HKETO Newsroom

February 16, 2019

HKETO Director attends Confederation of Greater Toronto Chinese Business Association Chinese New Year celebration

Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto), Ms Emily Mo, attended the annual Chinese New Year Gala Dinner hosted by the Confederation of Greater Toronto Chinese Business Association (the Confederation) to celebrate the Lunar New Year with the four major Chinese business associations in the Greater Toronto Area on February 16.

In delivering her speech at the Gala, Ms Mo acknowledged the effort paid by the Confederation in promoting the bilateral trade relations between Canada and Hong Kong over the years. “With the many unparalleled business advantages, such as bilingual environment, low tax rates, common law system as well as Hong Kong’s free trade agreement arrangements with the Mainland China and ASEAN, Hong Kong has been serving as a platform to connect overseas business with the Chinese and Asian markets,” she remarked.

“Hong Kong is named the freest economy for 25 consecutive years and the best environment for initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions activities. It also recorded a robust 6.4% year-on-year growth in the number of companies with parent companies located outside Hong Kong,” Ms Mo continued.

Apart from economic advantages, Hong Kong also ranked first in infrastructure out of 126 economies in 2018. The commissioning of two major cross-boundary infrastructures, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link last year, enhanced Hong Kong’s connectivity.

As Canada is committed to trade diversification, Ms Mo encouraged Canadian businesses to leverage on Hong Kong’s advantages to diversity and expand their businesses in Hong Kong or through Hong Kong.

Earlier on February 12, Ms Mo also joined the Chinese New Year Banquet organised by the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs to celebrate its 25th anniversary and the Lunar New Year. Ms Mo extended her New Year greetings to the guests of the banquet and expressed hope to work closely with the association in fostering closer business ties between Hong Kong and Canada.

February 16, 2019

香港經貿處處長出席華商會新春慶祝活動

香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(香港經貿處)處長巫菀菁於二月十六日出席大多市華商總會舉辦的新春晚宴,與大多市的四大華商會慶祝新年。

巫菀菁在致辭時表示華商總會一直不遺餘力推動加港雙邊貿易關係。她說:「香港具有多項無可比擬的營商優勢,例如中英雙語環境、低稅率、奉行普通法法律制度以及分別與中國內地及東南亞國家聯盟簽訂自由貿易協定,令香港成為連繫中國與亞洲地區的平台。」

巫菀菁續說:「香港連續第二十五年獲評為全球最自由的經濟體,為首次公開招股及併購活動提供最理想的環境,而母公司在境外的駐港公司數目的按年增長亦高達6.4%。」

除了經濟方面的優勢,香港在基礎設施方面亦為126個經濟體中排列首位。兩個大型跨境基建項目,包括廣深港高速鐵路及港珠澳大橋亦剛於去年通車,加強香港與各地的連繫。

巫菀菁又提到加拿大致力推動貿易多元化,她鼓勵加拿大企業善用香港的優勢,在香港或經香港開拓及發展業務。

較早前,巫菀菁於二月十二日出席了創業協進會舉辦的新春晚宴,慶祝該會成立25周年及新年來臨。巫菀菁在晚宴上致新年賀辭,並期望與創業協進會更緊密合作,促進香港和加拿大的商貿連繫。