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President’s Report 2010 – 2011
It is my pleasure to report our SA Chapter activities during November 2010 to November 2011.

This year has been an exciting year. I can see our activities managed more smoothly and Association has been more actively involved with other chambers and organisations.

I have summarised below our activities into three major areas:
(a) Member networking functions
 (1) 12th November attended Advantages SA with our SA Chapter Patron and advisor, Mr Francis Wong, as well as our sponsor Cathay Pacific.
(2) 13th Dec Joint function with Business SA
(3) 25th Jan Cruise from Glenelg, unfortunately due to weather conditions we had dinner and drink instead.
(4) 5th February China town street party
(5) 1st March Chinese New Year cocktail at National Wine Centre with 150 people attending
(6) 12th April Exclusive HK Economic Insight
(7) 13th May Co-Host Dinner with new Chinese Ambassador Mr. Chen Yu Ming
(8) 20th May YPEG Seminar on Federal Budget
(9) 30th May Business Speed Dating with 12 finalists with Business SA
(10) 11th June Food & Wine Appreciation Dinner with 150 people attending
(11) 21st July YPEG Property Seminar at NAB Gouger Street Branch
(12) 12th August Our biggest event of the year, Business Awards Gala Dinner at the Entertainment Centre, where 270 people attended
(13) 23rd August Student Industry Programme with Adelaide University. 60 people joined us for the occasion
(14) 17th September YPEG art gallery visit
(15) 22nd September Seminar on Hong Kong Forum and Wine Fair by Ms Bonnie Shek, Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council
(16) 22nd October Co-Host to celebrate Xin-hai Revolution Centenary Dinner
(17) 5th November Attending Australia Chinese Medical Association annual dinner with our sponsors.

(b) Delegations
(1) 1-2 December HK Forum on 1st & 2nd of December
(2) 18th April Asia Expo organised by Business SA
(3) 3-5th November HK IWSF
(c) Young Professionals Entrepreneurs Group (YPEG)
They have been organising informational seminars, site/companies visits, liaising with the Universities.

In addition to the above three areas, we have also involved with some exclusive activities;
(1) Our association has been invited to involve with Koala Gift Steering Committee which is overlooking our state gift of Koala to Hong Kong. This process will take up to 3-4 years to eventuate.
(2) We partner with ANZ Bank to host our HKABA ANZ VIP Luncheon where we have invited prominent government officials and some leading business persons to attend at the ANZ boardroom. So far we held 3 luncheons.
(3) 21st September we held a meeting with the new Australian Council General in Hong Kong, Mr. Paul Tigue to discuss a better way to assist our members while they are in Hong Kong.
Apart from those activities in SA, I also attended the Caucus meeting in Melbourne and three other national meetings with other chapters. The meetings are good because we can exchange our way of organising events so that we can actually learn from each other.
Also this year, I am pleased to announce our second Honourable Advisor to our association Dr Roger Sexton B.Ec (Hons); M.Ec PhD (Econ) FAICD FAIM. I believe that his business skills and acumens can certainly help our association into higher level.

This year, we have been exploring few areas of activities which I believe offer even better value to our members, such as in the coming HK Forum our forum coordinator Mr Mike Higgs formulates a value package to complement the HK Forum programme.
The package is well received by SA Chapter as well as interstate chapter members.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors:
(3) HKTB
(4) Invest HK
(5) ANZ Bank
(6) Cathay Pacific
(7) HSBC
(8) Adelaide Casino
(9) NAB
(10) Chifley Hotel
(11) ED + Associates Pty Ltd
(12) I age
With all this fantastic support from our sponsors, our association is able to pursue our goals. I also like to thank our executive committee:
(1) Vice President & BA Chair Mr. Darren Wilson
(2) Secretary & Sponsor Chair Mr. Norman Sheun
(3) Treasurer Mr. Frank Cutillo

(4) YPEG Chair Ms Malinda Kuo
(5) F&W Appreciation Dinner & Web management Mr Edmund Ng
(6) Media Liaison Officer Ms Becky Li
(7) Wine Trade Delegation Mr Ian Mathison
(8) HK Forum & Coordinator Mr Mike Higgs
(9) Membership Chair Mr Wayne Cao
(10) YPEG Coordinator Sulei Gu
(11) YPEG Coordinator Ryan Gu
(12) YPEG Coordinator Tai  Nygen

Also my heartfelt thanks to:
Our Patron Lieutenant Governor Mr Le’ AO, our Hon. Advisors Mr Francis Wong  and Dr Roger Sexton B.Ec (Hons); M.Ec PhD (Econ) FAICD FAIM, as well as our overseas Hon. Advisor Mr Scott Chan for their guidance and continuing support to our association.
I also like to thank our fellow Chapter Presidents, National Executives for their coordination and cooperation with our chapter.

Lastly, thank you to our members and friends who supported our association during this year.
Thank you.


Patrick Ho
Chapter President
Hong Kong Australia Business Association South Australian Chapter
November 2011


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