Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo, joined the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACCE) Awards Gala 2021 held virtually on April 24 and presented the Best Asia Pacific Business Award.
Speaking at the opening of the Awards Gala, Ms Mo complimented the Association on its efforts in continuing its work and support for Canadian Chinese entrepreneurs during the challenging times of the pandemic. The Association’s success in promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation and corporate social responsibility among the Chinese Canadian community for the past 27 years was commendable.
HKETO has been sponsoring the Best Asia Pacific Business Award since its inception in 2010. This award recognised entrepreneurs who successfully used Hong Kong as the platform to expand its business to the Asia Pacific region.
Looking ahead, Hong Kong is set to play a pivotal role in China’s game-changing economic development strategies, namely the Belt and Road Initiative and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Development. “There will be lots of new and exciting business opportunities for companies from Canada under these initiatives,” Ms Mo said.
“Besides, ASEAN is Hong Kong’s second biggest trading partner in goods, and fourth largest in services. Our Free Trade Agreement and related Investment Agreement with ASEAN can boost business and investment opportunities throughout this huge and fast-emerging trade bloc in Asia,” Ms Mo continued.
Before closing, Ms Mo encouraged Canadian businesses to make use of the Hong Kong platform to expand and grow in Asia. She also complimented the awardees on their contribution to the Canadian, Hong Kong and other global business markets.
The 2021 ACCE's Best Asia Pacific Business Award was given to Mr Shaun Sakdina, President of 4D Cityscape Inc. This global company has its own offices in Hong Kong, Dongguan China, and in Toronto Canada. Its products are now available in over 30 countries globally.