The 1st Annual General Meeting of the Maritime Silk Road Society
The 1st Annual General Meeting of the Maritime Silk Road Society was held on 26 July at the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong to adopt the minutes of 1st Preparatory Meeting and to receive the 2015-2016 reports of the Executive Committee. The meeting was attended by about 60 people who were Advisors, office bearers of the Board of Governors, Executive Committee members and members of the Society. Among them were Advisors who made special trips to Hong Kong to attend the meeting. They were Professor Fan Zuojun, Director, Social Science Division, Guangxi University and Standing Deputy Director, China-ASEAN Research Institute of Guangxi University; Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen, Former Malaysian Minister of Tourism and Former Chairman of Tourism Malaysia; and Mr Chen Qiang, Vice President of CEFC China Energy Company Limited representing Chairman Mr Ye Jianming.
At the beginning of the meeting, Mrs Regina Ip, Co-Chair of MSRS delivered her welcoming remarks and reported on the conferences and youth and cultural activities of the Society, including the latest development of the “Operation Zhang Qian – University Student Summer Internship Programme”. Mr Roland Wong, Vice-Chair (Development) of the Youth Opportunities Committee represented Mr Bernard Chan, Co-Chair of MSRS to give a report on youth activities and membership recruitment. As of 30 June 2016, 500 members have joined the Society, including 12 corporate members, 36 institutional members, 211 individual members and 241 student members.
Meanwhile, Mr Alex Wong, CEO proposed that in future, new members will be required to pay the membership fee only but not the annual renewal fee anymore. Ms Wendy Tsang, Executive Director gave a report on the Statement of Comprehensive Income and Expenditure for the year ended on 31 March 2016.
The meeting was concluded with some valuable suggestions by the Advisors on the future directions and programme activities of the Society.