HKETO Newsroom

February 9, 2018

Director of HKETO visits Montreal and Ottawa for business promotion

Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Miss Kathy Chan, visited Montreal and Ottawa from February 6 to 9 to promote Hong Kong’s unique role as the gateway to Mainland China and the rest of Asia.

Miss Chan spoke at the Chinese New Year Galas organised by the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association (HKCBA) Montreal Section on February 6 and the HKCBA Ottawa Section on February 8.

When addressing the galas, Miss Chan highlighted the advantages of doing business in Hong Kong, including the rule of law, an independent judiciary, a clean and efficient government, a simple tax regime with low tax rates, the city’s bilingual proficiency in English and Chinese, as well as a rich pool of professional talents. She added that Hong Kong is once again rated by the US-based Heritage Foundation this year as the freest economy in the world for the 24th consecutive year. In addition, Hong Kong SAR Government is working to introduce a two-tier corporate profits tax system later this year, under which the tax rate of the first HKD2 million profits earned by enterprises (about CAD300,000) would be reduced by half from 16.5% to 8.25%.

Miss Chan went on to say that Hong Kong is an ideal gateway for Canadian enterprises to tap into Mainland China. In 2003, Hong Kong and Mainland China signed the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA), and the content of CEPA has been enriched continuously. Miss Chan said, “Today, under CEPA, Hong Kong can enjoy preferential investment access in a wide range of services and non-services sectors on Mainland China. Canadian businesses can enjoy the benefits under this nationality-neutral arrangement by establishing a presence in Hong Kong or by working with a Hong Kong partner”.

Apart from Mainland China, Miss Chan pointed out that Hong Kong is also an excellent platform for Canadian enterprises to tap into Southeast Asia. Miss Chan said, “Hong Kong has successfully concluded negotiations of a free trade agreement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) last September. When the agreement comes into force starting next year, Canadian companies can make use of the facilitation measures to tap into the ASEAN market by using Hong Kong as a base or by partnering with Hong Kong service providers”.

Before closing, Miss Chan updated the audience on Hong Kong’s active participation in the Belt and Road Initiative. She noted that more than 120 Canadian delegates attended the second Belt and Road Summit held in Hong Kong last year and the upcoming third Summit will be held on 28 June 2018. Miss Chan encouraged Canadian businesses to join the Summit and grasp the numerous opportunities, ranging from infrastructure to trade and investment, offered by the Initiative.

During the stay in Montreal, Miss Chan called on Director of Asia Pacific and Oceania Markets, Quebec Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation, Mr Dominic Cousineau, and Vice-President, Business Services of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, Mr Guy Jobin, to promote the Hong Kong platform.

While in Ottawa, Miss Chan met with senior government official of Global Affairs Canada and representatives of Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and Invest Ottawa to update them on the latest economic developments of Hong Kong and to foster bilateral trade relations.

Earlier this month, Deputy Director of HKETO, Miss Florence Tsang, also attended the Chinese New Year Gala held by the HKCBA Winnipeg Section on February 3 to encourage Canadian entrepreneurs to explore the market of Asia via the Hong Kong platform.

February 9, 2018

多倫多經貿處處長到訪滿地可及渥太華推廣商貿合作

香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(多倫多經貿處)處長陳納思於二月六日至九日到訪滿地可及渥太華,推廣香港是進軍中國內地及亞洲其他地區的理想門戶。

陳納思分別於二月六日及二月八日在港加商會滿地可分會及渥太華分會舉辦的新春晚宴上致辭。

陳納思致辭時指,香港具有多項營商優勢,包括香港奉行法治、司法獨立、擁有高效率及廉潔的政府、實行簡單稅制及低稅率,而且中英雙語流通,專業人才匯集等。她說,今年香港連續第二十四年獲美國傳統基金會評選為全球最自由的經濟體。香港特別行政區政府亦正計劃今年稍後推行公司利得稅兩級制,企業首200萬港元利潤(約加幣30萬元)的利得稅率將由現時16.5%大幅減半至8.25%。

陳納思續說,香港是加拿大企業進入中國內地的理想門戶。香港及內地早於二○○三年簽署了《內地與香港關於建立更緊密經貿關係的安排》(《安排》),該《安排》的內容自簽署後持續增加。陳納思表示:「現時在《安排》下,香港可在中國內地多個服務業及非服務業行業享有優惠的投資待遇。《安排》並無限制資金來源地,加拿大企業只要在香港設立據點或與香港夥伴合作,亦可受惠於《安排》下的各項優惠措施。」

陳納思指出,除了中國內地,香港亦是加拿大公司通往東南亞市場的絕佳平台。陳納思說:「香港與東南亞國家聯盟(東盟)去年九月完成《自由貿易協定》談判。當協定最早於明年生效後,加拿大企業如以香港作為基地或夥拍香港服務提供者進軍東盟市場,亦可享受有關的便利措施。」

陳納思最後向來賓介紹香港積極參與「一帶一路」倡議的最新發展。她表示,去年共有超過120位加拿大代表出席在香港舉行的第二屆「一帶一路」高峰論壇。第三屆高峰論壇將於今年6月28日舉行。陳納思鼓勵加拿大企業踴躍參加,把握有關倡議在基建以至貿易投資所帶來的無限機遇。

陳納思到訪滿地可期間,亦與魁北克省經濟及創新科技廳亞太及大洋洲市場部總監Dominic Cousineau 及滿地可商會商務副總裁Guy Jobin會面,推廣香港的商貿平台。

至於在渥太華期間,陳納思與加拿大環球事務部的高層官員、渥太華商會及渥太華投署推廣部的代表見面,介紹香港的最新經濟情況,促進兩地的經貿關係。

今個月上旬,經貿處副處長曾菂怡亦出席了港加商會溫尼泊分會於二月三日舉辦的新春晚宴,她鼓勵加拿大企業以香港作為平台發展亞洲市場。