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Founded in 2000, Hong Kong Federation of Designers Limited was renamed The Hong Kong Federation of Design Associations Limited in 2004. In April 2011, The Hong Kong Federation of Design Associations Limited adopted its FHKDA abbreviation exclusively. 
 
The Federation was founded by FOUR major professional design associations, namely Chartered Society of Designers (CSD, HK), Hong Kong Designers Association (HKDA), Hong Kong Interior Design Association (HKIDA), and Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association (HKFDA) for the incorporation of The Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC); Mr. Freeman Lau was elected as the first Chairman of The Federation. The Federation initiated the setup of a Design Centre in 2000, and at the Preparatory Meeting held in April 2001, the Chairman of the Preparatory Committee was Mr. Victor Lo. The Hong Kong Design Centre was then invited to one of the Members after its incorporation in 2001. Currently, FHKDA has a total of 29 members.
 
During the early years, The Federation has acted as a platform for the discussion of design, education, cultural policy and infrastructure development, providing room for expression of ideas and opinions from the industry to the government.  As early as 2001, The Federation has written recommendations to The Cultural and Heritage Commission to strive for more collaborative efforts in supporting the development of the design and creative industry; and in 2005, a white paper was further presented to the government, promoting the setup of a Design Museum under the West Kowloon Development Project. 
 
Since 2011, FHKDA has taken on a more significant role in coordinating projects that foster collaborations of professionals in different sectors of design with other industries and partners in the economy. To compliment the work of HKTDC, HKDC and those by different local institutions, FHKDA focused its effort in facilitating inter-city exchange programmes and communication, as well as fostering collaborations between designers/brands from around the region. In 2013, FHKDA has launched the “HK-SZ Initiatives”, which comprised of three project deliverables – “The 4th Hong Kong/Shenzhen Cultural and Creative Forum”, “HK-SZ Design Industry Survey”, and HK-SZ Online Intelligence Platform (the “DesignHub”). FHKDA has also been asked to take up the organization of the “GDN Symposium”, a concurrent event of the annual BODW. Since taken up the organization of the event, FHKDA has managed to grow the number of GDN members from 30 in 2012 to 99 in 2016.
 
Upon years of collaboration, FHKDA and SZIDA has jointly organized “The 1st HK-SZ Design Biennale”, which was held in September - November 2013 in Shenzhen. 8 exhibitions together with 8 events were held during the period. FHKDA has collaborated with 42 organizations (21 from Hong Kong and 21 from Shenzhen), bringing over 300 designers from Hong Kong to the different events. The event attracted over 680,000 visitors. FHKDA and SDPA has co-organized “The 2nd HK-SZ Design Biennale” in 2016 with over 300+ Hong Kong designers participated in 27 exhibitions, 29 networking sessions/seminars, and 82 workshops at 46 locations around Hong Kong. 209 products/exhibits have been developed out of the event. 9 products concepts and over 140 SKUs have been developed, under the mark of "NEXXT" – a brand empowered by FHKDA and SZIDA, endorsed by HK-SZ Initiatives,  as a result of the two Design Biennales. The “20…..43 Business of Hong Kong Design” held in 5 cities in the Mainland from July to Dec 2017, a total of 43 cases selected from different disciplines, demonstrating different forms of collaboration, highlight the concerted efforts of creative and industrial sectors of the Hong Kong community and those in the Mainland provinces and municipalities, has attracted over 900,000 visitors.
 
FHKDA has been organizing Expeditions to different cities around Asia since 2011. It has led delegations to attend the “Taiwan/Hong Kong Design Industries Forum” and the “Hong Kong/Taiwan Cultural Cooperation Forum” in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The delegation has successfully accomplished the objectives of evolving capacity, advancing collaborations, and building networks by promoting cross-cultural awareness between design or non-design industries of the two cities, and has agreed in the last meeting to conduct an industry-wide human resources study. The visit in 2013 has resulted in a collaborative effort between POSH and a Taiwan designer to develop a new product which has been successfully launched and marketed. The visits to Seoul and Bangkok in 2015 and 2016 had also led to a number of collaborations.
 
FHKDA aims to consolidate the industry efforts in Hong Kong by building stronger relationships with key local professional bodies and design institutions, as well as those in around the region so as to ride on the national development strategy involving "One Belt One Road Initiative" and "Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area", and strive to further strengthen the "Design Twin Cities" development for Hong Kong and Shenzhen. 
 
The signing of Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement with Authority of Qianhai Shenzhen-HongKong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone of Shenzhen, Shenzhen Qianhai Shekou Free Trade Zone Investment Development Limited* and KICERS Innovation Shenzhen Limited in August 2017 for setting up a “HK-SZ Design Innovation Hub” in Zetta Bridge, Shenzhen and the signing of Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement with Chengdu Management Committee of Tianfu New Area, Sichuan, Chengdu Media Group and Zetta Bridge (China) Creative Industry Development Co., Limited in May 2018 for setting up a “HK-SC Design Innovation Hub” in Zetta Bridge, Chengdu, marked new milestones for FHKDA, in recognizing its efforts in connecting Hong Kong with the Mainland, as well as new potentials for the Hong Kong creative industries to expand their footprints in the region.


Milestones

2019 Nov – Organized Transversity of Hong Kong Pavilion of Chengdu Creativity & Design Week 2019
2019 Sep – Presented a Proposal “Strengthening Connection with the Mainland through Stronger Support for Industry Collaborations and Promoting Creative Twin Cities Development” to the Chief Executive and Financial Secretary of HKSAR
2019 Aug – Attended meeting with government representatives of JinJang to discuss future collaboration
2019 Jul – Participated in discussion with Guangzhou Baiyun District People's Municipal Government for the development of Creative Industries in GBA
2019 Jun – Conducted Meeting with Chengdu Management Committee of Tianfu New Area, Sichuan and Chengdu Media Group to establish blueprint for the launch of HK/SC Creative Hub in 2021
2019 Apr –Signing of Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement with Hebei Industrial Design Innovation Center
2019 Apr – Launched Incubation GBA 2019
2019 Mar – Led a Hong Kong Delegation to meet with Representatives from Moving Images and Furniture and Home Furnishing industries in Chengdu
2019 Feb – Kicked off Creative Initiatives 2019
2019 Jan – Co-organized the 9th HK-SZ Design Twin Cities: Cultural And Creative Industries Forum
 

2018 Dec – Organized Global Design Network Symposium 2018 (Theme: “The Making Of”)
2018 Nov – Organized Hong Kong Pavilion: Viable City Shaping of Chengdu Creativity & Design Week 2018
2018 Oct to Dec – Co-organized Hong Kong-Shenzhen Design Twin-Cities 2018
2018 Oct – Co-organized Zhuhai Design Week & Beijing Design Week in Zhuhai
2018 May to Dec – Organized “Hong Kong-Mainland Creative Initiatives 2018”
2018 May – Signing of Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement with Chengdu Management Committee of Tianfu New Area, Sichuan, Chengdu Media Group and Zetta Bridge (China) Creative Industry Development Co., Ltd
2018 May – Participated in the The 14th Shenzhen International Cultural Industry Fair and co-organized the Networking Session at the Guangdong–Hong Kong–Macao Bay Area Cultural Cooperation Forum, Hong Kong and Macao Cultural Industry Cooperation Forum (The first session of the Creative Industry Business Matching of the HongKong-Mainland Creative Initiative 2018)
2018 Apr – Signing of Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Zetta Bridge (China) Creative Industry Development Co., Ltd
 

2017 Nov – Co-organized Networking Cocktail 
(The 21st Beijing Hong Kong Economic Cooperation Symposium BJ-HK Cultural Creative Industries Concurrent Event)
2017 Aug – Signing of Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement with Authority of Qianhai Shenzhen-HongKong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone of Shenzhen, Shenzhen Qianhai Shekou Free Trade Zone Investment Development Limited* and KICERS Innovation Shenzhen Limited
2017 Aug - Organized the 8th HK-SZ Design Twin Cities: Cultural And Creative Industries Forum
2017 Jun to Dec – Organized “20…..43 Business of Hong Kong Design” Exhibition in five cities in Mainland
2017 May – Organized Thai Annual Expedition
2017 Apr – Promoted 7.1 O2O Hong Kong Shopping Festival
2017 Apr – Co-organized Shenzhen Design Week 2017
 

2016 Dec – Co-organized the 7th HK-SZ Cultural and Creative Industries Forum
2016 Nov to Dec – Organized Global Design Network Symposium 2016 (Theme: THE Big Question - the emerging role of design(er))
2016 Sep to Nov – Organized The 2nd HK-SZ Design Biennale
2016 April – Organized Seoul Annual Expedition 


2015 Dec – Organized Global Design Network Symposium 2015 (Theme: Intermediation - Creative Match Making)
2015 Nov – Kick-off Prelaunch programmes for the 2nd HK-SZ Design Biennale at PMQ
2015 Nov – Set up the HK-SZ Initiatives Cooperation Committee Preparatory Team
2015 Sep – Signing of MOU with SDPA
2015 Sep – Organized the 6th HK-SZ Cultural and Creative Forum:
HK-SZ Design Twin Cities: Cultural And Creative Industries Forum 
2015 Aug – Presented the HK-SZ Design Industry Survey Consolidated Findings at InnoCentre to the design community
2015 Apr – Published the 1st HK-SZ Design Biennale Annals
2015 Mar – Organized Singapore Annual Expedition
2015 Feb – Published the HK-SZ Design Industry Survey Consolidated Report


2014 Dec – Organized Global Design Network Symposium 2014 (Theme: Nurturing Creativity)
2014 Dec – Officially launched HK-SZ Online Resources Platform – Design Hub
2014 Nov – Co-organized the 5th HK-SZ Cultural and Creative Forum
2014 Sep to Nov – Organized The 1st HK-SZ Design Biennale
2014 Sep – Presented the HK-SZ Design Industry Survey Initial Findings


2013 Dec – Launched the International Design Calendar
2013 Dec – Organized Global Design Network Symposium 2013 (Roundtable) (Theme: Global Design Intelligence)
2013 Nov – Organized Annual Expedition to Taiwan International Cultural and Creative Industry Expo 
2013 Jul – Organized the 4th HK-SZ Cultural and Creative Forum
2013 May – Launched HK-SZ Initiatives


2012 Dec – Organized Global Design Network Symposium 2012 (Theme: Making of Creative Cities)
2012 Sep – Organized Annual Expedition to the 2nd HK-TW Cultural Co-operation Forum
2012 Jul – Co-organized the 3rd HK-SZ Cultural and Creative Forum


2011 Dec – Organized Global Design Network Symposium 2011 (Theme: Strategic Use of Design)
2011 Oct – Organized Annual Expedition to the 1st HK-TW Design Industries Forum
2011 Jul – Organized the 2nd HK-SZ Cultural and Creative Forum
2011 May – Co-organized the 1st HK-TW Cultural Co-operation Forum


2010 Dec – Co-organized the 1st HK-SZ Cultural and Creative Forum
2010 Dec – Organized Global Design Network Symposium 2010 (Theme: Applied Design)
2010 Nov – Organized FHKDA Roundtable 
 

2009 Dec – Organized Global Design Network Symposium 2009 (Theme: Entrepreneurial Mindset)
 
2008 Dec – Organized Global Design Network Symposium 2008 (Theme: Competitions and Competitiveness)
 
2006 Jun – Submission of proposal and presentation at WKCD Museum Advisory Group Meeting
2006 May – Attended the West Kowloon Cultural District - “Design Complex” Forum
 
2005 Feb – Attended the Designer’s Vision for West Kowloon – Discussion Forum
 
2004 Feb – The name of the Federation is changed to “The Hong Kong Federation of Design Associations Limited”
 
2002 Sep – Participated in the Grand opening of Hong Kong Design Centre at 28, Kennedy Road, Hong Kong
 
2001 May – Facilitated the Incorporation of Hong Kong Design Centre Limited
 
2000 Dec – Incorporation of The Hong Kong Federation of Designers Limited
 

* This Name has been translated into English. If there is any inconsistency or ambiguity between the English version and the Chinese version, the Chinese version shall prevail.

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