HKETO Newsroom

May 24, 2018

Director of HKETO visits Vancouver for business promotion

Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Miss Kathy Chan, visited Vancouver on May 24 to promote Hong Kong as an ideal platform for Canadian enterprises to explore the Asia-Pacific market.

Speaking at the 2018 West Coast Networking Reception organised by the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACCE), Miss Chan updated participants about Hong Kong's economic situation and latest developments. “Being a free and open market providing a level playing field for all businesses to flourish, we have attracted about 8,000 overseas and Mainland China companies setting up headquarters or offices in Hong Kong,” Miss Chan said.

Among the unparalleled business advantages, Hong Kong’s simple tax system and low tax rates have played a great part in building the city into an international business hub. “Starting April 1 this year, the corporate profits tax rate of the first HK$2 million profits earned by enterprises would be slashed by half from 16.5% to 8.25% only,” Miss Chan added.

Miss Chan went on to brief participants that two new infrastructure projects, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, would be commissioned later this year, which would greatly enhance the connectivity between Hong Kong and other cities in the Pearl River Delta.

In addition, she said that Hong Kong would actively participate in the new national strategy of the Chinese government of developing the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area (the Bay Area). “The Chinese government would soon unveil a development plan for the Bay Area, which is expected to include breakthroughs in policies to enhance the flows of capital, people and goods within the Bay Area as well as measures to facilitate Hong Kong people to study, work and live in the Bay Area,” Miss Chan said.

Apart from Mainland China, Miss Chan said Hong Kong is also the best platform for Canadian businesses to explore the Southeast Asian market. She pointed out that Hong Kong and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have signed a Free Trade Agreement and a related Investment Agreement last year. “These agreements will bring us more and better access to the ASEAN market when they come into effect after the completion of necessary procedures. Canadian companies can also enjoy the facilitation measures if they use Hong Kong as a base in Asia or find a Hong Kong partner,” Miss Chan said.

Before closing, Miss Chan took the opportunity to thank ACCE for their great support over the years to promote the Hong Kong platform to Canadian entrepreneurs.

During her stay in Vancouver, Miss Chan paid a courtesy call on Chinese Consul General in Vancouver Tong Xiaoling. Miss Chan also met with the key leaders of Hong Kong Merchants Association and Chinese Federation of Commerce of Canada, to brief them on the latest economic developments in Hong Kong and exchange views on strengthening bilateral trade relations.

Miss Chan will continue the business promotion trip to Montreal on May 25.

May 24, 2018

香港經貿處處長到訪溫哥華作商貿推廣

香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(香港經貿處)處長陳納思於五月二十四日到訪溫哥華,推廣香港是加拿大企業進軍亞太市場的理想平台。

陳納思在創業協進會舉辦的2018年加西商貿招待會上致辭,向與會嘉賓介紹香港的經濟情況和最新發展。陳納思說:「香港是自由及開放的市場,為企業提供公平競爭的營商環境,因此香港吸引了約8,000家海外及中國內地公司在香港開設總部或辦事處。」

在眾多無可比擬的營商優勢中,香港的簡單稅制及低稅率是使這個城市成為國際商業樞紐的重要因素。陳納思說:「由今年四月一日起,法團首200萬港元的利得稅率已由16.5%大幅減半至8.25%。」

陳納思接着向與會者介紹港珠澳大橋和廣深港高速鐵路香港段將於今年稍後啟用。這兩項新基建項目將大大提升香港與珠江三角洲其他城市的連繫。

此外,陳納思表示,香港將積極參與由中國政府提出發展「粵港澳大灣區」的新策略。她說:「中國政府快將公佈大灣區的發展規劃,預計會包括突破性的政策以促進資金、人員和貨物在大灣區內的的流動,以及便利香港人在大灣區內上學、工作及居住的措施。」

陳納思表示,除了中國內地,香港亦是加拿大企業通往東南亞市場的絕佳平台。香港與東南亞國家聯盟(東盟)去年已簽署自由貿易協定及相關投資協定。陳納思指出:「當這些協定所需程序完成並生效後,可為我們提供更多及更佳的渠道去進軍東盟市場。加拿大公司如以香港作為在亞洲的基地或夥拍香港企業,亦可享受有關協定的便利措施。」

陳納思最後藉此機會感謝創業協進會多年來的支持,向加拿大企業推廣香港平台。

陳納思到訪溫哥華期間,亦拜會了中國駐溫哥華總領事佟曉玲,並與溫哥華香港僑商會和加拿大華商會的主要人員會面,向他們介紹香港最新的經濟發展情況和商討如何加強雙邊貿易關係。

陳納思將於五月二十五日前往滿地可繼續商貿推廣行程。