HKETO Newsroom

February 17, 2018

HKETO Director attends Chinese New Year Galas of Chinese Business Associations

Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Miss Kathy Chan, attended the Chinese New Year Gala Dinner hosted by the Confederation of Greater Toronto Chinese Business Association (the Confederation) on February 17. Earlier on 16 February, Miss Chan also attended the Mississauga Chinese Business Association Chinese New Year Reception.

Speaking at the galas, Miss Chan was delighted to note that Hong Kong is once again rated by the US-based Heritage Foundation as the freest economy in the world for the 24th consecutive year. She remarked that Hong Kong is an excellent place to do business and offers many unique advantages under the “one country, two systems” principle.

Miss Chan recognised the efforts paid by the Chinese Business Associations in the promotion of bilateral trade relations between Canada and China over the years, and encouraged Canadian enterprises to consider using Hong Kong as a leverage point.

Miss Chan said, “Not only do Hong Kong people have the knowledge, experience and network of doing business with Mainland China, Hong Kong and Mainland China have signed a Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA), under which Hong Kong has preferential investment access in different services and non-services sectors on Mainland China.” Canadian business can enjoy these benefits by establishing a presence in Hong Kong or by working with a Hong Kong partner.

In addition, there would be lots of opportunities to businesses arising from the national initiative of developing the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area (Bay Area), a mega city cluster with a population of 66 million and a GDP comparable to that of Korea or Australia.

Hong Kong is working with the Central Government to implement measures to enhance the flows of capital, goods and people between Hong Kong and the rest of the Bay Area. In fact, the connectivity between Hong Kong and other cities in the Bay Area will be enhanced with the completion of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge later this year. Miss Chan said, “The express rail link will connect Hong Kong to Guangzhou in 50 minutes, while the new bridge would substantially reduce the travelling time from Zhuhai to Hong Kong Airport from 4 hours to 45 minutes.”

On top of these, Hong Kong is also an excellent platform for Canadian companies to tap into Southeast Asia. Noting that Hong Kong has successfully concluded negotiations of a free trade agreement with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) last year, Miss Chan said, “When the agreement comes into force next year, Canadian enterprises can make use of the facilitation measures to open the ASEAN market.”

Before closing, Miss Chan encouraged the audience to collaborate with Hong Kong in pursuing the opportunities offered by the Belt and Road Initiative and welcomed them to join the third Belt and Road Summit to be held in Hong Kong on June 28.

On these very happy occasions, Miss Chan wished all participants a happy and prosperous Year of the Dog.

Earlier this month, Deputy Director of HKETO, Miss Florence Tsang, also attended the Chinese New Year Celebration held by the Toronto Chinese Business Association to encourage Canadian entrepreneurs to make use of Hong Kong as a platform to explore the market of Mainland China and Asia.

February 17, 2018

香港經貿處處長出席華商會新春活動

香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(香港經貿處)處長陳納思於二月十七日出席大多市華商總會舉辦的新春晚宴。陳納思於二月十六日亦出席由密西沙加市華商會舉行的新春招待會。

陳納思在晚宴上致辭時表示,很高興得悉美國傳統基金會連續第二十四年評選香港為全球最自由的經濟體。陳納思指出香港是營商的理想地方,在「一國兩制」下具備多項獨特優勢。

陳納思讚揚各華商會多年來不遺餘力推動加中雙邊貿易關係,並鼓勵加拿大企業考慮善用香港作為進軍中國內地市場的跳板。

陳納思說:「香港人有豐富的知識、經驗和人脈與中國內地營商,而且香港與內地簽署了《內地與香港關於建立更緊密經貿關係的安排》(《安排》),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。」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。

與此同時,國家倡議發展粵港澳大灣區,亦可為企業製造龐大商機。粵港澳大灣區是超級城市群,人口達6 600萬,國民生產總值相當於澳洲或韓國。

香港現正爭取中央政府推行措施,促進香港與大灣區其他城市之間的資金流、物流和人流。事實上,隨著廣深港高速鐵路及港珠澳大橋於今年稍後落成,將可提升香港與其他大灣區內城市的連繫。陳納思表示:「廣深港高速鐵路,可將來往香港與廣州的時間縮短至五十分鐘,而港珠澳大橋落成後,來往珠海至香港機場的時間,則將由四小時大幅縮減至四十五分鐘。」

此外,香港亦是加拿大公司通往東南亞市場的絕佳平台。香港與東南亞國家聯盟(東盟)去年順利完成自由貿易協定談判。陳納思說:「當協定於明年生效後,加拿大企業便可利用有關的便利措施進軍東盟市場。」

陳納思最後鼓勵來賓與香港合作,把握「一帶一路」倡議所帶來的機遇。她歡迎與會者參加將於六月二十八日在香港舉行的第三屆「一帶一路」高峰論壇。
陳納思藉新春佳節,恭祝所有來賓狗年萬事勝意,身心康泰。

多倫多經貿處副處長曾菂怡亦於本月較早前出席由多倫多市華商會舉辦的新春招待會,她致辭時鼓勵加拿大企業善用香港作為平台,開拓內地以至亞洲市場。