HKETO Newsroom

February 20, 2020

HKETO Director attends business seminar in Toronto

Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Ms Emily Mo, attended a business seminar entitled "Hong Kong: The Best-Case Scenario for Expansion into Asia" co-organised by Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK), Toronto Region Board of Trade and World Trade Centre Toronto on February 20.

Speaking at the seminar, Ms Mo remarked that Hong Kong, the Asia’s World City, is built on a solid foundation of competitive strengths.  Strategically located at the heart of Asia, Hong Kong offers superb Asian and global connectivity.  “Besides the location, the city offers the freest trade environment, a low, simple and competitive tax system, a bi-lingual common law system, international support services and multicultural talent, world-class structure, vibrant living environment and a supportive government,” Ms Mo said.

Though Hong Kong has been facing some challenges including social unrest as well as the novel coronavirus situation, Ms Mo assured that the city would thrive in 2020 as its fundamentals are strong and intact.  

Ms Mo also highlighted the accomplishments of the Hong Kong in 2019.  “Hong Kong raised the largest amount of IPO funds worldwide and remained as the world’s freest economy and the second most competitive economy.  Hong Kong also implemented a Free Trade Agreement with the ASEAN, and achieved a 43% increase in the number of start-ups in two years,” she continued.

Before closing, Ms Mo encouraged Canadian companies to expand their businesses to China and beyond through Hong Kong.

Other speakers at the event include Chief Strategic Officer of Intact Financial Ms Monika Federau and Head of InvestHK Canada Mr Christopher Chen.  Federau spoke about Intact’s first Asia Pacific Region expansion in Hong Kong, and Chen gave an account on the wide range of customised services offered by InvestHK to help companies to advance their business plan in the city.

February 20, 2020

香港經貿處處長在多倫多出席商貿研討會

香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(香港經貿處)處長巫菀菁於二月二十日出席由香港投資推廣署、多倫多地區商會及多倫多世界貿易中心合辦的「香港:進軍亞洲的最佳方案」商貿研討會。

巫菀菁在研討會上致辭時強調,香港作為亞洲國際都會,是建基於穩健及具競爭力的優越條件。香港位於亞洲中心的策略性位置,是亞洲及全球不同城市和國家之間的橋樑。巫菀菁表示:「除地理位置外,香港亦提供最自由的貿易環境,實行低稅率及簡單具競爭力的稅制,奉行中英雙語普通法制度,提供國際級支援服務及匯集多元文化人才,擁有世界一流的基建設施,同時亦是充滿活力的都市,得到政府的大力支持。」

雖然香港最近面對社會動盪及新型冠狀病毒疫情的挑戰,巫菀菁保證香港的基礎仍然穩健完整,並會在二O二O年繼續蓬勃發展。

巫菀菁同時向與會嘉賓簡介香港在二O一九年的成就。她說:「香港於去年成為全球首次公開招股集資額最高的市場,並持續獲評選為全球最自由的經濟體和全球最具競爭力經濟體第二位。香港亦已經落實推行與東南亞國家聯盟簽署自由貿易協定,在兩年內增加了43%初創企業數目。」

最後,巫菀菁鼓勵加拿大企業透過香港將業務擴展至中國及其他地區。

研討會上其他講者包括Intact Financial首席策略總監Monika Federau及投資推廣署多倫多辦事處投資推廣總監陳立智。Monika Federau主要講述其公司首次在香港開拓亞太地區業務的經驗,而陳立智則介紹投資推廣署多倫多辦事處提供的各種專業支援服務,以協助企業在香港擴展業務。