It is an honour to be appointed president of the Asia Pacific Hepatobiliary Association and thank the organisation on the trust bestowed on me. I hope to continue the excellent achievements of my predecessors. This regional association has grown dramatically since its inception in 2006. Every attempt will be made to continue this growth by increasing membership benefits, the development of new chapters and increasing the activities of the outreach program.
The Association's activities significantly contribute to and disseminate knowledge in all areas of HPB Surgery including clinical care, research, innovative technology and education and training. It is imperative that we harness the resources unique to our geographical area and provide leadership in these areas within the IHPBA.
Despite its diverse membership, the strength of the A-PHPBA has evolved through mutual collaboration and cooperation between individual nations. We have an ideal opportunity in research, education and training to enhance this further and develop a specific Asian Pacific culture. The national chapters and regional congresses play a vital role in developing this identity. We need to provide increased financial assistance and incentives to specific groups to ensure their participation in the activities of the Association.
To all the members, I would encourage you to actively participate in all the activities of your Association. I ask that you forward any suggestions or criticisms which would contribute to a vibrant A-PHPBA.