Mr Edmund Ho Hau Wah, the First Chief Executive of the Macau Special Administrative Region

 

Mr Edmund Ho Hau Wah was elected Chief Executive-elect on 15 May, 1999 by the Selection Committee for the Chief Executive for the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR). He was appointed as Chief Executive-designate on 24 May, 1999 by the Premier of the State Council, Zhu Rongji, and formally sworn in as Chief Executive at a special ceremony marking the establishment of the Macau Special Administrative Region on 20 December, 1999.

Mr Ho was born in Macau in March 1955, and is married, with a son and a daughter. He is a son of Macau's late community leader and businessman, Mr Ho Yin who was married to Madam Chan Keng.

After completing his primary education, Mr Ho furthered his studies in Canada at the age of 14 in 1969. In 1978, he was graduated in Business Administration from York University, Canada, and afterwards was qualified as a chartered accountant and certified auditor in 1981. He was transferred to Hong Kong in 1982 after working in an accounting firm in Toronto.

Mr Ho returned to Macau and launched his business and political career in 1983, being dedicated to social affairs and charity activities. Mr Ho's business career included accounting, finance and banking, insurance, public transportation, mass media, technology, land development and public utilities. He was once an auditor of KPMG Peat Marwick, Executive Director and General Manager of Tai Fung Bank, Chairman of Transmac (Macau Urban Transport Company, Limited.), Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of CAM (Macau International Airport Company), Vice Chairman of the Board of the General Assembly of Air Macau Limited, Chairman of the Board of the MASC OGDEN Aviation Services, Vice President of the Board of Directors of Macau Television Company, etc.

Mr Ho started his political career in 1986 when he was a member to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). Two years later, he was appointed as deputy to the National People's Congress (NPC). He was also re-elected member to the Standing Committee of the eighth and ninth NPC.

Mr Ho had been Vice President of Macau Legislative Assembly for 11 years since 1988, the year when he entered the local legislature.

He has been engaged in the preparatory works for Macau's returning to her motherland for 11 years since the Sino-Portuguese Joint Declaration on the Question of Macau came into effect. He was appointed as Vice President of the Drafting Committee of the Basic Law of the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) in 1988. He was also Vice President of the Consultative Committee for the Drafting of the Basic Law of the Macau SAR in 1989. He was appointed as Vice President of the Preparatory Committee of the Macau SAR in 1998. In addition, Mr Ho was the Convener of the Land Fund Investment Commission of the Macau SAR.

For more than ten years that Mr Ho had run several institutions and associations - industry, finance, education, charity, sports. Since the establishment of the Macau Association of Banks in 1985, he had been the Chairman thereafter. He was also the Vice President of the Macau Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chairman of All China Federation of Industry and Commerce, Vice President of the Economic Council of Macau Government, Vice Chairman of Kiang Wu Charitable Hospital, Vice Chairman of the Tung Sin Tong Charitable Institution, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the University of Macau, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jinan University of Guangzhou, President of the Executive Committee of the Macau Olympic Committee, and President of the Macau Golf Association.

 



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