Inauguration Ceremony of the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong 香港經濟民生聯盟成立慶祝酒會

The Inauguration Ceremony of the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong (BPA) was held today (18 Dec) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Hong Kong SAR Chief Executive, the Honorable Mr. Leung Chun-ying, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government, the Honorable Mr. Lin Wu and over one hundred guests attended the event to celebrate the birth of the Alliance.

Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen, chairman of the Alliance, noted in the ceremony, “Ever since Hong Kong reverted to the motherland 15 years ago, the interests of the city have been well cared for and protected by the Central Government. Meanwhile, we are faced with unstoppable technological advancements, the deepening of the US-European economic crisis, the worsening of the international political and economic situations and a globalised economy. Being bombarded by these changes and challenges, Hong Kong’s ability to adapt and innovate is constantly tested. The cacophony of populist rhetoric has smothered the voice of reason.”

“The establishment of the Hong Kong Business and Professionals Alliance is precisely timed to tackle the challenges of this period. A group of friends and I deeply believe that the economy is at the core of politics and people’s livelihood is the foundation of democracy in any society. No matter how fierce and intense a conflict is, ultimately we still need to reach a consensus.

Like everyone else, the Hong Kong Business and Professionals Alliance loves Hong Kong. Our members embrace and cherish its core values. We have our eyes on not only today or tomorrow but also the future that will affect our children and future generations. We are concerned about the Hong Kong of the next 10, 20 years and beyond.” Mr. Leung said.

Council chairman of the Alliance Dr. Peter Lam also shared his thoughts with the guests in the ceremony. “Hong Kong is my home. Hong Kong belongs to the seven million people here. Managing and nourishing our homeland is the honorable duty and right of every citizen. Upholding the “One country” principle and respecting the differences between the “Two systems” are our guidelines in constructing a better Hong Kong.”

The advisory board of the Alliance gathered together a number of celebrities from the business and professional sectors to work together for Hong Kong’s future development. Practical and specific recommendations on various social issues will be addressed and participation and influence in policy formulation will also be strengthened.

Looking ahead, the Alliance will take the initiative to invite like-minded friends to join; conduct policy research to support the work of councilors at all levels. In addition, the Alliance will expand its service scope to outreach into the community to strive for the support of the general public. With a common will and faith, the Alliance will not step back from contradictions and difficulties, but move towards a share goal to create a new political pattern and an ideal social environment for Hong Kong.

The logo of the Alliance reflects precisely this belief. The square outline of the logo symbolizes our society, whilst the space in white signifies the power of the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong. By consolidating the efforts from various sectors, with vigor and power, the alliance will mobilize the development of our society.

The Alliance was established in October this year. Members include seven LegCo members (Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen, Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung, Lau Wong-fat, Abraham Shek Lai-him, Chris Cheung Wah-fung, Lo Wai-kwok and Priscilla Leung Mei-fun), numerous district councilors and elites from the professional and business sector, who have long been involved in community work with a common goal. With a motto of “Business drives economy; Professionalism improves livelihood”, BPA wishes to work for the well being of Hong Kong people and create a solid foundation for our next generation.香港經濟民生聯盟成立慶祝酒會於12月18日假香港會議展覽中心舉行,典禮冠蓋雲集,並邀請到行政長官梁振英先生及中聯辦副主任林武先生到場祝賀。經民聯在各界人士的鼎力支持下,以及逾百位嘉賓一同見證下誕生。

聯盟主席梁君彥致辭時說,「回歸十五年來,在中央關護下,香港人努力奮鬥,帶來經濟的持續增長。但世界科技日新月異,歐美貨幣經濟泡沬嚴重,國際政治經濟形勢的惡化,經濟全球化等都衝擊著香港社會應變及求創新的能力。民粹的喧鬧,也蓋過了理性溝通的聲音。」
他說,「經濟民生聯盟的成立,就是為了迎接時局的挑戰。我及一班朋友都堅信,經濟就是政治的核心,民生就是民主的基礎,衝突無論有多激烈,共識是最終的依歸。經濟民生聯盟與大家一樣,擁抱香港核心價值;著眼的並非今天、明日,我們關心你的下一代,關心十年、二十年後的香港。」

經民聯監事會主席林建岳亦在酒會上分享他的理念,他說,「香港是我家,是我們七百萬港人的家園,齊家、治國,守護家園是每一個市民神聖的責任,堅持「一國」原則、尊重「兩制」差異,便是我們建設香港的大前提。」

經民聯的顧問團陣容鼎盛,包括多位來自工商、專業界別的社會知名人士,大家共同為香港未來出謀獻策,就各種社會議題提出實際具體的建議,並會加強政策制訂的參與度和影響力。

放眼未來,經民聯會採取主動,廣邀志同道合的朋友加入;進行政策研究,支援各級議員的工作。另外,經民聯會擴大服務範圍,深入社區,努力爭取廣大市民的支持;經民聯會憑著意志、信念,共同向著同一個目標前進,不會迴避矛盾,迎難而上,衝破障礙,期盼為香港開創新格局、締造理想社會環境。

經民聯的標誌正正反映了這份信念,方形圖案象徵社會,其中白色的部分代表著香港經濟民生聯盟的力量,凝聚各界力量,憑藉這股朝氣和動力,推動社會發展。

經民聯於今年10月成立,成員包括7位立法會議員(梁君彥、林健鋒、劉皇發,石禮謙、張華峰、盧偉國和梁美芬)、多位長期在地區工作的區議員、專業和工商界人,大家目標一致,以「工商帶動經濟、專業改善民生」為口號,期昐為香港下一代的未來打造基礎,為香港人的福祉出一分力。

下載:

1. Press Release (English Version)

2. 林建岳講辭_(中文版)

3. Speech by Dr.Peter Lam (English Version)

4.梁君彥講辭 (中文版)

5. Speech by Mr. Andrew Leung