• HKIS 2016 Annual Conference Explores Kowloon and Singapore as Potential Model Cities for Future Development

    14 September 2016

    (10 September 2016, Hong Kong)The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) Annual Conference 2016, with the theme ‘Kowloon East – Building our Future Model City’, was held on 10 September 2016, at JW Marriott Hotel, Hong Kong. Distinguished speakers were invited to share their insights on Kowloon East development and reviews of successful case studies from Singapore’s smart city developments. The conference was well received with over 300 participants.

    The HKIS was greatly honoured to have the presence of Mr Paul Chan Mo-Po, GBS, MH, JP, Secretary for Development of the Hong Kong SAR Government, as its Guest of Honour to deliver the opening remarks.Mr Chan said “developing a smart city is the trend of future city development. The Government will be using Kowloon East as a pilot area for the study of smart city development, with the aim to transform Hong Kong into a sustainable community.”

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    “Kowloon East will be used as a pilot area for the study of smart city development. Its Smart City blueprint will help us formulate the plans for Hong Kong’s future development in terms of urban planning, transportation, and better use of scarce urban space,” said Sr Lau Chun Kong, President of the HKIS.

    “Smart city development has been chosen as the theme of the HKIS Annual Conference for three consecutive years. In this year’s conference, we have shifted our focus to uncovering solutions and the feasibility of developing infrastructure for a smart city. The participants and practitioners will have an in-depth analysis for effective development models and how to get well-prepared for upcoming challenges, which will boost Hong Kong’s overall competitiveness,” added Sr Lau.

    The HKIS invited experienced practitioners and experts from the government and private sector to explore topics ranging from government policy, technology to commercial development – speakers include Ms Bernadette Linn, JP, Director of Lands of the HKSAR Government; Mr C K Yip, Director of Planning and District Planning Officer, Kowloon; Ir Wong Wai Man, Project Manager (New Territories East) of Civil Engineering and Development Department; Dr Ieong Meikei, Chief Technology Officer of Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute; Mr Donald Choi, Managing Director of Nan Fung Development Limited; Sr Augustine Wong Ho Ming, JP, Executive Director of Henderson Land Development Company Limited. Dr Victor Khoo, Deputy Director of Singapore Land Authority and Mr Teoh Hai Pin, Director of DP Architects Pte Ltd, were on hand from Singapore to present at the conference.

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    Sr Dick Kwok Ngok Chung, Chairman of the HKIS Annual Conference Organising Committee and the HKIS Vice-President, in his closing remarks said “by bringing together speakers from across the industries and city, we were able to join forces to address the differences between Hong Kong and Singapore, and the past experiences and policies which will help to inspire more innovative ideas for our future development.”

    The HKIS expressed its gratitude towards both the guests and participants and hoped for their continued support in its future events, which in turn would lead to an increased level of professionalism in the industry.

     

     

     

     

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