Farmland holdings in the New Territories represent an opportunity for public-private cooperation. Officials must devise a formula that allows developers to profit from developing the land in a way that also provides the community with affordable homes. Photo: Roy Issa

To turn farmland into public housing, Hong Kong must first agree on what’s fair. And that’s the problem

Bernard Chan says the public-private partnership model has worked in the past and can work again – if government officials, the developers who own the land, and the general public set aside their mistrust and commit to finding a deal that benefits all

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Farmland holdings in the New Territories represent an opportunity for public-private cooperation. Officials must devise a formula that allows developers to profit from developing the land in a way that also provides the community with affordable homes. Photo: Roy Issa
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Bernard Chan

Bernard Chan

Bernard Charnwut Chan, born in 1965, is a Hong Kong politician and businessman. He is the grandson of Chin Sophonpanich, the late founder of Bangkok Bank. He is currently convenor of Hong Kong's Executive Council.