Dear Members and Readers,
We have now come to the 30th anniversary of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong – according to the human growth cycle, we are entering adulthood. There have been many successes and challenges and with the experience gained, we are able to stride forward with confidence for the next 30 years! The recent 15 years, with Hong Kong as a Special Administration Region of China, have been smooth and successful as a whole for both the region and for the Swiss community. Hong Kong has firmly maintained and improved its identity and its way of life.
How has the Chamber changed in the past 30 years? When we first started in 1982, the registered address
was at the offices of Ciba-Geigy Hong Kong Ltd. in Central. A few years later, one part time staff was hired with a desk at the offices of Credit Suisse to handle the daily operation for less than 50 members. At that time we were known as the Swiss Business Council. Today, in contrast, we have grown our membership to over 200 members and have established a thriving Swiss Young Professionals section. Furthermore, we have ten subcommittees devoted to furthering the interests of the Swiss community in areas such as company visits, networking opportunities, co-operation with our Chambers in China, University alumni activities and representing the interest of the SMEs, the latter being the backbone of Hong Kong’s and Switzerland’s economy. Our strong association with our Consulate is essential and much appreciated in helping us to gain a voice and influence in the Governments both here and back home.
More than 250 guests joined Mrs. Rita Haemmerli-Weschke, Consul General of Switzerland in Hong Kong on
October 15th 2012 to celebrate not only the opening of the 19th Swiss Business Hub, but also the 30th anniversary of our Chamber in Hong Kong. Guests at the event received a magazine telling the story of the Chamber and the journey of some of our members. With this booklet, we hope to continue to record the ‘Swissness’ in Hong Kong and how the past experiences and success stories can help to shape an even more successful future.
President SwissCham Hong Kong
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