Reportage: Ireland CG and Chamber host an evening with Jim Thompson

The Consulate General of Ireland and the Irish Chamber of Commerce held an Evening event where esteemed businessman Jim Thompson shared his story and experience with the Irish community in Hong Kong. 


The event was hosted in a collaborative effort between the Consulate General of Ireland and the Irish Chamber of Commerce as the second installment of the “Insider Evenings” series. Consul General Peter Ryan & Chamber Chairman Ian Carroll welcomed guests which included Niall Murray, Chair of The Irish Macau Chamber of Commerce.

The founder and chairman of Crown Worldwide shared how he and his father, who had Irish roots, started their logistics business in Japan 50 years ago with only USD1,000. He also explained how the stability of Hong Kong and the adaptability of local workers contributed to the success of his empire. He mentioned the recent political developments have not changed his mind about the opportunities available in Hong Kong.

During the Q&A session that followed, Jim Thompson made some shocking comments about the Umbrella Movement. Read it here.

After the Q&A session, the night ended with a words of appreciation from Consul General Peter Ryan for Mr Thompson and for Enda Curran, Chief Asia Economics Correspondent, Bloomberg, who interviewed Mr Thompson on the night. CG Ryan also encouraged the Irish community to leverage their strengths in promoting Irish products and bringing them to Hong Kong.

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Michael Wong has a background in journalism in Canada and Hong Kong, including stints in print and radio media. He has worked with Metro Radio and CKMS Radio. He also has experience in PR and operations management with Franklin Templeton Investments and community based organisations in Hong Kong, Canada and mainland China. He majored in Political Science and Economics and minored in International Relations at the prestigious University of British Columbia after graduating from St. Paul's College, Hong Kong.