I feel very honored to be the chairman of the Chartered Institute of Housing Asian Pacific Branch (hereinafter referred to as the "Asian Pacific Branch"). Since the previous chairmen contributed a lot to the Asian Pacific Branch, I deeply feel the heavy responsibility of being a chairman and will try my best efforts to implement the aims and missions carefully with a humble and pragmatic attitude, hoping the Asian Pacific Branch to keep pace with the times and achieve continuing advancement through the joint efforts of members.
We shall learn from the past experience and remain true to our original aspiration. The Asian Pacific Branch has been committed to promoting and integrating the art of housing management with the latest technology by providing members with ongoing trainings and communication opportunities. Members are reminded not only to pay attention to the professional services in the industry, but also to bear in mind the codes of conduct of a housing professional. Over the years, the Asian Pacific Branch has held numerous large-scale conventions, symposiums, forums, technical trainings and study tours to enhance the professional knowledge of members and contributed to the communities through different forms of gathering activities.
Undoubtedly, the past year was a year full of challenges. Owing to the pandemic of COVID-19, the world had experienced an unprecedented social and economic disruption, various sectors were affected adversely to a certain extent. The normal services of Government or some institutions were suspended. Some industries had to arrange employees to work from home in order to maintain social distancing. However, most practitioners of property management worked as usual during the pandemic. Apart from provision of normal services, they had to take care of additional cleaning and disinfection work, as well as formulating a series of preventive and contingency measures against the infectious disease. Their workload was greatly increased. On behalf of the Asian Pacific Branch, I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all frontline property management practitioners for their dedication in demonstrating the professionalism of the property management industry during the pandemic.
In addition, the Asian Pacific Branch has devoted every effort to promote the legislative work of the licensing regime for both Property Management Companies and Property Management Practitioners. The subsidiary legislation of the "Property Management Services Ordinance" formally entered into force on August 1, 2020. Under the clear guidance of the regime, practitioners can further equip themselves to pursue recognized qualification and formally apply for a license after fulfilling relevant academic qualifications and property management experience. The regulation greatly enhances the professional recognition of the property management industry and the Asian Pacific Branch encourages members to submit license applications to the Property Management Services Authority as early as possible during the three-year transitional period.
Although the pandemic of COVID-19 is gradually under control, it is expected that full recovery of economy will still take a long time. Therefore, members are encouraged to make continuous efforts to strengthen themselves in adversity, to uphold a professional and optimistic attitude so as to further enhance the service quality and the property values.
Chartered Institute of Housing
Asian Pacific Branch