HKQAA Green Finance Certification Scheme Presentation Ceremony cum Forum 2019

I was honor to be invited as VIP represented Hong Kong Society for Quality to attend Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency (HKQAA) Green Finance Certification Scheme Presentation Ceremony cum Forum 2019 on 25th Mar 2019.  Green Finance is a strategic tool for promoting the economic development and regional cooperation in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and along the Belt and Road. In keeping with the development of the national Green Finance policy and being supported by the Hong Kong SAR Government, HKQAA has taken the lead to develop the Green Finance Certification Scheme to provide third-party conformity assessments for Green Finance issuers since 2016.  Before the ceremony, I met many HKQAA friends and we took some photos for memory.

Photo with Mr. Wong Ka Wo, Simon (Deputy Chairman, HKQAA), Mr. Bryne Pang and Ms. Bess Choi.

Photo with Mr. Calvin Luk, Ms. Bess Choi and Mr. Edmond Fung.

Photo with Mr. Adams Wong

Photo with Ms. Meico Cheong

I met cohort of CityU Eminence Society Dr. Wilson Chan (Associate Director of MBA Programme, CityU) and he was one of panelists in the forum.

I also met my teacher Dr. CN Ng (Associate Professor, Dept. of Geography, HKU) during my study HD and MPhil.

Before the event start, I visit the HKEX Exhibition Hall.

Today’s Hang Seng Index was observed.

In the beginning, Ir Dr Hon Lo Wai Kwok (Chairman of HKQAA) gave the welcoming remarks. He said green finance was also acting as a strategic tools for promoting economic development and regional cooperation in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and along the Belt and Road.

The Hon Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, GBM, GBS, JP, (The Acting Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) gave the opening remarks.  He said that Hong Kong government placed a high priority on developing the economy on a sustainable basis and on becoming a regional hub for green finance.

Then group photos were taken.

(Left: Mr. Wong Ka Wo, Simon, Mr Wong Kam-sing (Secretary for the Environment), Ir C S Ho, The Hon Matthew Cheung Kin-chung (The Acting CE, HKSAR), Ir Dr Hon Lo Wai Kwok, Mr James Henry Lau (Secretary for Financial) and Dr Michael P H Lam)

Then HKQAA board members with guests took a group photo

The first speaker was Dr. Nigel H Croft (Chairman of ISO Technology Subcommittee (ISO/TC 176/SC2); Associate Technical Director of HKQAA) using video presentation and his topic was “ISO 14030 – The Upcoming First ISO Standard for Green Bonds).  Firstly, Dr. Nigel Croft introduced HKQAA achievements such as accredited by Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (2011), Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index (2014), Observer of Green Bond Principles under International Capital Market Association (ICMA) (2018) and Approved Verifier under Climate Bonds Standard (2018).  


CityU Seminar on “What can an AI Chatbot Teach You?”

The Seminar named “What can an AI Chatbot Teach You?” was organized by Centre for Chaos and Complex Networks, CityU and Dept. of EIE, PolyU, as well as, co-sponsored by IEEE Hong Kong Section, Robotics and Automation/Control Systems Joint Chapter on 22nd Mar 2019.  John McCarthy who coined the term Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a 1956 Dartmouth workshop once said “He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense”. Dr. Tan would talk about a Chatbot for teaching large computer science classes of undergraduates, running a trial of personalized learning technology driven by research in computer science, mathematical logic and pedagogy. I took a photo with speaker Dr. Chee Wei Tan before the seminar.

I also met my old colleague Mr. Stephen Wong (EPA Centre, EE Dept., CityU) 

Dr. Chee Wei Tan (Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, CityU) was the speaker and he aimed to share some observations on core algorithmic challenges of AI and intelligence augmentation.

Firstly, he shared some AI gurus’ views.  

Then he proposed human-based computation for AI.  He quoted Leo Cherne statement “The computer is incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid. Man is unbelievably slow, inaccurate, and brilliant. The marriage of the two is a force beyond calculation.” for explanation.

And then Dr. Tan described some reasons he used Chatbot for teaching and one of interested things was the power of Emojis.

Nemo Bot is Facebook Messenger chatbot software. Nemo Bot teaches computer science subjects and advanced mathematics. There’s no royal road to geometry but Nemo Bot’s there to help on the road to mastery!

CityU President's Lecture series - Big Data Analysis & AI: Opportunities & Challenges

The President's Lecture Series: Excellence in Academia offers a platform for CityU academics to discuss wide-ranging academic investigations with students, faculty and staff across the CityU community.  Big data and machine learning are currently two main techniques used in artificial intelligence (AI) applications.  A historical review of AI and explain the basic principles of data classification and machine learning methods would be discussed in this lecture.  Before the lecture, I took a photo with guest speaker Prof. Hong Yan for memory.

I also met CityU President Prof. Way Kuo and my old colleague Mr. Spencer Chan (Sr. Manager, Business Development, HKSTP).

Professor Hong Yan (Chair Professor of Computer Engineering, CityU) was our guest speaker and his topic named “Big Data Analysis and Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities and Challenges”.

In the beginning, he introduced where data come from such as multimedia, business observation, R&D, etc. Camera especially digital camera was sensor for data acquisition.  (Remark: The mirror image showed the full house of participants.)

Then Prof. Yan then introduced the history of AI from 1950s to present.  After 2011, big data and deep learning became the hot topics in AI.  

Prof. Yan mentioned the 4th industrial revolution in which 100 startups using AI to transform industries. He stated expert system advantage on using intuitive rules but noise sensitive.  


HKSQ Dinner for congratulating Angela wedding

During the 4th HKSQ Exco meeting on 21st Mar 2019, we knew that our vice-chairlady Ms. Angela Wong had married.  So HKSQ exco arranged a dinner for congratulating Angela wedding. 

(Left: Ricky Suen, Ben Tsang, Peter Fung, I, Minda Chiang, Jane Wong and Angela Wong)


Briefing on Applications to Professional Services Advancement Support Scheme (PASS)

The Professional Services Advancement Support Scheme (“PASS”) for organizing professional exchange, promotion and training projects was launched by the Government to directly fund industry-led projects for promotion and development of Hong Kong's professional services.  HKSQ was invited for this briefing session on 21st Mar 2019 in Central Government Offices.

Ms. Fion Chow and Ms. Rachel Chow were PASS representative to explain the scheme to us.  The briefed the background of PASS which was approved by Legco for $200 million in July 2016 and the first round to application in Nov 2016. 

Government supported profession service aimed as below:
1.      Improving market access
2.      Spearheading market promotion
3.      Enhancing standards and external competitiveness
Where PASS is part of such services and it has three objectives:
1.      Increasing exchanges and co-operation
2.      Promoting publicity activities
3.      Enhancing standards and external competitiveness

A wide range of professional sectors are eligible for PASS, including accounting, legal, building and construction, healthcare, information and communications technology, design and technical testing and analysis, amongst others.  

HKSQ is belong to others such as business consultancy, technical testing and analysis.

Maximum PASS grant for each approved project is HK$3 million or 90% of the total eligible project cost, whichever is lower.

And then the application process was mentioned.

Finally, they briefed the application and assessment cycle and the coming deadline was 31 May 2019 (10th round).  

During Q&A, we asked the procurement requirement that 2 quotations under HK$50k and 5 quotations over HK$50k.  For university, 5% contribution come from venue and teacher’s time but another 5% should be come from industry cash sponsor.  For NGO, 10% contribution could be in cash or in kind (man hour & venue).



Chu Hai College Public Talk on Uzbekistan: On the Reform Path

Chu Hai College of Higher Education organized a Public Talk named “Uzbekistan: On the Reform Path” on 19th Mar 2019.  Uzbekistan has been considered to be the coming geostrategic hub of the Central and of the Eurasian landmass as a whole.  This seminar introduced their economic revitalization that opens the window to Uzbekistan and to the Central Asia. Before the talk, I took a photo with Dr CHAN Man Hung, Thomas (Director, One Belt One Road Research Institute (OBORRI), Chu Hai College of Higher Education) for memory.

It is my first time visited Chu Hai College of Higher Education.  The new campus was established in 2016 and its building cost and land were supported by Jockey Club and Government respectively. 

The Chu Hai College of Higher Education founded in 1947.  The name of the College was explained in the following diagram.

Prof. Lap-Chee Tsui (President, ASHK) had serviced in the college in 1972.

I recognized a new friend Mr. Stephen Chan (Deputy President, The Association of Hong Kong Accountants (AHKA); Chief Consultant, Trinity-C Management Ltd.).

In the beginning, Prof. CF Lee (President, Chu Hai College of Higher Education) gave a welcome speech.

Then Dr Thomas Chan introduced the guest speaker Prof. Komiljon Karimov who has been Rector of Westminster International University in Tashkent from Mar 2015.  He had worked at UN agencies such as UNESCO and UNICEF where he dealt with the development challenges in the area of education and healthcare.  He has an extensive research interest and experience in the field of international education.  Prof. Karimov holds a PhD degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent.

Prof. Komiljon Karimov (Rector, Westminster International University in Tashkent) presented the topic “Uzbekistan: On the Reform Path”.


Visit to ActiveCareGroup Fo Tan Office

We were honor to be invited by Mr. Peter Suen (Pharmacist & Owner, ACP ActiveCareGroup (明心医疗集团)) to visit ActiveCareGroup office in Fo Tan on 12th Mar 2019.  Dr. TW Liu (SEEM, CityU) (IP expert) and Dr. Franklin Leung (SCOPE, CityU) (IT expert) and I visited and understand the whole process flow of ACP for AI related techniques implementation study.

(Left: Mr. Peter Suen, Ms. Wendy Mui, Dr. Franklin Leung, I and Dr. TW Liu)

Mr. Peter Suen introduced his business background and problems in his industry.

After that we had lunch and continued to discuss the future development on ACP.

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20180419: Peter Suen sponsor Student FYP and visit CityU SEEM Laboratories - https://qualityalchemist.blogspot.com/2018/04/peter-suen-sponsor-student-fyp-and.html
20180301: Visit to ActiveCareGroup Intelligent Robotic Solution (Shenzhen) Limited (II) - https://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2018/03/visit-to-activecaregroup-intelligent.html
20180210: Visit to ActiveCareGroup Intelligent Robotic Solution (Shenzhen) Limited - https://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2018/02/visit-to-activecaregroup-intelligent.html
20171217: Visit to Song Shan Lake (松山湖) - https://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2017/12/visit-to-song-shan-lake.html
20150528: HKSQ Technical Visit to ActiveCarePharmacy Medication Management Centre - https://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2015/05/hksq-technical-visit-to.html
20150411: HKSQ Pharmaceutical Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Workshop - https://qualityalchemist.blogspot.com/2015/04/hksq-pharmaceutical-good-manufacturing.html
20140319: HKSTP Seminar to gain trust from business partners by using management tools - https://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2014/03/hkstp-seminar-to-gain-trust-from.html


CityU Eminence Society –The 5th Exco Inauguration Ceremony & Annual Dinner 2019

The 5th Exco Inauguration Ceremony and Annual Dinner was held on 8 March 2019.  The CityU Eminence Society (CES) has established on 31 Dec 2010 and our mission is “To unite senior alumni to proactively contribute their resources, expertise and networks to help advance the University and serve the community”.  Dr. KS Chin and I arrived early to take a photo.

Then Dr. TW Liu and Mr. Dominic Lam arrived and we took a photo in front of the banner for memory.  I appreciated to Dr. Peter Ho & Dr. Raymond Leung who nominated Mr. Dominic Lam to join CityU Eminence Society (CES) and participate ceremony in their tables.

Before the ceremony, EngD cohorts and supervisors took a group photo for memory.

(Left: I, Dr. Gyver Lo, Dr. Raymond Leung, Dr. Sun, Dr. KS Chin, Dr. Peter Ho and Dr. TW Liu)

CES exco performed rehearsal for the inauguration ceremony.

Our new chairman Mr. Weeky Wong (CEO & Vice Chairman, Tai Sing Industrial Company Ltd.) gave a welcome speech and thanks for guests, professors and alumni. 

Council Chairman Mr. Lester G Huang gave congratulation speech especially that the UGC supports the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) to launch a UGC-funded six-year Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) programme with effect from the 2019/20 academic year.

Prof. Way Kuo (President, CityU) gave welcome speech and he told us Mr. Lester G Huang had written a letter to him for supporting Veterinary School ten years ago.  Now he became our council chairman.

Mr. Weeky Wong led inauguration of the 5th Executive Committee. Mr. Lester G Huang and Prof. Way Kuo were witness.


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