HKETO Newsroom

September 24, 2019

Director of HKETO attends the inaugural ACCE Manitoba Gala in Winnipeg

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.

September 24, 2019

香港經貿處處長在溫尼泊出席創業協進會首屆緬省晚宴

香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(香港經貿處)處長巫菀菁於九月二十四日出席創業協進會在溫尼泊舉行的首屆緬省晚宴。

巫菀菁在晚宴上致辭時,首先恭賀創業協進會首次在溫尼泊舉辦晚宴,以及慶祝該會成立二十五周年而推出的新發展。香港經貿處與創業協進會多年來一直協力推廣港加兩地的經貿關係。

巫菀菁特別提到香港特別行政區(香港特區)在「一國兩制」下的獨特優勢。她表示:「加拿大菲沙研究所及美國傳統基金會均在過去二十五年多來,將香港評為全球最自由的經濟體。」

巫菀菁表示,香港一直是加拿大公司進軍亞太市場的的長期重要夥伴,現時有超過二百家加國大小企業在香港經營業務。巫菀菁說:「港加兩地的營商文化、制度和語言均很類似,因此香港能夠為加拿大企業提供熟悉的環境。」

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大大縮短了來往香港與中國內地的時間。中央政府於今年初制定「粵港澳大灣區」的發展規劃綱要,是推動該區成為國際大灣區的國家級戰略發展計劃。

此外,巫菀菁提到香港的現況,包括香港特區政府撤回《逃犯條例》修訂草案的決定。她表示:「香港特區政府已展開對話平台,目的是走入社區廣邀公眾表達意見,共建美好香港。香港特區政府亦為不同企業,包括在香港註冊的海外公司提供一籃子支援措施。

巫菀菁強調,香港仍是安全、開放的大都會,擁有連繫全球、充滿朝氣和活力的經濟體。她鼓勵加拿大企業善用香港作為跳板,把握亞洲的機遇。