25 January 2020

Bernard Chan

Executive Council member and former legislator; Hong Kong delegate to the National People’s Congress
  • Flags stand outside the UN building in Geneva. Wealth inequality can become a serious social and political issue, as many governments and corporates are realizing. Photo: Bloomberg

    Stakeholder capitalism vs shareholder capitalism

    - Dec 16, 2019 3:23pm
    Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, recently marked the 50th anniversary of his organization by unveiling a new ‘Davos Manifesto’. His aim is to ask what sort of capitalism the world needs...
  • With the rise of social media, fake news has become a growing threat in many parts of the world. Photo: Reuters

    Guarding against fake news

    - Oct 28, 2019 2:38pm
    I have written before in this column about the negative effects of social media and other digital channels in enabling cyber-bullying. Online intimidation, harassment and doxing have become especially ugly in recent months as Hong Kong’s...
  • Among the worrisome developments during the Hong Kong protest movement is the targeting of police officers and their families by publishing their personal information online. Photo: Reuters

    Time to take the online harassment problem more seriously

    - Sep 4, 2019 12:42pm
    It is hard not to feel a growing sense of disquiet about the developments in Hong Kong in the past few months and the impact on society. The extradition bill has been abandoned, but the protests...
  • Financial Secretary Paul Chan speaks at the inauguration ceremony of the Hong Kong Academy of Finance on June 26. Photo: HK Govt

    How the Academy of Finance can boost HK soft power

    - Jul 3, 2019 9:57am
    We hear a lot about whether Hong Kong is over-reliant on particular economic sectors, and whether we need a more diversified economy. This may be the case if we have industries that are in decline or...
  • Some researchers believe Hong Kong's looming housing shortage needs immediate attention. Photo: Reuters

    How should we view the home supply-demand gap?

    - Jun 4, 2019 8:33am
    Amid the trade friction between China and the United States, the local debate over extradition arrangements and other international and local issues, it is easy to forget that Hong Kong has some serious domestic problems to...
  • The Hong Kong stock exchange has made it compulsory for companies to release details about how they are addressing environmental, social and governance issues. Photo: AFP

    Why ESG reporting is important for HK firms

    - Apr 30, 2019 4:14pm
    Hong Kong has just been through the earnings season, the period when many listed companies announce their previous year’s financial results. It is a routine many of us are familiar with: accountants and auditors finalize the...
  • Hong Kong’s extradition arrangements with mainland China are just one part of a much larger picture, writes Bernard Chan. Photo: Bloomberg

    Extradition agreements: A bigger picture

    - Apr 3, 2019 1:02pm
    The Hong Kong government has attracted a mixture of criticism and praise following its decision to reduce the scope of its proposed amendments to the law on fugitive offenders. Following strong opposition from sections of the...
  • City Hall was considered very modern when it was built in the early 1960s. Its architectural style is no longer rare, but it is the first of its sort in our city. Photo: GovHK

    Preserving Hong Kong’s historic buildings

    - Feb 25, 2019 12:33pm
    Over the years, I have been involved in several bodies concerned with Hong Kong’s built heritage. I have served on the Antiquities Advisory Board and the Advisory Committee on Revitalization of Historic Buildings. I also sit...
  • One of the key moments when Asians “arrived” in US life was when Taiwan-born architect I.M. Pei won the commission to design the Kennedy Library in 1964. Photo: Facebook

    How US history reminds us the importance of immigration

    - Jan 30, 2019 3:05pm
    A contact of mine has recently had a book published about the Asian – especially Chinese – immigrant experience in the United States. It is not only a history of Chinese migration to America, which is...
  • NGOs, activists and academics are exploring ways to help welfare services keep pace with changing social needs while ensuring that resources are used to maximum effect. Photo: HKCSS

    Pay-for-success welfare

    - Dec 28, 2018 11:04am
    Hong Kong’s total recurrent spending on welfare for this financial year is some HK$73 billion. This funds a variety of programs aimed at family and children, social security, the elderly and other groups. Much of these...
  • As is the case with the sea port, Hong Kong’s airport is being challenged by rivals in nearby cities in the region. Photo: HKIA

    Why HK needs to support aviation industry growth

    - Nov 29, 2018 3:45pm
    I recently wrote about the maritime industry, and how the government is looking at tax incentives and other ways to maintain Hong Kong as a hub for the industry in the face of growing overseas competition....
  • Hong Kong has been dropping as a hub for maritime services. We now rank seventh in the world, behind Singapore, Hamburg, Oslo, Shanghai, London and Rotterdam. Photo: Reuters

    Should tax incentives be used to support HK’s maritime industry?

    - Oct 29, 2018 12:40pm
    In her policy address on Oct. 10, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced a large number of policies ranging from land to transport and healthcare. Understandably, her ideas on livelihood issues grabbed a lot of...
  • Some health professionals agree that e-cigarettes are probably less harmful than the traditional sort – but not all do. Photo: Reuters

    How should policymakers approach e-cigarettes?

    - Aug 30, 2018 12:18pm
    The Hong Kong government is proud of its tobacco control efforts. The rate of smoking among the adult population is now below 20 percent. Officials believe they can get the number down to below 10 percent...
  • The HKeMobility app aims to provide a quick and more convenient way to search for routes of different transportation modes, journey times and fares, as well as disseminate real-time traffic news. Photo: HK Govt

    Smart City path needs to be inclusive and bottom-up

    - Jul 30, 2018 1:36pm
    The Hong Kong government recently launched the HKeMobility app. After downloading it onto their smartphones free of charge, residents can use it to plan trips around the city by road, rail, foot, and so on. It...
  • The numbers of women coming forward publicly made it clear that sexual harassment is far more common than we would want to think. Photo: Reuters

    The #MeToo movement

    - Jul 3, 2018 1:56pm
    Only nine months ago, the American news media reported that a number of women were accusing film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct. What happened next perhaps changed the world. Hundreds of women used the hashtag...
  • Art therapy incorporates all kinds of art form such as movement, dance, music, visual art, writing and drama. Image:

    How arts inclusion can counter social exclusion

    - May 30, 2018 8:54am
    Most of us in Hong Kong have probably not heard much about ‘arts inclusion’. It is about countering social exclusion through improving access to arts and culture for the marginalized. In Hong Kong, marginalization tends to...
  • In Hong Kong, the median household income has grown more slowly than GDP over the last 15-20 years. Photo: Bloomberg

    The accuracy of GDP as a measurement

    - May 2, 2018 12:39pm
    Business guru Peter Drucker said, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure”. His reasoning was simple: without an accurate way to measure results, you have no way to tell whether your management methods are successful. Government...
  • Chinese NGOs such as One Foundation have linked up with international groups to get relief supplies and workers into disaster areas overseas. Photo: CNSA

    Chinese NGOs expand activities overseas

    - Mar 29, 2018 4:48pm
    China’s role in international affairs has changed massively in the last couple of decades. The country is likely to further expand its global engagement in the coming years, and its non-government organizations will probably play a...
  • Hong Kong's stock market operator is gathering opinions as to what need to be done to encourage high-growth innovative companies to list on the local bourse. Photo: Reuters

    Why stock listing rules reform is so critical to HK

    - Mar 2, 2018 5:05pm
    Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) recently released a consultation paper on potential change of listing rules that can help attract more innovative companies to the local bourse. The paper contains proposals to attract two types...
  • In the United States, it is usual in many grade schools for all students to stand for the pledge of allegiance every morning before class. Photo: YouTube

    National Anthem Law doesn’t have to be controversial

    - Feb 7, 2018 4:44pm
    Last November, the standing committee of the National People’s Congress inserted a law against insulting the national anthem into Hong Kong’s Basic Law. This followed the passing of a similar law applying on the mainland. In...