"Victoria Harbour is an integral part of Hong Kong that we all treasure. It deserves all our efforts to protect it and make it more beautiful ... so that our citizens and visitors can stay away from the hubbub of the city, stroll along the promenades and enjoy the beautiful scenery and refreshing sea breeze."
HKSAR Chief Executive, the Hon Tung Chee-hwa, 1999 Policy Address.
A world-class harbour is important if Hong Kong is to become a truly liveable city, which it needs to do for at least three key reasons: to improve the health and well-being of our citizens, to maintain and enhance Hong Kong's attraction as a tourist destination and to make Hong Kong an attractive place for overseas nationals to live and work.
To achieve the objective of protecting Hong Kong's prime natural asset, the Harbourfront Commission recommended in 2012 that a dedicated statutory body be established with "its own financial resources and mission for the long-term objective of creating a world-class harbourfront for Hong Kong that is attractive, vibrant, accessible and sustainable."
Since then, in 2016 the Commission has submitted a final report to the Government following two rounds of public consultation on the proposal to set up a Harbourfront Authority, a proposal that was mentioned in the CE-designate's election manifesto and which she has since confirmed her wish to pursue.
The event is organized by the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, is pleased to invite members/ non-members to a talk by Mr Nicholas Brooke, Chairman of the Harbourfront Commission
, on the way forward for Hong Kong's waterfront.
A light lunch will be provided.
Supported by the Environment Committee