I am tremendously delighted to be elected as the Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Asian Pacific Branch (APB). Last year, we celebrated our 50th anniversary and have organized various events throughout the year to celebrate the occasion. I have to pay special tribute to our immediate past-chairman Mr. Paul Ng for his inspiring leadership and the Executive Committee members for their enthusiastic support to make all the events a success. Of course, all these events could not been so successful without the active support of our members in all the Asian regions.
Since its establishment, APB has been promoting professional management in the Asian Pacific region by organizing seminars, conferences and professional visits in Hong Kong and major cities in the region on a regular basis. We will continue to leverage our established network with all professional institutes and counterparts in order to share knowledge with each other and to learn from others through our work across mainland China, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
APB has been actively involved in professional training on housing management in Hong Kong since the 1960s. In the past few years, we have been extending and delivering accredited training courses in mainland China and Macau with an aim to develop APB and promote professional standards in housing management. We firmly believe that nurturing professional housing practitioners with proper housing management training will contribute to the sustainable development of professional housing management, and also provide a reliable source of members to the institute. At the end of 2016, we have over 690 members outside of Hong Kong. With such pleasing results, we will follow in the successful footsteps of previous Executive Committees and reach out for continual growth.
Back in Hong Kong, with the establishment of the Property Management Services Authority in 2016 and the review of the Building Management Ordinance in progress, the Year of 2017 is going to be full of opportunities and challenges to the housing management industry. We will continue to work closely with our local professional counterparts to reflect the views and opinions of our members to the government. While APB is fully aware of the need for our industry to evolve continuously in adapting to the ever-increasing demand for professional property management services, we will strive to protect the interest of our members and safe guard our established professional status in the society.
As housing professionals, I think one of our primary aims is to provide a safe home for everyone. My predecessors have already set a very high professional practice standard for us. This year, we will take an active role in arranging seminars, talks and conferences to enable us to be more familiar with new legislative requirements and subjects of interest. These will enable members to refresh our knowledge and provide opportunities for us to share best practices and ideas exchange. Housing management is a people business and we shall evolve and improve ourselves continuously to cope with the demand of this ever-changing society.
I look forward to a challenging and rewarding path of professional Housing Management with you.
Mr Chow Chun Ling, Kenny