Hong Kong – January 23, 2019 – In his inaugural address Robert Grieves, the new Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (AmCham HK), celebrated the Chamber’s record of achievement over the past 50 years and looked ahead to its continuing role in the next 50 years in Hong Kong and throughout Asia.
“For the past five decades the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong has championed the free flow of information, freedom of expression, the rule of law, and a level playing field for international businesses operating in Greater China and throughout Asia,” Grieves noted. “It has defined for itself a unique role as an honest broker, defending Hong Kong’s interests in Washington and Beijing, and advocating on behalf of American and international business and its membership throughout Asia.
“Since the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997, the American Chamber has fully supported Hong Kong’s ‘one country, two systems’ formulation as enshrined in Hong Kong’s mini constitution, the Basic Law,” Grieves noted.
“However, for our 50th anniversary we are not only looking back in time, we are looking forward,” Grieves stated. He said AmCham Hong Kong will continue to play a strong and influential role in the next 50 years and outlined a number of specific initiatives in which Chamber members may participate.
Regarding plans for development of the Greater Bay Area, Grieves said, “The future is now for Hong Kong with respect to opportunities afforded by the Greater Bay Area, and for AmCham member firms that could assist in the build-out of the GBA blueprint.”
In the GBA Hong Kong will be the international finance, navigation and trade center, as well as a transport hub, accoring to reports. It will have the role of pushing finance, trade, logistics and professional services towards the high-end market. Grieves said: “The Chamber looks forward to working with our member firms to seize opportunities as they arise and to assist Hong Kong as it helps lead on this historic initiative.”
In his address Grieves outlined other areas in which the Chamber will work on behalf of members’ interests and the interests of Hong Kong: healthcare, STEM education, designing a livable city, the future of work, smart city initiatives, the environment, trade, housing and US global taxation.
Robert Grieves is the Chairman of Hamilton Advisors Limited, a strategic communications firm based in Hong Kong. Following a 12-year career in journalism for The Times (London) and The Economist (both in Beijing), and Time magazine and Forbes (both in New York), he has been a top-tier communications specialist since 1989.
His communications career has included positions at the global public relations firm of Burson-Marsteller; Asia head of Marketing and Communications for Merrill Lynch; head of Global Communications for The Bank of New York; and global media relations and financial communications lead for the international insurance firm, ACE (now Chubb). Most recently he served as President, Hong Kong for Edelman, a global public relations firm that has won numerous awards in the Asia-Pacific region.
Robert Grieves graduated from Hamilton College magna cum laude with a B.A. in English Literature and East Asian History and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his M.S. in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a concurrent certificate from Columbia’s East Asian Institute.
He is the 2019 Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and a member of the Hike for Hospice Organising Committee of the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care.
Photo 1: AmCham Chairman Robert Grieves giving his inauguration remarks (AmCham HK)
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