HKETO Newsroom

May 23, 2019

Director of HKETO attends ACCE West Coast networking reception in Vancouver

Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo, attended the 2019 West Coast Networking Reception organised by the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACCE) in Vancouver on May 23.

Speaking at the networking reception, Ms Mo highlighted that many investors are increasingly looking to the Asian market nowadays. She emphasized that market diversification is the direction of Canadian companies.

Ms Mo continued to introduce Hong Kong's unparalleled business advantages and as an ideal platform for doing business in Asia. "Possessing unique strengths under "One Country, Two Systems" and essential assets such as the rule of law, the independence of judiciary, low tax rate, strong professional services, etc., Hong Kong is now playing an increasingly significant role as a platform for doing business in Asia," she said.

Ms Mo supplemented that the Free Trade Agreement and the related Investment Agreement between Hong Kong and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) would come into force next month. "These agreements are comprehensive in scope, encompassing trade in goods, trade in services, investment, economic and technical co-operation and dispute settlement mechanisms. Canadian companies can enjoy the facilitation measures if they use Hong Kong as a base or partner with Hong Kong businesses,” Ms Mo said.

Ms Mo went on to update participants that Hong Kong continued to be the gateway to mainland China. This role was strengthened by the commissioning of two major infrastructure projects in Hong Kong last year, namely the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link and Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, which greatly shorten the travelling time between Hong Kong and all cities in the mainland China.

Besides, she said that the Chinese Central Government promulgated the development plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area earlier this year in which Hong Kong is one of the core cities in the development plan. "This would imply that a lot of new opportunities will be created to the people and businesses in Hong Kong," Ms Mo added.

Before closing, Ms Mo took the opportunity to congratulate ACCE on its 25th anniversary and was delighted to partner with the association to promote trade relations between Hong Kong and Canada over the years.

May 23, 2019

香港經貿處處長出席創業協進會在溫哥華舉行的加西商貿招待會

香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(香港經貿處)處長巫菀菁於五月二十三日出席創業協進會在溫哥華舉行的2019加西商貿招待會。

巫菀菁在招待會上致辭時,特別提到近年越來越多投資者趨向發展亞洲市場,她強調市場多元化是加拿大公司的方向。

巫菀菁續向與會嘉賓介紹香港無可比擬的營商優勢,並指香港是加拿大企業在亞洲營商的理想平台。她表示:「香港在『一國兩制』和各樣獨特優勢下,例如法治、司法獨立、低稅率、穩健的專業服務等,是企業進軍亞洲舉足輕重的平台。」

巫菀菁補充說,香港與東南亞國家聯盟(東盟)簽訂的自由貿易協定及有關投資協定將於下個月生效。她表示:「這些協定涉獵的範圍廣泛,涵蓋貨物貿易、服務貿易、投資、經濟和技術合作、以及爭端解決機制。加拿大公司如以香港作為基地或夥拍香港企業,便可享受有關協定的便利措施。」

巫菀菁接著向與會者介紹香港是通往中國內地的門戶。香港去年啟用的兩大基建項目- 廣深港高速鐵路和港珠澳大橋,加強了香港與中國內地的連繫,並大大縮短來往香港與中國內地各城市的時間。

此外,巫菀菁表示中國中央政府今年年初制定「粵港澳大灣區」的發展規劃綱要,而香港是有關規劃的一個核心城市。巫菀菁說:「這將為香港的居民和企業創造許多新機遇。」

巫菀菁最後恭賀創業協進會成立二十五周年,並感謝協進會多年來夥拍香港經貿處推廣港加兩地的經貿關係。