Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo, attended the 2019 West Coast Gala organised by the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs in Vancouver on October 9, 2019.
Speaking at the Gala, Ms Mo first thanked ACCE for being HKETO’s long-time partner to promote trade relations between Hong Kong and Canada. In particular, HKETO has been sponsoring the Association’s Best Asia Pacific Business Award, which recognises Canadian entrepreneurs using the Hong Kong platform to take their businesses to the Asia-Pacific Region.
Notwithstanding the recent disruptions in Hong Kong, Ms Mo highlighted the strong fundamentals and institutional underpinning Hong Kong's economy and society. “Hong Kong was ranked third in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report release yesterday, and the Fraser Institute of Canada and the Heritage Foundation of the US ranked Hong Kong as the freest economy for over 25 years in a row,” Ms Mo said.
In addition, the unique advantages of doing business in Hong Kong, including its strategic location, world-class financial services and regulations, rule of law, simple tax regime, and strong professional services, have made Hong Kong the ideal gateway for Canadian businesses to expand their operations to Asia.
Ms Mo also updated participants on the latest developments in Hong Kong, including the two major transport infrastructure commissioned last year which greatly enhanced connectivity of Hong Kong with all cities in China, and the latest developments of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area.
Before concluding, Ms Mo mentioned the current situation in Hong Kong, including the decision to withdraw the extradition bill by the HKSAR Government, measures to support the business sector and dialogue sessions between the Government the general public.
Ms Mo encouraged Canadian entrepreneurs to use Hong Kong as their springboards to tap into the vast markets of Asia and beyond.