On the nineteenth of January 2005,
the Surveyors Registration Board held its first
meeting of the year. I was elected the chairman
of the board.
First of all, I would like to
thank every one of you for your support given
to the board in the past. My tribute also goes
to my previous board colleagues for their relentless
efforts in promoting the role of registered professional
surveyors in society. Some of them are still serving
on the board this year. I have the confidence
that together we can scale new heights.
The board, being a regulatory
body established under the Surveyors Registration
Ordinance, will continue to maintain the standard
of registered professional surveyors albeit there
are some people holding alike qualifications still
practicing as surveyors without registration.
While the board will continue to strengthen the
requirements for registration, registered professional
surveyors should seek further development to improve
their services to the community. Our common goal
is to enhance the image of registered professional
surveyors as a distinguished group of professionals
committing themselves to land and infrastructure
development, building and property management
in Hong Kong.
In order to maintain the stature
of every professional, introducing continuing
professional development for renewal of registration
could be considered as a means to this end. To
keep abreast with this, registered professional
surveyors should first make every endeavour to
comply with a high level of professionalism including
their ethical development. It is rather difficult
to monitor professional ethics. The board relies
on individual registered professional surveyors'
own appreciation of the ethics of surveying practices.
Hong Kong as an open society wants greater professional
integrity and commitment. It is the onus of registered
professional surveyors to maintain a good culture
of self-discipline in running their business.
It is my duty as the chairman
of the board to promote the status of registered
professional surveyors, as my predecessors have
endeavoured to achieve unrelentingly in the past.
The board will continue to seek full recognition
of surveyors registration from government departments
and other public or statutory organisations. To
this end, I trust the board's administrative committee
and promotion group will come up with more ideas
and means of doing it in the coming months.
Lastly, I would like to wish you
all a very prosperous year of the rooster.