It’s a great honor for me to be elected as the Chairman of the Association of Consulting Engineers Hong Kong (ACEHK) for Session 2022/2023.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our ways of living over the past three years, I am grateful and take great pride in witnessing how the engineering sector has coped with challenges through transforming our way of work execution and project delivery with the adoption of new technologies as well as the implementation of various anti-epidemic measures.
Looking forward, while our society is progressively returning to normal, the Government has pledged various key initiatives, such as Lantau Tomorrow, Northern Metropolis, three major roads and three strategic railways, etc., and committed resources into major infrastructure developments. Many say that the Hong Kong construction industry has entered a golden era, as nearly HK$100 billion per year will be spent on infrastructure projects, which is equivalent to 1,000 billion HKD for the coming 10 years. With the yearly capital works expenditure at its all-time high, our industry is also facing unprecedented challenges and shortages in human resources. Inevitably, there needs to be an evolution in the industry to develop a new way of working by integrating technologies, automations, as well as innovations to reduce manpower demands and enhance quantity, efficiency and quality in relation to project implementation and delivery.
ACEHK will keep abreast of the latest Government initiatives and visions, such as the Hong Kong Climate Action Plan 2050 on zero carbon emission and sustainable development. We will continue to be at the centerstage and play key roles as a bridge between the Government and the consulting industry, particularly on ways to collaborate and work hand-in-hand with all the stakeholders on implementing the large-scale infrastructure projects, as well as nurturing young talents to ensure a healthy and sustainable development of the industry in the long run. By promoting good image and prospects of our industry, ACEHK is missioned to attract new talents by telling the good stories of Hong Kong.
Last but not least, ACEHK has formulated a number of events and activities for the session of 2022/2023, including workshops, webinars, Government Liaison meetings, and mentorship program, etc. We hope to have your continued support and participation.
I look forward to meeting all of you in our upcoming ACEHK events and ventures.