Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

British business body celebrates its first anniversary

Posted by Kimberly on October 5, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
October 5, 2007, page 4 (441 words)

The British Business Association of Macao had their Annual general Meeting (AGM) yesterday acknowledging their first year of existence in the form of an anniversary dinner afterwards, attended by Ms Echo Chan, acting President of the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM).
As the association is formally registered and incorporated under the laws of Macau, a governing body was duly elected whereby members were invited to participate in the process. As a result, a new management committee of seven members was voted in with Mr Henry Brockman remaining as Chairman.
Mr Ben Birks took on the role of Treasurer while Mr Keith Buckley, Project Director of the Venetian, was voted in as Secretary.
The AGM was attended by over 30 members and was chaired by Mr Ian Bailey, the Trade Commissioner of British Consulate-General in Hong Kong and Macau.
Reports from the AGM show the association as being financially sound, despite being non-profit. It consists of 38 members and has held ten committee meetings, five business lunches and four networking evenings over the year.
There were two major areas of policy focus; one on labour affairs, in particular, how to better import labourers in Macau, while the other was on sustainable development and the environment.
Both policy groups began in October 2006 with over 40 people attending the labour affairs group. The committee put together a 12-page policy paper which was then submitted to the government in mid October. Feedback received from the government suggested that the report was highly valued with an understanding by the association that some of their suggestions would be incorporated.
At a later stage, when the Legislative Assembly invited public comment prior to voting on a draft legislation, the Association, along with the United States and Canadian chambers of commerce, submitted their ideas together, to emphasise the needs of international business in Macau.
This was considered a major achievement, while, despite members views being brought forward, the environmental policy focus did not come to fruition, with the Association hoping the coming year will change that.
Over the course of the first year, there was an average attendance of over 40 members but the Association feels that more can be achieved to become the voice of its members, including the need for talent, participation and subscription fees.
Their goal is to be one of the four leading international chambers of Macau. The next networking event will take place the second week of December while a grand opening of the offices will occur in mid January. Next month, the Association will help in assisting the UK Trade Ministry stand at the Macau International Fair at the Venetian.

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