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First 15-20 minutes is for networking
Light Breakfast included

Hosted by the China Business Committee

In May 1978, AMCHAM member and Hong Kong representative of the National Council for US China Trade John Kamm, was asked to come to the offices of China Resources, then located on the top floor of the Bank of China Building. There he was told by a senior official that China was instituting a policy of joint production projects with foreign companies. Kamm was invited to recommend American companies based in Hong Kong. Six months later, the Third Plenum in 1978 was for the 11th  CCP Central Committee took place in Beijing. It ushered in China's 'reform and opening" policy and cemented Deng Xiaoping's position as the country's paramount leader.

Thirty five years later, the CCP held The Third Plenum in 1978 was for the 11 th CCP Central Committee in Beijing from November 9-12.
As in 1978, signs of impending economic reforms could be seen in the run-up to the plenum, including liberalization of some rates and fees, moves against large state-owned enterprises in the guise of an anti-corruption campaign, steps to enhance convertibility of the renminbi and the establishment of a free trade zone in Shanghai.

Receiving less attention that economic reforms, important social reforms are mooted, including the abolition of the decades-old household registration system. If implemented, eliminating the hukou system would have a significant impact on the human rights of the Chinese people, notably migrant workers.

In his remarks, John Kamm, former AMCHAM president and now executive director of The Dui Hua Foundation, will give his observations on prospects for economic and social reform in the wake of the Third Plenum. He will have just arrived in Hong Kong after spending a week in Beijing speaking with Chinese officials, foreign diplomats and journalists.


The American Chamber of Commerce in HK
1904 Bank of America Tower
12 Harcourt Road

Central, Hong Kong

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