Sir Danny Alexander was Chief Secretary to the Treasury between 2010 and 2015, during the coalition government. From 2008 to 2010, he was chief of staff to the Liberal Democrat party leader. Danny Alexander received a knighthood 2015 and is a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University. He studied at Oxford University.

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The Current Business Climate in Hong Kong

Keynote Speakers:
Priscilla To, Director General, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (London)
Andrew Seaton, Executive Director, British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

Chairman: Douglas Flint, Chairman, Hong Kong Association

Andrew Davis, Head Investment Promotion, InvestHK
Dr Gerard Lyons, Committee Member, Hong Kong Association
David Marsden, Director, UK & Ireland, Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Stephen Phillips, Chief Executive, China Britain Business Council
Plus the representative of one company currently starting up in HK

Date: Wednesday 4th January 2017

Venue: HSBC, 6th Floor, 8 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, E14 5HQ

Time: Seminar 6.30pm – 7.45pm; Reception 7.45pm – 8.15pm

This early evening seminar is designed to be a curtain-raiser to what may well be a significant year – the forthcoming Brexit negotiations and elections in Hong Kong are going to provide added uncertainty. The Hong Kong Association, the China Britain Business Council, the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council will together provide authoritative assessment on the current business climate in Hong Kong and how it sits with mainland China and the wider region.  The talk and subsequent discussion is intended to inform, at senior level, companies and individuals who are currently involved commercially in Hong Kong, those considering investing there and those who would gain from assessment of the extremely active cross-boundary commerce with mainland China.

The seminar will start with a brief talk, on the HK Government’s measures aimed at ensuring an open and conducive environment for business, by Priscilla To, Director-General of the HKETO. This will be followed by Andrew Seaton, the Director of the British Chamber in Hong Kong, who will give an overview of the current business scene and opportunities. Subsequent discussion and answers to questions will be provided by senior representatives from organisations deeply involved in many of the key questions.

The evening is being very generously hosted by HSBC at Canary Wharf. The seminar will start at 6.30pm and drinks will be served from 7.45 pm to 8.30 pm.


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