00 Conferring Ceremony for Dr. Chan King Wai as Honorary Academician from University of Oxford
(May 15th, 2019, Shanghai) Dr. Chan King Wai, the Chairman of the Hong Kong King Wai Group and Deputy Director of the National Economic Committee of the 12th CPPCC (Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference), received an Honorary Academician Fellowship from the University of Oxford yesterday. The conferring ceremony was held in Qunxian Hall, Building 6, Shanghai Hongqiao Hotel. Professor Alan Hudson, the Director of the Leadership and Public Policy Program at the University of Oxford, presented this honorary awarding to Dr. Chan King Wai’s in recognition of his contribution to the construction of the “Belt and Road” initiative since 2014.
Dr. Chan King Wai was born in Shantou, Guangdong Province. He settled in Hong Kong in 1979 and founded Hong Kong King Wai Group in 1983 and has been the Chairman since then. Over the years, Dr. Chan has laid a good foundation for the group through the ups and downs in the business area. Until now, the Group’s business has covered multiple fields, such as real estate, modern service industry, finance, insurance, international trade and other areas, which has made a remarkable achievements. Under the leadership of Dr. Chan, the King Wai Group has made layout of business in ASEAN region and other countries along the Belt and Road.
The Group has not only developed real estate and insurance business in Thailand, and built transnational linkage of “Bauhinia Valley China and ASEAN Free Trade Cooperation Center”, but also expanded its to develop financial business. In 2015, Dr. Chan submitted a proposal to the National Committee of the CPPCC, of which is to “Give full play to the role of Hong Kong, Macao, Overseas Chinese and their communities in implementing the ‘Belt And Road” initiative”. In 2016, Dr. Chan was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. He was highly praised by all walks of life and further affirmed his contribution to the business community.
Dr. Chan not only has made outstanding achievements in commerce and trade, but also supports community and public affairs. He is an example of patriotism and love for the country and Hong Kong. As the major sponsor of the Hong Kong Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Chan is also the Vice Chairman of the 11th All-China National Federation of Industry and Commerce, the Chairman of the Bauhinia Valley Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Center, the Honorary Chairman of the Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Vice President of the China Overseas Chinese Investment Enterprise Association, the Vice Chairman of the Council of Renmin University of China, the Vice Chairman of the Council of University of International Business and Economics, Vice Chairman of the Council of Jinan University, the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Communication University of China, etc.
Dr. Chan, who processes a number of public titles, has led the Chamber of Commerce to implement the dual-way development strategy of “Bringing in” and “Going out” with the tenet of “Seeking Truth and Being Pragmatic and Developing Together” and based on “Belt and Road” initiative. Ha has made much contribution to give play to the advantages of Hong Kong, create a bridge of investment and exchange among the business communities, and actively promote business exchanges among Hong Kong, the Mainland China and the international communities.
Dr. Chan has always hoped that youths from Hong Kong, overseas Chinese and the second generation of youth in the Mainland China to integrate into the national public entrepreneurship and innovation. Therefore, he donated HKS$240 million to establish a development platform and invited these young people to receive free learning, training, coaching, communication and cooperation, so as to play their respective advantages.
At the same time, he donated HK$20 million to Jinan University to set up the “King Wai Economic Development Institute in Great Bay Area of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau”, which will help the relevant government departments in the Great Bay Area to make decision. In 2017, he also sponsored HK$20 million to support the education bureau of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to launch the “Belt and Road Scholarship” in Thailand to attract outstanding Thai students to study for bachelor’s degree in Hong Kong and cultivate talents for the implementation of the “Belt and Road” initiative. Dr. Chan has spared no effort in nurturing young generation.