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The Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong (BPA) made another milestone in its robust development with the formal opening of its secretariat office in Admiralty Centre today (April 11).
Chairman of the Alliance, Andrew Leung, said the office could provide more effective support to BPA’s work in the legislature and enable comprehensive advancement of BPA’s ideas and development according to the needs of the whole community and various districts.
In a brief and boisterous ceremony, members wearing the BPA tailor-made ties witnessed the formal opening of the office by Mr Andrew Leung, Chaiman of the Alliance. The occasion was marked by roast pork and champagne sharing, signifying best wishes for the Alliance’s success.
Mr Leung remarked that the Alliance, which came into being following the Legislative Council elections last year, would find increasing strength as Hong Kong moves towards universal suffrage. He said that the BPA secretariat had had more than 10 staff members since it was set up last October, specialising in project coordination, policy research and district work. Hailing its smooth operation, he said the secretariat would continue to liaise with all the concerned parties and further strengthen its district work. With its home now founded in Admiralty, he believed that the good location would facilitate members’ daily travel to and from the Legislative Council and, with the MTR just round the corner, help promote the Alliance’s exchanges with other organizations.
Mr Peter Lam, Council Chairman, called the opening a day for celebration, which marked a new chapter in the Alliance’s development. “We are going to be more proactive in recruiting young and like-minded people to this big family, giving the Alliance a greater clout and stamina,” he said.
Mr Jeffrey Lam, Vice Chairman, extended gratitude to all secretariat staff. Drawing reference to infant formula, a hot topic for Hong Kong these days, he joked that the six-month BPA might wish to change formula as it was moving ahead. Being a young emerging force among Hong Kong’s political groups, the Alliance with all its members and secretariat staff is well prepared for the challenges and opportunities ahead, he said. In closing, Mr Lam called on different sectors of the community to provide the Alliance with sound suggestions and support.
The secretariat, overseen by its CEO, Mr Kevin Ho, is committed to building a strong link between BPA members and the local community, and implementing the Alliance’s mission – “Business drives economy; Professionalism improves livelihood”, in its endeavor to promote Hong Kong’s well-being .
Prominent BPA members attending today’s opening included Mr Peter Lam, Mr David Lie, Mr Andrew Leung, Mr Jeffrey Lam, Mr Abraham Razack, Mr Christopher Cheung, Dr Lo Wai-kwok, Dr Priscilla Leung and Mr Fong Ping. Afterwards, they were given a tour of the secretariat. Posed against the office backdrop with BPA logo, members attired in their tailor-made ties took a grand group photo, bringing atmosphere of the event to its climax.