• RICS Hong Kong Annual Conference 2017 examines driving forces for city’s sustainable growth and prosperity

    31 May 2017

    (19 May 2017, Hong Kong) More than 300 business leaders and surveying professionals redefined approaches for sustainable growth and prosperity in Hong Kong at the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Hong Kong Annual Conference 2017. The event took place today at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.

    As Hong Kong SAR celebrates its 20th anniversary, this year’s conference focused on how technologies, regulations and regional connectedness are reshaping opportunities and challenges facing the city and the Asia-Pacific region. RICS gathered local and overseas experts from a range of industries to discuss the driving forces for the real estate and financial sectors, as well as the strategies to seize the growth potential offered by these markets.

    In the opening address, Guest of Honour Mr Bernard Charnwut CHAN, GBS, JP, Executive Council Member, Hong Kong SAR Government, said, “For Hong Kong to stay competitive as well as liveable, we must use our land resources optimally and have a sustainable approach to tackle new issues such as conservation of energy, environment and heritage. It is not an overstatement to say the role of surveyors is very critical to Hong Kong’s future”.

    Hong Kong’s macroeconomic developments and policies were critically reviewed at the conference. The Hon Mrs Regina IP LAU Suk-yee, GBS, JP, Legislative Council Member, Hong Kong SAR Government, reckoned China’s Belt and Road Initiative will cement Hong Kong’s position as the region’s major trade and logistic hub, as well as the launchpad for Chinese companies going overseas.

    A discussion of the city’s strategic land-use and development plan beyond 2030 was led by Mr Eric MA Siu-cheung, JP, Secretary for Development, Hong Kong SAR Government. “The proposals in the Hong Kong 2030+ plan would invariably bring about a plethora of opportunities for smart and affordable retrofit solutions and low carbon design.  What the Government needs are the support and participation from all sectors to build a truly liveable, competitive and sustainable Hong Kong,” said Mr Ma.

    “This year’s conference provides a platform to bounce ideas on how businesses can better capture emerging opportunities and overcome new challenges. I believe Hong Kong and the city’s well-trained surveying professionals are best positioned to benefit from this wave by adopting and making reference to the highest professional standards locally and internationally,” said Mr Clement LAU FRICS, Chair of RICS Hong Kong Board.

     

     

     

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