President’s Message

1 July 2022

Dear Members,

It is the time to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR of the People’s Republic of China. Following the appointment of Principle Officials for the six-term of the HKSAR Government, Hong Kong is starting a new chapter to usher in a new era of opportunities. I am delighted to learn that our Honorary Fellow Ir Lam Sai-hung, GBS, JP has been appointed as Secretary for Transport and Logistics of the sixth-term Government of the HKSAR. I look forward to the continuous and proactive collaboration between the Government and the Institute to benefit the construction industry in Hong Kong. Besides, my heartfelt congratulations to our Honorary Fellow Ir WAI Chi-sing, GBS, JP for his re-appointment as the Managing Director of Urban Renewal Authority (URA), our Honorary President and CMA 2018 HKICM Outstanding Achievement Awardee, Cr Thomas Ho, JP for his appointment as the Chairman of the Construction Industry Council and our Fellow and CMA 2020 HKICM Outstanding Achievement Awardee, Ir Dr. Conrad Wong, BBS, JP for his appointment as the Chairman of the Council of Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU). In addition, my warmest congratulations to our Honorary President, Cr Daniel Shum for the conferment of VTC 40th Anniversary Outstanding Alumni Award in recognizing his remarkable achievements and contributions to the construction industry.

The preparation of the 25th CMA and Anniversary Dinner are progressing well. There are nearly thirty entries for the three award categories namely Large Scale Project, Medium Scale Project, and Young Construction Manager. My special thanks to our council members who participated in the first screening assessment. The logo enhancement to include our Chinese name and slight color modification have been completed. The enhanced logo design will be adopted in making our new HKICM pins and ties.

Although Covid-19 continues impacting our normal routine, we successfully held the Spring Gathering Lunch cum Honorary Appointment Ceremony in May 2022. The Ceremony provided an excellent networking opportunity for our current session General Councilors, and our VIP guests including Sr Hon Tony Tse, LegCo Member HKSAR, and seven of our incumbent Hon Presidents. I am glad that Dr. Daron Leung has been appointed as our new Honorary Safety Advisor and Mr. Damon So and Mr. Joseph Chung are re-appointed as our Honorary Legal Advisors. In addition to our current Honorary Advisors, Sr Hon Tony Tse and Ir Hon W K Lo, I am so thrilled that Hon Louis Loong has accepted our invitation as our Honorary Advisor starting in September 2022. Once again, my heartfelt thanks for their unreserved support and expert advice on various issues and occasions.

My special appreciation to our Honorary President Cr C.W. Tang and IPP Cr Tony Za for their unfailing support and contribution in facilitating the signing of MoU with the Institute of International Experts Limited and MoC with the HKIE (Building Division) respectively. With these arrangements in place, we maintain collaborative partnership and cooperation in knowledge sharing, continuous professional development, technical visits, and stakeholders’ engagement.

Following the first HKICM/HKIA/CIOB joint event – “Site Visit to Hong Kong Palace Museum” organized by CIOB, HKICM organized the second joint event – “The Northern Metropolis Development Strategy – Vision and Actions” on 13 June 2022. Professor K.K. Ling, SBS was invited as the speaker who made a fantastic presentation focusing on the vision and actions of the Northern Metropolis Development Strategy.

The Development Bureau had issued a Technical Circular (Works) setting out the policy on the implementation of the Security of Payment Provisions in public works contracts with a view to facilitate timely processing of contract payments and provide an interim mechanism for a speedy resolution of payment disputes before the enactment of the Security of Payment Legislation (SOPL). The first HKICM Adjudicator Training and Accreditation Programme has been delivered by the master class trainer, Dr. Christopher To. The Adjudicator Training and Accreditation Programme aims to equip our members to be adjudicators for the foreseeable adjudication need.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and healthy life. Please stay tuned to our website to learn more about the latest development of the HKICM.

Best Wishes,

Cr FUNG Kwok-keung, Conrad
President
1st July 2022

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Mr. Damon So

Partner in the Construction and Engineering Practice of the Hong Kong office of international law firm Hogan Lovells

– One of the few lawyers listed in the “Hall of Fame” (for Construction) of Legal 500, a leading legal directory in Hong Kong and recognised as a leading individual in various
authoritative legal directories.

– Qualified as a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer

– Member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (MHKIE) (Civil & Structural disciplines)

– Qualified as a solicitor

– Has undertaken a wide range of both contentious and non-contentious construction legal work in respect of both building and civil projects

– Including both pursuing and defending a number of professional negligence claims

– Acts as an arbitrator and has had substantial experience in other dispute resolution procedures including mediation

– HKMAAL Accredited Mediator and a Panel Mediator of HKIAC

– Has also spoken widely on topics relating to arbitration and construction legal issues. 

Dr Daron Leung

Dr. Daron LEUNG, Vice President of The Hong Kong Federation of Occupational Safety & Health Association, Immediate Past President of The Hong Kong Occupational Safety & Health  Association, Principal Consultant of Occupational Safety & Health & Environmental Consulting Associate Ltd.

Mr Joseph Chung

Joseph Chung is a Solicitor Advocate. He is also a registered foreign lawyer of the
Singapore International Commercial Court. He was previously a Barrister until he became a Solicitor in 2001. He is also a fellow member of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors.

Joseph has extensive experience in all aspects of construction in both private and public sector work, advising developers, contractors, consultants and banks.

Over the years in his practice as a lawyer, he has been involved in many high profile construction projects, including the Hong Kong airport core project, the Express Rail Link and the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhui Bridge. He was involved in the Commission of Inquiry into Excess Lead found in Drinking Water in 2015/2016. He is recommended in the area of construction in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2014 – 2021 editions) and acknowledged as one of the leading lawyers in the area of construction in Chambers Asia Pacific (2014 – 2021 editions) and the exclusive winner of the “Construction” category in Hong Kong by the Client Choice Awards 2018 & 2021. He is also recognised as a Leading Construction & Infrastructure Litigation Lawyer (2020 – 2021) and a Leading Front End Construction, Infrastructure & Projects Lawyer (2020) by Doyle’s Guide Hong Kong.

Joseph is the co-author of the Hong Kong version of one of the leading UK construction text “Emden’s Construction Law in Hong Kong”.