President / Vice President’s Message

HR Journal (Jan & Feb 2020 Issue)


Riding Out the Storm in 2020 


Dear Members,


2019 was a challenging year for Hong Kong. We witnessed the first deficit in the government’s accounts since 2004; we experienced unprecedented social and economic instability in the second half of the year impacting business sectors especially retail and tourism.


The HKIHRM has also had our share of challenges in 2019. Yet with steady hard work and determination we have managed to make it a memorable year. The HKIHRM Annual Conference & Exhibition “HR at the Crossroads: Disruptive Innovation.Workforce Dynamics”, was held in November.   The event attracted over 1,300 participants and we are truly grateful for our members’ support.


The conference offered symposiums and seminars by world renowned speakers and seasoned practitioners who shared insights on how to navigate change in the new era of work and manpower landscape. We trust that you had enjoyed the two-day event, picked up new ideas, made new friends and re-acquainted with old ones.


The first round of HKIHRM HR Excellence Awards interviews was held in December, with final round interviews scheduled for February. We look forward to your presence at the prize presentation ceremony in June where together we will celebrate the achievements of the crème de la crème of the HR profession.


Financial Secretary Paul Chan will unveil the 2020-21 Budget in February. The HKIHRM was honoured to be invited to submit our views for the Budget consultation. From safeguarding employment in the economic downturn to developing talent across generations, and from protecting employees’ mental wellbeing to releasing more tax relief measures, our submission has our members and the overall working population’s interests at heart.   We are hopeful that the government will listen to our collective voice and create a better employment landscape for Hong Kong in the year ahead.


As we just started the new Lunar Year of the Rat, may I take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous new year! Kung Hei Fat Choy!



Margaret Cheng
President of HKIHRM

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