HKETO Newsroom

February 13, 2019

HKETO and HKTB host joint Lunar New Year reception in Vancouver - 2019

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) and the Hong Kong Tourism Board (Canada) (HKTB) jointly held a Lunar New Year reception in Vancouver on February 13 to celebrate the Year of the Pig.


In her welcoming remarks at the reception, the Director of HKETO, Ms Emily Mo, updated some 120 guests on the developments of Hong Kong in 2018. She said that Hong Kong had continued to prosper under the "one country, two systems" principle. "We forecast that the economic growth for 2018 would reach 3.2 per cent. And the current unemployment rate remains low at 2.8 per cent, implying that Hong Kong is basically in a state of full employment," Ms Mo said.

"Human capital has always been the cornerstone of Hong Kong's success and economic development. Last year, the HKSARG launched new schemes to attract innovation and technology as well as research and development talents and experts. The first Talent List of Hong Kong was drawn up to attract quality people from around the world in an effective and focused manner," Ms Mo continued.

Ms Mo highlighted that Hong Kong has championed in various world rankings in the past year, including being the freest economy, the largest offshore Renminbi hub and Asia's first fund management hub; having the best environment for initial public offering (IPO) and mergers and acquisitions activities; and raising the largest amounts of IPO funds.

In terms of infrastructure, Hong Kong also ranked first out of 126 economies according to the Global Innovation Index 2018. With the commissioning of two major transport infrastructure projects last year, namely the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, connectivity between Hong Kong, Mainland China and Macao has been greatly enhanced. Hong Kong's position and its role in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area development and the Belt and Road Initiative have also become more prominent.

Turning to Hong Kong-Canada relations, Ms Mo noted that the two places continue to have very close relations in terms of trade and investment. "Hong Kong ranks third as a global destination for Canadian exports of services, with the exports to Hong Kong reaching CAD$2.9 billion in value in 2017. In addition, Hong Kong has also been Canada's eighth largest merchandise export market, particularly for high-quality frozen beef, fish and seafood," Ms Mo said.

Ms Mo remarked that bilateral trade ties between the two places continue to strengthen. In September last year, two Principal Officials from the HKSARG visited Canada to enhance exchanges in areas of trade and investment as well as civil service training and management.

Furthermore, HKETO organised and supported many events across Canada last year to promote Hong Kong. These events included a roving exhibition entitled "Hong Kong: Asia's World City", which was staged in 10 cities to showcase the beauty and achievements of Hong Kong in various areas, business and trade promotion events, international film festivals, cultural performances by Hong Kong performers, Hong Kong-themed dramas and academic seminars.

Ms Mo said that HKETO will continue to promote closer relations between Hong Kong and Canada on all fronts in 2019. She also announced that HKETO will hold a "Hong Kong Week" event under the theme of "Connect and Excel" in June. The programme will encompass a series of activities including a business conference, a photo exhibition, an academic seminar, a concert by the Hong Kong Oratorio Society, Hong Kong-themed drama and a dragon boat festival.

During the reception, the Director for Canada and Central and South America of the HKTB, Mr Michael Lim, reviewed the tourism marketing plans for Canada in 2019. "We will continue our efforts to promote Hong Kong as a multi-experience destination that offers a diverse and authentic experience. Canadian visitors are invited to discover Hong Kong like a local, with experiences such as witnessing the living culture in our neighbourhoods, the great outdoors and the arts. New multi-destination programs are being introduced with Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Greater Bay Area to ensure Hong Kong is an integral part of their Asian itinerary," he said.

A highlight of the reception was a special performance by the award-winning team SLASH from the Hong Kong Rope Skipping Academy. The team gave a breathtaking high-speed performance of swirling ropes, symbolising Hong Kong's dynamism and vibrancy. They team performed at the joint reception hosted by HKETO and the HKTB in Toronto on February 8 and a charity gala in Toronto on February 9. They also took part in exchange workshops with local rope skipping teams in Toronto from February 10 to 12 before arriving Vancouver. They will interact with three local rope skipping teams tomorrow (February 14) before they return to Hong Kong on February 15.

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February 13, 2019

香港經貿處及香港旅發局合辦農曆新年招待會

香港特別行政區政府 (香港特區政府)駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(香港經貿處)與香港旅遊發展局(加拿大)(香港旅發局)於二月十三日在溫哥華合辦農曆新年招待會,慶祝豬年來臨。

香港經貿處處長巫菀菁在招待會致歡迎辭,向120多位嘉賓簡介香港在二○一八年的發展。巫菀菁表示,香港在「一國兩制」下繼續保持繁榮。她說:「我們預測香港在二○一八年的經濟增長可達3.2%,而目前失業率保持在2.8%的低位,反映香港基本上處於全民就業狀態。」

她續說:「人才是香港成功和經濟發展的基石。去年,香港特區政府推出了多項新計劃以吸引創科及科研發展專才,並公布首份香港人才清單,以更有效和聚焦的方式吸引世界各地的優才。」

巫菀菁指出,香港過去一年在多項世界排名均名列首位,包括獲評選為全球最自由經濟體、全球最大的離岸人民幣中心、亞洲第一的基金管理樞紐。香港亦為首次公開招股及併購活動提供最理想的環境,是全球首次公開招股集資額最高的地方。

在基礎設施方面,根據二○一八年的「全球創新指數」,香港亦於126個經濟體中排列首位。去年通車的兩個大型運輸基建項目,包括廣深港高速鐵路及港珠澳大橋,大大加強了香港、中國內地及澳門之間的連繫,令香港在粵港澳大灣區發展及「一帶一路」倡議的地位和角色變得更為重要。

港加關係方面,巫菀菁指港加兩地繼續是彼此重要的貿易及投資夥伴。她說:「在二○一七年,香港是加拿大全球第三大服務出口目的地,出口至香港的總額達29億加元。此外,香港也是加拿大第八大商品出口市場,特別是高質急凍牛肉、魚類及海鮮產品。」

巫菀菁表示,港加雙邊經貿關係持續增強。去年九月,香港特區政府兩位主要官員到訪加拿大,就經貿投資及公務員培訓和管理方面加強交流。

另一方面,香港經貿處過去一年於加拿大舉辦及支持不少推廣香港的活動,例如在十個城市舉行的「香港:亞洲國際都會」巡迴展覽,介紹香港不同領域的成就和美景,其他還包括經貿推廣活動、國際電影節、香港表演團體的文化藝術表演,以及以香港為題的話劇及學術講座等。

巫菀菁表示,香港經貿處在二○一九年會繼續在不同方面推動港加兩地的緊密連繫。她又宣布,香港經貿處將於六月舉辦以「連繫全球 超越界限」為題的「香港周」活動,當中的一系列節目包括商務會議、圖片展覽、學術講座、香港聖樂團音樂會,以及以香港為題的話劇及龍舟節。

香港旅發局加拿大及中、南美洲幹事林兒銘在招待會上,講述二○一九年在加拿大的旅遊事務推廣計劃。他表示:「香港旅發局會繼續推廣香港作為多元體驗的旅遊目的地,讓加拿大旅客盡情享受香港不同的文化及地道面貌,例如穿梭於富個性的小區,享受悠閒寧静的戶外活動,或者沉浸在藝術的氛圍中。我們將會和亞洲幾個旅遊夥伴如泰國、台灣、越南和大灣區等合作,設計及推廣新的一程多站旅遊項目,讓香港成為旅客的亞洲旅程的必然目的地。」

招待會特別安排了香港專業花式跳繩學校的跳繩隊「SLASH」表演。該隊過往屢獲殊榮,他們的跳繩速度驚人,花式變化萬千,象徵着香港富動感和活力的一面。跳繩隊在飛抵溫哥華前,分別在二月八日由香港經貿處及香港旅發局在多倫多舉行的招待會,和二月九日在多倫多舉行的一個慈善晚宴上表演。他們亦在二月十日至十二日與數支多倫多跳繩隊伍進行交流。他們明日(二月十四日)將與三支溫哥華的跳繩隊伍進行交流,並在二月十五日返回香港。