Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo, attended the inaugural Manitoba Gala organised by the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACCE) in Winnipeg on 24 September.
Speaking at the event, Ms Mo first congratulated ACCE on its first-ever gala dinner in Winnipeg and the Association’s other new initiatives on its 25th anniversary. HKETO is delighted to be ACCE’s long-time partner to promote trade relations between Hong Kong and Canada over the years.
Ms Mo highlighted that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) possesses unique strengths under “One Country, Two Systems”. “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,” she said.
Ms Mo noted that Hong Kong has long been a key partner of Canadian companies which want to tap into the Asia Pacific market. Over 200 Canadian companies ranging from small to large size are operating in Hong Kong. “Canadian businesses can feel homelike in Hong Kong, as the two places simply share similar business culture, systems and language,” Ms Mo said.
Hong Kong is the gateway to China. Last year, two major transport infrastructures have been commissioned in the city, which greatly shorten the travelling time between Hong Kong and Mainland China. Earlier this year, the Chinese Central Government promulgated the development plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area, which sets out the national strategic plan for developing the cluster into an international bay area.
Ms Mo also talked about the current situation in Hong Kong, including the decision to withdraw the extradition bill by the HKSAR Government. “A round of dialogue sessions has been launched with a view to communicating with the general public on their suggestions to building a better Hong Kong, and the Government has introduced a basket of measures to support companies, including overseas companies registered in Hong Kong.”
Ms Mo stressed that Hong Kong remains a safe, open and cosmopolitan society and an internationally connected, vibrant, and dynamic economy. She encouraged Canadian businesses to use Hong Kong as their springboard to capture opportunities in Asia.