Robin Hibberd

Robin Hibberd

Robin Hibberd was an executive vice-president with a large Canadian-based international bank until 2015 and was responsible for its businesses in Hong Kong and China and the Asian region. He is a former president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

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Opinion | Hong Kong’s Covid-19 strategy must look beyond the focus on quarantine-free mainland travel

Resuming travel to the mainland has proven a dangerous distraction from important priorities such as getting the elderly vaccinated. Moreover, Hong Kong’s value to the country rests on its international gateway role for capital, goods and people, which also requires open borders with the wider world.

Resuming travel to the mainland has proven a dangerous distraction from important priorities such as getting the elderly vaccinated. Moreover, Hong Kong’s value to the country rests on its international gateway role for capital, goods and people, which also requires open borders with the wider world.

23 Mar 2022 - 9:45AM
Opinion | How Hong Kong’s ‘zero-Covid’ failures are a chance to rethink and win the war

‘Zero-Covid’ has always been more of a short-term objective than a long-term plan. As Omicron pokes holes in Hong Kong’s defences, the government must adapt to the reality of a Covid-19 world.

‘Zero-Covid’ has always been more of a short-term objective than a long-term plan. As Omicron pokes holes in Hong Kong’s defences, the government must adapt to the reality of a Covid-19 world.

9 Feb 2022 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Omicron’s emergence is the catalyst for Hong Kong to rethink its zero-Covid strategy

Sealing off the city helped save lives early on and bought people time to get vaccinated, but it also made us complacent. Now, the arrival of the Omicron variant means compulsory testing and quarantines are no longer practical, and it may be time to rejoin the world.

Sealing off the city helped save lives early on and bought people time to get vaccinated, but it also made us complacent. Now, the arrival of the Omicron variant means compulsory testing and quarantines are no longer practical, and it may be time to rejoin the world.

7 Jan 2022 - 1:30PM
Opinion | Flawed Legislative Council election still the best way to get Hong Kong back on track

It is understandable that people are sceptical and worried about how they will be governed. While the election was flawed, the promise of better political discourse and a sense of normalcy at least provide a silver lining.

It is understandable that people are sceptical and worried about how they will be governed. While the election was flawed, the promise of better political discourse and a sense of normalcy at least provide a silver lining.

20 Dec 2021 - 2:45PM
Opinion | Why I believe in Hong Kong’s talent for survival and success

The fundamental dynamic that made it successful is still operating: its free economy and minimal state intervention continues to attract a spirited group of ambitious, risk-taking talent – including, as shown in recent years, those from the mainland.

The fundamental dynamic that made it successful is still operating: its free economy and minimal state intervention continues to attract a spirited group of ambitious, risk-taking talent – including, as shown in recent years, those from the mainland.

2 Dec 2021 - 8:15AM
Opinion | The violence won’t end if Hongkongers would prefer to take their chances with the mob rather than side with Carrie Lam

Many people understand the rage of the protesters, even if they don’t support the violence. Such empathy is further coloured by mistrust of the Carrie Lam administration. The government must take positive action to realign public opinion.

Many people understand the rage of the protesters, even if they don’t support the violence. Such empathy is further coloured by mistrust of the Carrie Lam administration. The government must take positive action to realign public opinion.

9 Oct 2019 - 9:08AM
Opinion | After the 1967 summer of discontent, Murray MacLehose led the crusade for a happy and prosperous Hong Kong. Where is that spirit today?

Housing, education, medical care and social welfare: the issues addressed by the British governor in the wake of the 1967 unrest are again front and centre in Hong Kong’s latest summer of discontent. Will the government take a leaf out of MacLehose’s book?

Housing, education, medical care and social welfare: the issues addressed by the British governor in the wake of the 1967 unrest are again front and centre in Hong Kong’s latest summer of discontent. Will the government take a leaf out of MacLehose’s book?

30 Sep 2019 - 6:38AM