A veteran National People's Congress deputy is widely tipped to be the next chairman of the influential Chinese General Chamber of Commerce. Dr Robin Chan Yau-hing, 65, the chamber's assistant treasurer, is the father of non-affiliated legislator and chamber member Bernard Charnwut Chan. Dr Chan, who had indicated interest in the seat, was the most likely successor to Tsang Hin-chi, 64, sources said. 'I find Dr Chan a suitable candidate as he has a good background and is well-versed in the chamber's affairs. 'What's more, he can afford to spend a lot of time on chamber-related work,' one source said. Dr Chan is chairman of Asia Financial Holdings and his businesses range from insurance and trading to banking. Mr Tsang is due to step down in October after serving as chairman for two consecutive two-year terms. Four of the six incumbent vice-chairmen will also step down. They are businessman Ip Yeuk-lam, provisional urban councillor Peter Wong Man-kong, 49, businessman Ian Fok Chun-wan, 49, and former legislator Henry Wu King-cheong, 47. Mr Wong, Mr Fok and Mr Wu joined the chamber in 1994. Two other incumbent vice-chairmen, legislator Philip Wong Yu-hong, 60, and Alice Cheng, as well as incumbent treasurer and Liberal Party legislator Ho Sai-chu are free to offer themselves for re-election for a second term. A 21-member Election Committee named at the chamber's annual meeting last week will meet soon to decide the date for the elections of office-bearers for the 41st term of office. Founded at the turn of the century in 1900, during the Victorian era, the chamber is one of the oldest and largest chambers of commerce with a membership of more than 6,000.