The pandemic has affected the movements of people in Hong Kong and the mainland, impacting not only business operations and the economy but also the rollout of charitable projects.
Kazaf Tam Chun-kwok, chairman of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, notes that the group intends to develop cross-border education, and has drawn up initial plans.
However, it is hard to proceed with the venture for the time being due to quarantine requirements for travelers to and from Shenzhen.
New to the job, Tam is the youngest person to assume the position after a change in the system, which requires a potential chairman to have made contributions not only financially but also in time and effort.
Under present rules, a candidate must have been a director for three years and a vice chairman for an additional five. In other words, it takes at least eight years of service on the board to qualify.
Looking at the present slate, the next candidate in line for the top position will be first vice chairman Philip Ma Ching-yeung, deputy chairman of Tai Sang Land Development.
To ensure a new chairman has good knowledge of the group's work right from the word go, vice chairmen are each assigned duties. Areas in which Tam has been involved include education and youth.
Though the cross-border education plan would not be able to move full steam ahead until Hong Kong-mainland travel becomes normal again, the group is proceeding with many other major projects.
These include detailed planning for the redevelopment of its rental properties in Wan Chai and the upgrading of its International Funeral Parlour, works that are being carried out while fund raising under the pandemic continues.
These projects involve multiple areas, so the chairman would not be able to properly oversee them unless he or she is well trained and well versed in every aspect of the group's broad range of endeavors.
Siu Sai-wo is publisher of Sing Tao Daily