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HKETO Director visits Vancouver

Posted in: Press Releases

October 13, 2017


The Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Miss Kathy Chan, paid a visit to Vancouver on October 11 and 12 to strengthen Hong Kong’s relations with the British Columbia government, Vancouver Airport Authority and Port Authority, economic development and trade promotion bodies, as well as community leaders of the city.

Upon arrival on October 11, Miss Chan paid a courtesy call on Mr Craig Richmond, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Airport Authority. Flight connections between Hong Kong and Vancouver have been strengthened in the past year. This June, Vancouver Airport welcomed Hong Kong Airlines as the third airline operating direct flight service between Hong Kong and Vancouver, after Cathay Pacific and Air Canada. Both Hong Kong and Vancouver airports are award-winning world-class aviation hubs and there is room for further collaboration and experience sharing.

On October 12, Miss Chan called on Mr Bruce Ralston, British Columbia Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, and Mr George Chow, Minister of State for Trade, to have exchanges on how to strengthen Hong Kong-British Columbia trade relations. She also called on Ms Joan Elangovan, Director of Asia Pacific Centre, Vancouver Economic Commission and Mr David Crawford, Vice President of Greater Vancouver Board of Trade to explore collaboration opportunities to help Vancouver enterprises to tap into the massive markets of Mainland China and the rest of Asia through Hong Kong. Miss Chan also called on Mr Robin Silvester, President and CEO of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to update the latter on the latest container port and logistic services developments in Hong Kong, as well as Ms Tammy Schulz, Director General of Operations of Western Economic Diversification (British Columbia Office) to understand more about their work to assist SMEs in British Columbia.

In the evening, Miss Chan attended the West Coast Gala organised by the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs to introduce to the guests the unique advantages of doing business in Hong Kong and Hong Kong’s position as the gateway for Canadian businesses to establish and expand their operations in Asia, including Mainland China. In particular, she mentioned that Hong Kong had once again been rated by Canada’s Fraser Institute as the freest economy in the world in its latest Economic Freedom of the World 2017 Annual Report just released in late September. On the other hand, under the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) signed between Hong Kong and Mainland China in 2003, Hong Kong enjoys more preferential investment access than any other external investor in a wide range of services and non-services sectors in Mainland China, and goods of Hong Kong origin can be exported to Mainland China free of tariffs. Canadian business can make use of the nationality-neutral arrangement to enjoy the benefits provided under CEPA by establishing a presence in Hong Kong or by working with a Hong Kong partner.

Miss Chan added that apart from Mainland China, Hong Kong has also strengthened trade relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Hong Kong and ASEAN have just concluded negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement and a related Investment Agreement in September, and the Agreements will be signed this November. When the agreements come into force, Canadian companies can also enjoy the facilitation measures if they use Hong Kong as a base in Asia or partner with Hong Kong service providers.

During her stay in Vancouver, Miss Chan also met with President, Ms. Elaine Chau, and directors of the Vancouver Film and Television Artists Society to keep them updated on the latest developments in Hong Kong and to seek their continuous support for Hong Kong promotion events in Vancouver in future.

Miss Chan returned to Toronto on 13 October.

 

The Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Miss Kathy Chan, held a meeting with Mr Craig Richmond, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Airport Authority on October 11.

Miss Chan (middle) called on Mr Bruce Ralston (left), British Columbia Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, and Mr George Chow, Minister of State for Trade, on October 12 to have exchanges on how to strengthen Hong Kong-British Columbia trade relations.

On October 12, Miss Chan (right) called on Ms Joan Elangovan, Director of Asia Pacific Centre, Vancouver Economic Commission, to explore collaboration opportunities to help Vancouver enterprises to tap into the massive markets of Asia.

On October 12, Miss Chan (middle) met with Mr David Crawford (left), Vice President of Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, and Mr. Austin Nairn, Executive Director of Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, to explore collaboration opportunities.

Miss Chan called on Mr Robin Silvester, President and CEO of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, on October 12 to update the latter on the latest container port and logistic services developments in Hong Kong.

Miss Chan (middle) met with Ms Tammy Schulz (right), Director General, Operations of Western Economic Diversification (British Columbia Office) and Mr. Trevor Todd, Manager of Western Economic Diversification, to understand more about their work to assist SMEs in British Columbia on October 12.

In the evening of October 12, Miss Chan gave a speech at the 2017 West Coast Gala organised by the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs.

Miss Chan (second left) photos with ACCE President, Directors and guests.

Miss Chan (middle) photos with Ms. Elaine Chau (first left), President of the Vancouver Film and Television Artists Society, and other directors on October 11.

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