“Indeed it is a privilege and honor to be elected as the President of The Chinese Chamber of Commerce Victoria for the year 2019 to 2020. It is an immense task to continue to spearhead its role in the Chinese community.
This Chamber was formed in 1987 , the vision of Dr Wellington Lee who felt that there was a great need to galvanize and unite the Chinese community in Victoria . As such he created this platform for the sole purpose of giving the Chinese community a voice and a platform to network and strategize its business needs.
Now more than 30 years later, the Chinese community in Australia particularly Victoria has increased by multiple folds through migration and biological growth , the community has transformed from its traditional businesses and assimilated to the broader Australian businesses ranging from professional services, traders, building related industries, property developments, manufacturing, financial services and the agricultural sector. The mentioned industries were the bastion of the local Australian businesses but currently the Chinese community has also made much progress and inroads into these sectors providing competitiveness and enhancing efficiency to the Australian economy.
As such we the Chinese Chamber of Commerce Victoria have a significant role in enhancing the Chinese community role in Victoria and also encouraging both foreign and local investments through our many overseas forums and conventions amongst the wider Chinese business community.
We will continue to be the mouth piece, the voice and platform to engage and rise to the challenges we all face especially in the current global scenario.
Although we are engage with sensitive issues before the Chinese community, we are apolitical in our resolve because the Chamber represents all Chinese from any political divides.
One of my personal vision is to encourage the Chinese Community to engage, respect and to assimilate into the Australian culture yet maintaining our Chinese identity. We bloom where we are planted and this has been the Chinese ethos in maintaining peace , harmony and prosperity in a blessed country Australia whom we call it home.”
— Alex Lim Hooi Kiang, President