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Mike Rowse

Mike Rowse

Former director of Invest HK
Language : English

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  • The future of the Chinese economy. Where the Chinese economic miracle came from and where it is going.
  • The role of Hong Kong in the economic development of China. A small city with an extraordinary impact on its vast hinterland.
  • The do´s and dont´s of doing business in China.

Mike Rowse first came to Hong Kong in 1972 and has lived there ever since. After brief spells as a tutor and a tabloid journalist, he joined the Independent Commission Against Corruption on its establishment in 1974. After working in both the Operations and Corruption Prevention Departments, he joined the Government proper in 1980 as an Administrative Officer. After a variety of different postings, Mike became the first Director of the Financial Secretary's Office from 1997 - 2000,

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Mike Rowse first came to Hong Kong in 1972 and has lived there ever since. After brief spells as a tutor and a tabloid journalist, he joined the Independent Commission Against Corruption on its establishment in 1974. After working in both the Operations and Corruption Prevention Departments, he joined the Government proper in 1980 as an Administrative Officer. After a variety of different postings, Mike became the first Director of the Financial Secretary's Office from 1997 - 2000, and from 1999 - 2000 was appointed concurrently as the first Commissioner for Tourism. In those twin capacities, he was the lead negotiator with the Walt Disney Company which resulted in the building of Hong Kong Disneyland. In July 2000, Mike set up Invest HK, the investment promotion agency established by the Hong Kong Government, and was its first Director-General up to his retirement in December 2008. The agency won several awards during his tenure and was recently recognized as the best investment promotion agency in Asia. Mike picked up considerable commercial experience while working with the Government. He was chairman for five years of the public/private joint venture company which built and operated AsiaWorld-Expo. He was the first director of Hong Kong International Theme Parks Limited (which owns HK Disneyland), and an alternate director of the MTRC and KCRC among other statutory bodies. In 2001, Mike became the first expatriate civil servant in Hong Kong's history to naturalise as a Chinese National. 

Since his retirement, Mike has written a best-selling book ("No Minister & No, Minister: The True Story of HarbourFest" *) and been appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a regular columnist for both the South China Morning Post and the Hong Kong Economic Journal and co-hosts a radio programme on RTHK weekly. Mike has been appointed as the Search Director of Stanton Chase International, an executive search firm. He has also been appointed a director of Excorp Life Sciences Limited (originally an American biomedical company) and Global Corporate Services (HK) Limited, a firm providing company secretary services. Mike is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors.

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Cover van No Minister & No, Minister: The True Story of HarbourFest

No Minister & No, Minister: The True Story of HarbourFest

ISBN: 9881869382
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 In the depths of the 2003 SARS crisis, Mike Rowse, a career Hong Kong civil servant, was handed the poisoned chalice of HarbourFest, intended to be (and which in many ways was) a psychological and commercial shot in the arm. Politics, as it often does, took precedence over sense, and Rowse was scapegoated for the perceived failings of this attempt to pull off a world-class entertainment festival in only three months. Rowse endured disciplinary hearings and ended up taking the Hong Kong Government to court. He won. This True Story of HarbourFest is not just an insider's account of the workings of the Hong Kong Government; it is also a thoughtful treatise on the drawbacks of the Ministerial Accountability System, a system which failed HarbourFest and Rowse, there being No Minister who ever took responsibility.

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