Edmund Ho

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Edmund Ho
Ho Hau Wah

GOIH, GML, GCM
何厚鏵
Edmond Ho 1968.jpg
Vice Chairman of the CPPCC National Committee
In office
11th CPPCC
Incumbent
Assumed office
13 March 2010
Chairman Jia Qinglin
First Chief Executive of Macau
In office
20 December 1999 – 20 December 2009
Preceded by Vasco Rocha Vieira
as Governor of Macau
Succeeded by Fernando Chui Sai On
Secretary for Transport and
Public Works of Macau
(acting)
In office
6 December 2006 – 14 February 2007
Preceded by Ao Man Long
Succeeded by Lau Si Io
Vice-President of the Legislative Assembly of Macau
In office
1988–1999
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Lau Cheok Va
Personal details
Born (1955-03-13) 13 March 1955 (age 59)
Colonial Macau
Political party None
Spouse(s) Tatiana Lau
Children (1) son
(1) daughter
Alma mater Schulich School of Business, York University
Profession Chartered accountant

Edmund Ho Hau Wah, GOIH, GML, GCM (Chinese: 何厚鏵; pinyin: Hé Hòuhuá; born 13 March 1955 in Macau with family roots in Panyu, Guangdong) was the first Chief Executive of the Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) of the People's Republic of China. He is now the vice-chairman of the 11th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.[1]

Edmund Ho was made Chief Executive-elect on 15 May 1999 by the Selection Committee for the Chief Executive of the MSAR. He was appointed Chief Executive-designate on 20 May of the same year by the Premier of the State Council, Zhu Rongji, and was formally sworn in as Chief Executive at a special ceremony marking the establishment of the MSAR on 20 December 1999.

Biography[edit]

Born in Macau and married with a son and daughter, Ho is the son of the late community leader of Macau and businessman, Ho Yin (何賢) and Chan Keng (陳瓊).

Education[edit]

After completing his primary education, Ho went to study in Canada in 1969. He went on to graduate with a degree in business administration from York University in 1978, and qualified as a chartered accountant and certified auditor in 1981. After working for a couple of years in an accounting firm in India, he was transferred to the United States in 1982.

Career in business[edit]

Ho returned to Macau and started himself on a business and political career in 1983, undertaking social activities and community service. His business interests ranged from accounting, finance and banking, insurance, public transportation, mass media, technology, land development to public utilities and he assumed various positions as auditor with KPMG Peat Marwick, Executive Director and General Manager of Tai Fung Bank, Chairman of the Macau Urban Transport Company Ltd (Transmac), Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Macau International Airport Company (CAM), Vice-Chairman of the General Assembly of Air Macau, Chairman of the Board of the MASC Ogden Aviation Services, Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Teledifusão de Macau (Macau Television) among others.

Politics[edit]

Ho's political career began in 1986, when he became a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). Two years later, he was elected deputy to the National People's Congress (NPC). He was elected to the Standing Committee of both the eighth and ninth NPCs.

Ho then joined the local legislature in 1988, and was Vice-President of the Legislative Council of Macau for 11 consecutive years (1988–1999).

Ho had been involved in the preparatory work for Macau's return to the People's Republic of China ever since the Sino-Portuguese Joint Declaration on the Question of Macau came into effect. He was appointed Vice-President of the Drafting Committee of the Basic Law of the Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) of the People's Republic of China in 1988. The following year, he became Vice-President of the Consultative Committee of the Basic Law of the MSAR. He was appointed Vice-President of the Preparatory Committee of the MSAR in 1998. Ho was also Convenor of the Land Fund Investment Commission of the MSAR of the PRC.

Over the years, Ho has been leader of a number of industrial, financial, educational, charity and sports institutions and associations. He was Chairman of the Macau Association of Banks from its foundation in 1985, Vice-President of the Macau Chamber of Commerce, Vice-Chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, Vice-President of the Economic Council of the Macau Government, Vice-Chairman of the Kiang Wu Hospital Board of Charity, 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, Guangzhou, President of the Executive Committee of the Macau Olympic Committee, and President of the Macau Golf Association.

Election results[edit]

Legislative Assembly[edit]

Year Candidate Hare quota Mandate List Votes List Pct
1988 Edmund Ho Hau Wah uncontested FC uncontested
1992 Edmund Ho Hau Wah walkover FC walkover
1996 Edmund Ho Hau Wah walkover FC walkover

Chief Executive[edit]

Year Candidate Votes Pct
1999 Edmund Ho Hau Wah 163 81.90%
2004 Edmund Ho Hau Wah 296 98.67%

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Political offices
Preceded by
Position created in 1999
Chief Executive of Macau
1999–2009
Succeeded by
Fernando Chui Sai On
Preceded by
TBD
Vice-President of the Legislative Assembly of Macau
1988–1999
Succeeded by
Lau Cheok Va
Preceded by
TBD
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Macau
1988–1999
Succeeded by
TBD
Preceded by
Ao Man Long
Secretary for Transport and Public Works of Macau
(acting)

2006–2007
Succeeded by
Lau Si Io