Chinese New Year Cocktail 2012

This year, Hong Kong Australia Business Association SA Chapter welcomed nearly 200 guests to its Chinese New Year Cocktail function at the beautiful Bamboo Forest Pavilion in Adelaide Zoo, with major guest:
•    Mr. Steve Barclay, Director of HKETO Australia & New Zealand
•    Ms. Linda Law, Deputy Director of HKETO, Hong Kong
•    Ms. Bonnie Shek, Head of HKDC
•    Mr. Simon Galpin, Director of Invest Hong Kong
•    Mr. Patrick Ho, President of HKABA SA Chapter
•    The Hon. Tom Koutsantonis, Minister for Small Business, Minister for Manufacturing, Innovation and Trade, Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy
The Function started with an amazing Panda presentation provide Adelaide Zoo, two giant pandas Wangwang and Funi appeared in showroom to entertain all the guests. Also, Adelaide local Chinese traditional musician Mandy and her band performed their works through the night.  
Mr. Darren Willson, the vice-president of HKABA SA Chapter, hosted this fantastic function, Mr. Steve Barclay and Mr. Simon Galpin gave speeches to guest to introduce the recent development of Hong Kong and business relationship development between Hong Kong and Australia.
The function is co-hosted by :
> Hong Kong Australia Business Association SA Chapter
> Hong Kong Economic Trade Office
> Hong Kong Trade Development Council
> Hong Kong Tourism Board
> Invest Hong Kong
Mr. Gareth Lloyd form Cathay Pacific Airways represented the 2 tickets to Hong Kong as the Lucky Draw prize to the lucky winner.
Soon after the event, the Chapter has received many great feedbacks from its guests, some of them are listed as bellow:
* A real pleasure wonderful evening, Peter J Wine Marketing & Promotions Manager
* Very enjoyable gathering to celebrate Chinese New Year, Angela M Regional Manager

Wayne Cao
Media Liaison Officer

* Click here for Chinese New Year Photo Gallery 

Temptation Cruise Report

The Temptation Cruise was held on a beautiful balmy night on 27th January 2012 at the Marina Pier in Holdfast Shores.
There were 38 excited guest in attendance.
The one and a half our cruise on The Temptation Catamaran took us from the Marina Pier to Grange Jetty and back.
Along the way, we were treated to wonderful views of the surrounding beaches and the magnificent sunset.
All guest had a wonderful time sipping champagne and networking with other members and friends of the HKABA SA Chapter.
The Honourable MLC , Ms Jing Lee, was in attendance as was the President of HKABA SA, Patrick Ho.
To those who attended – we hope to see you again next year.
For those of you who’ve missed out – be sure to come along next year for an unforgettable cruise!
Tai Nguyen
YPEG Chair
Hong Kong Trip with SME Organisation

On 2nd Feb: I picked them up at the airport  & I show them to use the Octupus card in HK for taking the airport express train back to the central. After they settle the hotel, we went out for a garment exploration tour.
3rd Feb: After they have their own meeting, I introduce them to Stephen Ip,ex-Secretary of Economic Development & Labour, and now the Teward of Hong Kong Jockey Club and we have a very constructive discussion and Treasurer and Tung & I have been invited to go to the Shatin Race meeting on the 5th Feb. In the evening, I introduce few people for them to know:a)Robert Dawson, our VP Darren's mate who is a venture capitalist & may interested to invest in Adelaide. He expressed that he wants to get more involved with us.b)Janice Fok, who looks after Cransford Wine in HK & China and have a successful operation there. Potential BA nomination.c)Anthony Chiang, a CPA accountant who has some affliated accountants in Adelaide & NSW.d)Craig Shute,original from Adelaide & now the managing Partner with CBRE HK, and a CFO from a E-biz company in HK.After the meal, we hopped to Lang Kwai Fong to see the famous night activities in HK.
4th Feb:our HK Adviser,Mr. Scott Chan took us to Che Gong Temple Shatin, Lou Fou Shan fishing village and Mong kok to let Treasurer & his advisor to see the quietness of HK & the busy side of HK.In the evening, we hosted the dinner for Ms Lorna Wong,who became the Deputy of Administration Office in HK SAR, and introduce Phil Ingram & Alice Jim to them. Dr. Edward Lam, the President of HKSME Development Fed. Ltd to be part of the dinner. Other guests are Clarence Ho & Janice Fok.
5th Feb:Treasurer & Tung & I went to Shatin Race course & stay at the Steward Box;very exclusive establishment and an opportunity for us to meet many other horse owners in the area.Treasurer actually donated a few dollars for the charity purpose on the day. After the race,Jack & I are going different way as they  need to prepare for their Monday meeting & off to Korea on the same day. I then meet with Dr. Lam & his two Committees,Mr. Li (from a banking background) & Mr. Yip a health food distributor. I also ask Scott to come with me.We have a very constructive & useful meeting of how our two organisation can work together and paved the way for our Lord Mayor visit at the end of the Year.
In conclusion,the trip is hectic & busy & we manage to find time out to wine & dine with our Treasurer, Hon.Jack Snelling and his advisor,Tung. I believe that Treasurer has a better understanding of our Association & how it runs. He appreciated very much the contacts that we gave him during his stay in HK.
In regards to SME organisation, I believe that there is a very good value for our members to explore into them and I consider that there is a good synergy between our two organisations.

Patrick Ho
President, SA Chapter

HKABA Victoria Business Awards 2011


HKABA Victoria Business Awards 2011, which was held at Crown Casino on Friday, August 2011.

The annual Hong Kong Australia Business Association – Victorian Chapter Business Awards was designed to provide recognition and incentive to Victorian individuals and companies who strive for excellence in all aspects of international trade between Victoria and Hong Kong SAR/China.
Development Council (HKTDC)

There are 270 guests with many VIP such as  Mr Steve Barclay (The Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office), Ms. Bonnie Shek (Director of Hong Kong Trade Development Council), Mr. Cameron Boardman ( Head of Invest Hong Kong), The Right Hon the Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, City of Melbourne and Minister.

There are 5 awards such as Export of Goods and Services Award, Import Goods and Services Award, Creative SME Award, Contribution to Industry Award & The Grand Prize Award. Great achievement to the HKABA Business Award Winners.

May I  congratulate Mr. Simon Pho (President of Victoria Chapter) and his team did a fantastic job, the great success of event in 2011.

Reported by Edmund Ng


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