The Hong Kong Association
The Hong Kong Association’s history is long, although its independent status dates only from 1961.
The China Association was first established in 1889, in order to represent the interests of the British mercantile community in Asia. The first Chairman was Sir George Bowen, and the committee included representatives of the principal City of London companies doing business in the Far East. In 1961, focus was given to the interests specific to Hong Kong by the formation of The Hong Kong Association and independence from its parent body.
The Association, which is a company limited by guarantee, include most of the principal British companies investing and doing business in Hong Kong, as well as leading Hong Kong companies active in the United Kingdom. The Association devotes particular effort to making sure that the business point of view is properly understood and given full weight; its policy is to cultivate contacts with ministers and policy-makers in the principal departments of both governments, as well as with other organisations such as the All-Party Parliamentary China Group. It maintains contacts with leading businessmen and policy-makers across the political spectrum. It also offers a platform to visiting Hong Kong Government officials, and to Executive and Legislative Councillors.
The Hong Kong Association maintains cordial contacts with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. The Director-General of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London is an ex-officio member of the committee, as is the Director (Europe) of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.
The Hong Kong Society
The aim of the Hong Kong Society is to provide a focus for all those who have an interest in Hong Kong and to develop and maintain social, cultural and professional links between Hong Kong and the UK. Baroness Dunn is the Honorary President and Nigel Johnson-Hill is the Chairman.
The HKS Business Network
The HKS Business Network is a new section within the Hong Kong Society and acts as a bridge between the Association and the Society focusing primarily on business networking and knowledge building. All HK Association members are Business Network members and are entitled for one representative to attend Business Network events. All other Business Network members must also be a HK Society member.
The HKAS Office
Both organisations are administered by a small office, which is based at Swire House in Buckingham Gate. The office is open at all working hours and is keen to continue to play its part in the continued good relations between the UK and the Special Administrative Region.
Address: Swire House, 59 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6AJ
Telephone: (020) 7963 9447
Office Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Closed on public holidays