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20 APR 2021  |  ISSUE 345

Dear Members and Friends

There is a clamour for in person events. This is in reaction to a year of Zoom meetings and the ardent wish to “get back to something like normal.” It is the extroverts who are clamouring most loudly. The introverts, including those like me who can be an extrovert when the occasion demands, are in no hurry. That is not because we are anti-social. We are just practical. The pandemic is still with us and indoor meetings carry the highest risk which is why risk mitigation and social distancing are needed.

Anyway, what is the point of an in-person event if you can’t mingle beyond the 7 other people on your table? What is the point if you can’t walk across and introduce yourself to someone whom you have always wanted (and maybe even needed) to meet? What is the point if you can’t greet a longtime friend on the opposite side of the room? There is no point when you can’t move around and network.

The only time there is a point is for AGMs and other general meetings for reasons of transparency and engagement. As we all found out last year, purely virtual AGMs have their limitations. That is why the Chamber’s 180th AGM on 23 June at 10.30am will be a hybrid event with 50 people in a meeting room and everyone else joining virtually all equally enabled to vote via Convene’s AGM platform. Do mark your calendars to save the date! After all, it is not every day you attend a 180th general meeting.

Yours faithfully
Victor Mills
Chief Executive
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